Join three college friends as they move from NYC to Maine to start new lives.
This boxed set includes the following novels:
Jaded - Kari & Jake's Story
As a photographer for the New York Post, Kari Martin was used to seeing heartache and scandal up close. But one night at the club, her whole world changed. Heartbroken and willing to call off her wedding, she decides a change is in order and moves from NYC to a small town in Maine, where the average age of the residents there is 60 (or thereabouts). She works to fit in perfectly, and tries like hell not to let anyone find out just how very jaded she's recently become over the lie called love.
Jake Isaac left Texas quite a few years ago; his heart torn from his chest, and his mind set on being a bachelor forever. Maine would welcome him, give him land to explore and a community to belong to. Getting a job as the coach of the local junior high and serving on the fire department kept him busy - and labeled him a hometown hero - but the truth of his damaged heart was forever hidden. No one would ever know just how jaded he was about love. That is, until he meets Kari.
Justified - Lisa & Marc's Story
Lust has always been the emotion of choice; love nothing more than a silly game played by delusional fools.
Lisa Parks has been successful at everything she touches, her confidence is her calling card. A recent move to Maine from New York is just the change of atmosphere she needs for a fresh start. With far too many mistakes in her past, her eyes remain focused on loving and leaving, her actions justified by far too many cracks in her damaged heart.
Marc Martin is living the dream, his college being paid for and his sights set on great things. In a quick turnaround trip to help his older sister Kari move to Maine after heartbreak, Marc meets the woman that just might be his match. Lust has been a reoccurring theme in his life, and he has no plans of changing that. He is young and free, handsome and ready to set the world on fire, and finds that he is justified in breaking hearts everywhere he goes.
Judged - Sicily & Drake's Story
A past filled with harmful teasing isn't easily overcome. Neither is a history of crime and death.
Sicily Moretti comes from a long line of good cooking and large hips. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Culinary Institute of America, she finds success in sugary treats and rich pastries. Having moved from New York to Maine with her closest friends, Kari and Lisa, she's looking for a new start where the building of her own bakery will be her focus. She's not looking for love, nor is she interested in it. She's been judged too many times.
Drake DeMarco comes from a long line of crime, his new life a fresh start. His older brother, Demetri, worked hard to help the feisty alpha male cut ties with who he was born to be, his past completely hidden to everyone in the small town of Bar Harbor. He's invested in the town's only gym and is working hard to keep his attention only on his business, but everything changes when a dark-haired beauty begins to steal not only his attention, but his heart.
With a past that would land him in jail, he's beyond scared to let Sicily in. Good thing she doesn't seem in the least bit interested. Will he finally push past his fear of having her judge his family and their nefarious ways and force her to see him for who he is on the inside? The past follows them until they turn and face it, reconciling who they once were from who they are to become.
Warning: 18+ Explicit sexual content and mild language that might offend.
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I liked the stories although I should have read them rather than listened on Audible.
The stories were well written and it was easy to become invested in the three girl's stories. The stories were only diminished by the narration. The narrator mispronounced several words and even a name. The first book sounded like it was recorded in a bathroom. When the narrator raised her voice in the first few chapters, there was an extremely obvious echo that my ear could not get rid of after that. It was distracting every time the narrator said "Lick did" "like did" "look did" instead of licked, liked, looked.
- Tiffany Morris