2017 Independent Publishers Award in romance (Bronze)
Forty-two and widowed, romance writer Jillian Grant believes hospitals equal death. Plagued by loss and convinced more is imminent, she has come to equate the absence of pain with happiness. When she spots a hot young landscaper with an eerie resemblance to the male lead in her next novel, she convinces him to pose as her cover model.
Working multiple jobs to put himself through college, 24-year-old Raine MacDonald is no stranger to loss. Behind his handsome face and rockin' body lie family tragedy and agonizing secrets. When circumstances put him in the hospital at the hands of his estranged father, fate delivers Jillian as his unwitting savior and her home as his temporary sanctuary.
In close quarters, their chemistry ignites, and Jillian is torn between facing her fears and grasping a chance at happiness. She must decide if age is just a number and if she's willing to risk the possibility that losing Raine will shatter her heart more than death.
"Unique women's fiction story packed with emotion, humor and sexiness. I could not turn the pages quickly enough." (Caridad Pineiro, NYT Times & USA Today best-selling romance author)