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Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Turning Thirty-Twelve

Title: Turning Thirty-Twelve
Author: Sandy James
Release Date: December 1st 2008
Format: Ebook
Source: Author
Buy: Amazon, BN

Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined.
When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won't be 'blind.' He's the father of one of her students.

Widower Mark Brennan isn't looking for love. After only a few dates with Jackie, he realizes he's quickly forming deep feelings for her. Wracked with guilt that he's 'abandoning' his late wife, Mark resists the pull toward dynamic Jackie. When Mark's daughter begins to date Jackie's son, things become more complicated.

Can Jackie and Mark find the courage to leave the past behind and embrace a new love? And how will a surprise pregnancy affect all their lives?

Jackie Delgado, a high school teacher, is a divorced mom dealing with her children leaving the nest. Her youngest son is off to live in a college dorm, so she's not sure what to do with her life now. Before school starts Jackie decides to get a jump start on buying school supplies for her Science classroom by going to the office supply store. She gives a few helpful tips to two girls and winds up meeting their hunky father. I had a hunch this guy was going to be the love interest and my hunch was firmly set in place when the younger girl turns out to be one of Jackie's students.

So since they didn't exchange numbers or information I was wondering how the two would wind up chatting again. Jackie's friend sets her up on a blind date, only for Jackie to realize that it's the hunky widower from the office supply store. The two get along well, but aren't picture perfect. Both have their hang ups, which the other has to tolerate and work through. Jackie has self esteem issues, and who wouldn't considering her husband left her because he knocked up his extremely younger secretary. Mark on the other hand has issues with letting go of his past wife. Oh and I forgot to mention Mark, the sexy widower, is a police officer. I do love a man in uniform, though he does have a bit of a temper which shows in the book a few times. Nothing crazy, but gives Turning Thirty-Twelve a bit more of a realistic touch as we know men aren't the most level headed beings.

I cannot recommend Sandy James's books enough. Her writing style is perfect for me, her characters are detailed and have characteristics that you can easily find yourself relating to. It doesn't stop there though, the friends, love interests, etc aren't picture perfect beings. Sandy makes them work for their relationships, and while the friendships are easy going they do have disagreements occasionally. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a contemporary where the female is looking for another chance at love.

Sandy is awesome and will be giving away 3 ebook copies of TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE. I'll also be tossing in a $10 B&N giftcard. Good luck!

Giveaway will be from 12:01AM 10/31/2014 and end on 11:59PM 11/07/14.
Winners will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to reply to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

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  1. Oh it sounds like a great romance! I haven't tried the author but I think I should, her book sounds really good!

    1. I started out with her Amazon series and loved it, then I moved to her contemporary and it's all great. Hope you enjoy if you read them :)

  2. So happy you enjoyed the story!! And now you're ready for when Fringe Benefits (Ladies Who Lunch, Book 4) is out in April!! Jackie's son, Nate, is the hero!! And Jackie and Mark make appearances as well!! <3

    1. Woohoo!! I love when that happens, can't wait to see Nate's story :)

  3. This does sound like a fun read. And I have to say I do like a book where the heroine is my age, or at least closer to it, sometimes. :) Thanks for the lovely review!

  4. You and Sandy James! Ive been on a contemporary streak lately and her books are to my liking, light, bubbly, romantic, feel good. My kind of.swoon!

    Happy Halloween!

  5. Thanks for the chance, this sounds totally cute :) It's been a while since I've been aout of dark side, maybe is time to take a cool brake :)
    Thanks guys!

  6. Aw yay! I'll have to try and get this worked in at some point. I've been loving her books too :D

  7. I just finished Sealing the Deal, Ladies Who Lunch #3. Sounds like I might want to grab this one in preparation for the last book. I can't agree with you more; Sandy James is one of my favorites, too.

  8. aww wow this sounds like such a cute romance read :D I love a book with good characters and the story line sounds fun!

  9. This sounds like the perfect light-hearted, cute read to read on a fall day! :)

  10. Sandy James is one of my favorite authors.i have all her books on kindle