I was hesitant about Second to None, since I'm never sure about when the friend falls in love with his friend's wife.
Nancy Herkness hasn't let me down yet, however, and I'm glad I picked this book up. Max is lovely, and it was a joy to see him and Emily fall into love and a relationship. Much as I enjoyed Emily, Max, and everyone else at the children's center - I did feel that the story moved along a bit too fast. I would have liked to see more of them falling into love, maybe a bit of their past together, and how Max fits into the life that Emily made with her daughter and her work. As it is, I thought the ending just a bit too rushed, but it is a novella.
Second to None is a wonderful quick pick-me-up and I hope to see more of Max, Emily, and the rest of the gang in her future books.
Billionaire chemist Max Varela is selling his company and leaving New York for good when Emily Wade bursts into his office, desperate for his help in funding her program for disadvantaged kids and shelter dogs. Seven years ago, he fell in love with her when she was married to another man. To fight the unbidden attraction, he cut off all contact—but he’s never forgotten her.
Ever since her husband died, Emily has poured her heart and soul into the after-school care center. Seeing Max reawakens the pain of her loss, but it also brings unexpected hope for the future. As emotions thought long gone resurface, the two begin a passionate affair that seems destined for a fairy-tale ending.
That is, until Max reveals that he’s moving to Chicago in a matter of weeks and wants Emily to uproot her daughter and her life to come with him. If a second chance at love is possible, someone’s got to give.