FINDING THE ONE #5                                  ROCHELLE FRENCH
Posted:  May 9, 2015

Finding the One by Rochelle FrenchArt photographer Mac Johns moved to the small town of Meadowview to reinvigorate his artistic career. And he’s finally found his muse—the gorgeous and amazingly sexy woman with whom he just had a one-night-stand. Trudy Prendergast is a former model whose career in high fashion tanked after nude photographs of her were publically insulted. In a really bad case of mistaken identity, Trudy signs a contract with Mac, thinking she’d be modeling for his sculptor father. Whoops!
When passion heats up between them again, Mac lets Trudy out of the contract, unwilling to risk her career even though his photographs of her could put him back on the map as one of the world’s best art photographers.
Finding someone who could see Trudy for her true self once seemed impossible. But Mac seems to see her—to see her beauty, inside and out. And when Trudy discovers what Mac has given up to protect her, she’s suddenly torn between two options: lose the lucrative contract she’s been working so hard to win…or lose Mac.
     This is a story of two people looking to start over.  Yet, carrying a great deal of fear for what that could look like and what it might bring into their lives.  Although their lives and stories are so different fate you could say brought them to this “Do Over.”
     It opens with a gallery showing for Gregor Johansson’s work a well-known sculptor from Meadowview.  The showing itself is two hours away in Sacramento, California.  Yet, it didn’t keep a lot of hometown supporters from coming out for the show.  Including Gregor’s son’s best friend Remy Toussaint, the sheriff, in Meadowview.  Supporting Gregor that night are his daughter 18 years old and single mother, Doe, and her baby Aaron.  Also, his son art photographer Mac Johns.
     You see Gregor’s children are talented Doe single handedly handles her dad and brothers careers.  She also put on the gallery showing with press, publicity, and was all a big success.  As for Mac he is a fantastic artist yet when his muse who was his mother passed away from cancer several years back he lost all his drive for his art photography.  Now just doing commercial photography.  He has stuck his toe in the water though he has been kicking around an idea for a series of photos for Warrior Woman.  So, he went as far as calling a modeling agency that he will meet in the morning across the street from the gallery, at the hotel.  He is still so unsure his mom dying too all his drive.
     Now you get to meet Trudy Prendergast.  She is a model who was at the top covers, runways, and all the other stuff but 4 years ago her world took a great big turn.  She found out she needed to have all her girly parts that reproduced removed.  If that wasn’t bad enough the whole event caused her to put on weight which she could handle.  It was when a photographer who had taken nudes of her, which she knew about but had not given consent to use, but it put up a modeling pic with the nude and called her names like Tubee Trudy.  She was proud of the nudes it wasn’t that it was the fact that she had just lost her identity as a woman and then was being called names about her weight that earned her a living.  Not only was it hurtful to her heart and feelings but to her career.  Work dried up.  A year later the dust has settled but all she can get is print work nothing with a contract for any length.
     Trudy was desperate now.  She was about to lose everything.  Here condo, everything!  So, when her agent called and said Gregor Johansson was looking for a model she jumped at her chance.  Her agent thought she needed to be at the gallery to try and meet Gregor but a mishap with a grape and a baby changed her course.  So meeting him was a no go.  It wasn’t a total loss, she met three very nice people she could see as friends and one is sexier than hell, Mac Johns.
     She found out Doe works for Gregor and could get them a meet and a meet with his son too.  You see Mac hasn’t told her who he is and Remy and Doe don’t want to blow his cover because they know he likes them to get to know him for him first before they know he’s Gregor’s son.  Plus he was debating with himself you see she looks like his drawing of the Warrior Woman and actually carries the personal traits he sees in his vision of the character but he knows he would like her in his.  Now what?...
     Once they got to the point where S-E-X was on the table her mind started to raise.  The first time with a partner ever since 4 years ago she did in the dark.  She was still self-conscious about the scars on her stomach and extra flab that made her jiggly parts extra jiggly.  The same flab that earned her the title Tubee Trudy.  So, let’s see she had the hysterectomy, lost her modeling contracts, any hopes of maybe marriage and babies, and she had lived with sister as a foster child ward of the state.  Yeah!  No hang ups there.  She is perfectly F-I-N-E.
     Now she had to live with blowing a wonderful night of great talk, sensual looks, and rock your world sex with an ‘Oops!” Walking out on Mac without a good-bye.  Now she had to tell her sister Milla who she loves more than anyone but who with her husband, Jarrod, keep cranking out babies.  She’s pregnant now she had baby Gabby still carried in her car seat, the twins Laura and Lana, and Betsy that she can’t have kids.  Apart of her envied her for she could never have a baby.  Yet, Mac was under the impression that her uttering the “Oops!” was due to him giving the bad sex.  He had been ready to do better was telling her so.  She thought he was saying she had given him the worst sex.  A comedy of errors and dialogue caused this misunderstanding.
     Follow this couple as they find their fear was through past heartache.  Even present fear of wanting and a future filled with doubt for a carefree happy future.  You will find much to smile over for their thoughts make you laugh but their actions are even funnier.  Mac’s and Trudy’s sisters add a whole lot of life to this saga for sure. I give this book 5 stars.
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