STORY OF US (Love Unexpected #3)

STORY OF US                                    JODY HOLFORD

Declan James has been Brockton Point’s most ineligible bachelor––happy with his short-term relationships and focusing on his business. But now that his closest friends have found their happily-ever-afters, he can’t help but wonder what that might be like. And then Sophia Strombi shows up on his doorstep.

Sophia’s life is––well there’s no other word for it––a mess. She’s grateful to have some work at her brother’s best friend’s bar, and a place to stay. Since she’s working hard to get her life back on track, she’s desperately trying to ignore the fact her boss makes her heart pound in a good way. Wait––no. That’s not good at all.

Besides, she has a huge secret she’s keeping from everyone––one that’s a life-changer.

     Ten years ago, at eighteen, Sophia Strombi left warmth, love, and security of the family she always knew.  Under a cloud of darkness, anger, hurt, and bad feelings.  All because she wanted to go away to college.  Being from a traditional Italian family it is just not the way it is done.
     So, Sophia did it anyway.  Moving to Arizona putting her self through college.  Receiving two masters one in marketing and in business.  She gets a great job and meets a great guy.
     So, she thought.  Now she has made the decision that being away from home, Brockton’s Point, Maine for ten years, is long enough.  Her brother about the only one who spoke to her mentions a job.  His best friend Declan James bar is looking for a manager to help with those duties and marketing.  Just up her alley.
     When he sees her, he decides his "the one" has appeared so whatever she wants.  She asks for a job and time before he tells her family she’s home.  He agrees.  Their misconceptions about each other from the past must change in order to see each other as true adults.
     Being that Declan’s friends were marrying or coupling he had already decided before she had come back to town.  That he wanted to find a woman to settle with him in his house.  Sophia is not sure she is the woman for that commitment.  She has a secret that can make it all blow up.
     See how these two deal with the tug and pull of loyalty, trust or what the two of them might call loyalty with conditions.  There’s her family, there’s his best friend-her brother, and there’s their newly renewed friendship.  Things get really complicated.

     I enjoyed the way this author took real life and made it come alive with the pain and the humor.  As well as the misconceptions of what one thinks as to what is an actual fact in a family setting.  I really enjoyed the alpha male Declan.  He tried to be so hip yet was so old school.  I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by                                                              Follow us at

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