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Meet the Author:
Nancy Herkness is the author of the award-winning Wager of Hearts and Whisper Horse series, published by Montlake Romance, as well as several other contemporary romance novels. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA® award.
A member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and Novelists, Inc., Nancy has received many honors for her work, including the Book Buyers Best “Top Pick” Award, the Maggie Award in Contemporary Romance, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award.
Nancy graduated from Princeton University where she majored in English. In addition to her academic work in literature, she was accepted into Princeton’s creative writing program, and her senior thesis was a volume of original poetry.
After graduating, Nancy had a varied career which included retail management and buying, COBOL programming, computer systems sales and marketing, and a brief stint as a receptionist at a dental office. Once her children were in school full-time, she sat down and wrote A Bridge to Love, her first romance novel to be published.
Nancy finds nothing odd about writing in the genre she calls the “Rodney Dangerfield of the literary world. It gets no respect.” She explains: “I was trained as a poet, but from the day my grandmother gave me my first Georgette Heyer novel I wanted to write romance. Romance is the genre of optimism, and that’s why I like it.”
A native of West Virginia, Nancy now lives in suburban New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs. She cheers loudly for the New Jersey Devils hockey team.
Second Glances Series
Second to None
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
This was a super cute and quick read! Nancy Herkness packed a mighty punch in this sweet little novella. It’s emotional, flirty, and sexy to boot.
Max Varela gets a huge shock when Emily Wade bursts into his life after seven years of no contact. He purposefully removed himself from her life because he was secretly in love with her and she was married to his friend. Now that they’ve re-established contact after so many years, those feelings come bursting to the surface. Can Max continue to do the honorable thing or will he act on his feelings now that he’s free to do so?
What I enjoyed:
Nancy’s style of writing is so detailed and focused. Although, this is a novella and on the shorter side, I didn’t feel like there was anything missing from the plot. The characters are detailed. You get a strong sense of their feelings and beliefs. That’s one of the true strengths I’ve noticed with this author’s work. She pours her heart and soul into her characters.
The storyline is intriguing and emotional. I feel for Emily and Max both. A difficult and traumatic events leads to their second chance at romance. And although their are obstacles in their way, they don’t lose sight of the great potential in front of them. The main characters shine, but the secondary characters are also great. I especially loved the kids and the story behind the shelter.
All in all, another great read from Nancy Herkness!