Series: The Gentleman's Club, Book 2
Author: Lacey Wolfe
Release Date: October 4, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, May-December, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Lacey Wolfe
Chandler doesn’t do relationships. His life is all mapped out and with no room for a long term relationship. When he meets Jamie, feelings develop and the easiest way to handle those feelings is to end things before it gets too complicated.
Jamie has never done heartbroken and that doesn’t change when Chandler decides to end things. She picks herself back up and gets right back out into the dating world. After all, there are plenty of eligible bachelors at The Gentleman’s Club.
Before they can both walk away for good, a problem neither of them expected arises. Things heat up, lives are changed, and it all boils down to what the paternity test says.
Warning: This is a May-December romance with a hero that is going to make you hate him long before he redeems himself.
Other books in this series
I met Jamie and Chandler in Unforgettable, Book 1 of this series. I can't say I wanted them to be together but I did want Jamie to have her own happy ending. I just didn't think Chandler was it or that he'd be such an idiot.
I don't know much about Chandler's past (there's only a very brief glimpse into it at the beginning of the book) but I know what he's worked hard for what he has. Maybe all of that pride in being so successful and having gone from no one to some made him into an ass. I don't know. But he was rude, selfish, and a total dick. He wasn't looking to settle yet something about Jamie made him unable to be with any other woman.
Jamie doesn't come from wealth. She's not even wealthy. She lives on a teacher's salary but her life is plenty rich with her students, work, and her best friend Krista. Even though her heart tells her Chandler's no good for her, she can't help but want him even when he rejects her and what they've created together.
Truthfully, I didn't hate Chandler at all during this story. He's not someone I'd willingly be friends with if he were real though, not at first. Getting to know him, giving him a chance... That'd take a lot of convincing. It was like that for Jamie during the second half of the book.
There was a different...tone (?) to Chandler after he rejected Jamie and his babies. The year and a half that went by changed him a lot. No one needed to tell me that. I could see it. He was more subdued, more internal. He missed Jamie, missed his kids even though he hadn't met them yet. That alone made me hope for something more for him, for them. But he had a lot to prove to Jamie. She needed to see this wasn't just a lapse in sanity, that he'd really changed, that he was in this for the long haul.
Did he? Yes. The tenacity that made Chandler a force to be reckoned with in business served him well as he pursued Jamie. He didn't force himself into her life again. He let her call the shots, a decision I was so proud he'd made. Going from being nothing to something in Jamie's life wasn't easy. Her insecurities had to be addressed. Forgiveness had to come without strings. But he hung in there and his patience paid off for him and her.
I liked this better than Unforgettable. There was so much growth in this story in both Jamie and Chandler. The people they were at the beginning are not who they were at the end. The life they didn't know they wanted is what they needed. The love they felt was deeper than the lust that brought them together. Chandler and Jamie's story wasn't what I expected but in that unexpectedness it was perfect.
Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. Her goal as an author is to have a romance for everyone, whether it’s sweet, sensual, or spicy. She’s had several books on the Amazon best seller lists. When she isn’t writing, she can be found running, talking to her pets, spending time with her family, or lost in some sort of craft. She takes kindly to anyone who feeds her cookies.
Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their herd of cats, and one black lab who rules the house.