Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Time is ticking on this second chance at romance…
With a recent promotion and loads of confidence, Chloe Stevens has landed in sunny LA as a sales director for a leasing company. Quickly picking up on successful business strategies, Chloe also zeros in on a challenging romance option, Zane Shepard, an LA city planner. Chloe and Zane quickly discover an intriguing lust/love attraction, eventually transforming it into the perfect relationship.
After a year, Chloe is ready to take the next step, cohabitation, but instead, Zane blindsides her with the unexpected news of a breakup.
After months of sleepless nights doubting herself, Chloe decides their breakup stemmed from the issue of bad timing; she was ready to commit and he wasn’t. Armed with her theory of choosing future relationships based on matching timelines, Chloe packs up her damaged heart and moves home to Dallas. She quickly lassos a new love interest, Trey Morgan; a boyfriend with good timing who’s ready to take the plunge.
Twenty years later, Chloe’s world unravels when she discovers her marriage to Trey is riddled with infidelity and lies. Taking on a new job, she’s forced to confront her past and rebuild the confidence she had in spades when she was younger. Unexpectedly, she has a chance to take a second stab at romance, but finds her good timing mantra severely tested.
IMPERFECT TIMING by Bobbie Candas was a quick read though sometimes it was confusing as the perspectives and timelines switched from past to present. Chloe is in for a lot of surprises due to the untimely death of her husband. Apparently, Chloe’s husband led another life when they were apart, and Chloe didn’t have a clue. Watching her come to terms with her grief and her financial and marital problems was eye-opening and a kick in the teeth on more than one occasion.
There were many twists and turns, both with Chloe’s relationship with Zane and all she had going on the present day. Chloe’s daughter seemed wise beyond her years, and Chloe tried to shelter her from the harsh truths as much as she could. Communication didn’t seem to be Chloe’s strong point even though she was in sales and could deal with all sorts of clients, faking it if she had to. There were family and friends, careers, secrets and truths, heartbreak, injuries, hurt, hidden assets, romance, loving, and love. Bobbie Candas did a fabulous job describing the homes, the businesses, the beach, clothing, and food that made me feel like I was there. Many stories were being told, and some were woven in better than others. Some had loose ends or details glossed over to focus on the bigger picture, but the details would have given more depth to the story. There was a potential for a happily ever after and some closure.
Ms. Candas is a new author to me, and I’m excited to read more of her books. There was an excerpt of LUCK, LOVE AND A LIFELINE at the back of the book, which drew me in and left me wanting more. I have added this book to my TBR pile.
I’m a Texas girl: grew up in San Antonio, went to school at UT in Austin, and settled in Dallas where I raised a husband, two kids, and a few cats. My husband and cats will probably disagree on who raised who, but I’m a sucker for a robust discussion.
For years I’ve been involved in retail management, but have also really enjoyed writing, taking deep dives into the lives of my characters. When you can pry my fingers off the keyboard, I’ve been known to imbibe in a few glasses of wine and have been spotted forking into some decadent desserts while gathering with friends and family. I enjoy shopping, usually on the hunt for apparel with a weakness for shoes, and will frequently jump at the opportunity taking an unexpected trip to a far-away place.
In addition, there’s always time for reading. I keep a stack of novels ready and waiting on my nightstand, with a few tapping their toe in my Kindle as well. I bounce around genres, snoop around the best-seller lists, and on the ready for a good recommendation.
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