TAINTED: LANCE AND MARY              TESS THOMPSON                                              
One career-ending mistake sends Lance Mullen home to Cliffside Bay in search of a fresh start. And in no time at all, home begins to feel like the place he was always meant to be. With his beautiful new beach house, his friends and family close by, and a profitable business to grow, life really is good. That is until his heart tries to wreck everything... again.

After losing her mother, child, and marriage, Mary Hansen has built a nearly impenetrable wall around her heart. She's convinced her dream job, a few growing friendships and a never-ending stream of books to fill her evenings are enough for a contented if not all together joyous life. Though she's on guard not to get too close to anyone, one careless moment with Lance will shatter her prospects for an uncomplicated future.

The fifth installment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small-town charm, men you would love to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door.


     Coming to Cliffside Bay was out of fear of losing the only person she ad left.  But in her haste and fear, she made enemies of the people she would come to need the most.
     This is a very funny, complicated, and yet, touching story.  Of a young idealistic woman who wanted the storybook wedding, white picket fence, and the two-point two children.  Oh yeah, the husband to go along with that.  This is where the story might go south.  Picking the right husband.  Fairytale ends.
     Not only was she so young and did she have blinders on when picking a good solid husband with eyes only for her.  You see when she is pregnant with her daughter, then in mourning the deaths for not only her daughter but then her mother too, said husband, is and has been for months, carrying on an affair with the local barista.  He tried to blame her saying she is always depressed.  But she knew the text she finds that he had started the affair before she finds out she is even pregnant.
     So, when she meets Lance, he ends up being the type of man she’s always wanted.  Intellectual, well rounded, funny, he understands her and her losses, and even though he should be on the side of his family and friends he was on her side.  He even hired her to be the manager of his new bookstore.  Her being a librarian made her the perfect fit.  Lance knew a great business deal when he saw it.
     He may have left New York in disgrace because of a relationship gone bad it wasn’t because of a bad stock option.  He knew what he knew.  Mary was a good investment for his business and for his hearo figure.  He planned to figure out how to get her to see him.  New Year’s Eve they both see each other thinking a one and done or at least she was.
     When it changes everything yet nothing it leaves them with more questions than not.  How do they maneuver being best friends after pleasing each other on this one night better than ever in their lives?  Can it just be, back to business, only?  Mary is so afraid to give her heart to another man believing all men are cheaters.  Lance, on the other hand, wants to spoil Mary beyond belief and be her forever man. 
     This is a very good book.  If you have lost a child at all along your path miscarriage or older this book will touch you and it can be a healing journey for you along the way with the ladies of the group.  Tess uses the path of her character in life to help heal.
     We see how they use their anger, pain, fear, humor, and sexuality to get through things.  It is, in the end. the friendships that get them through.  Whether it be between the couples themselves or the Dogs as they call themselves (hubbies) or the Wags (wives) all coming together to work as a unit.  Bonding together to help each other use that strength to heal, love, or celebrate each other.  I didn't feel like I missed anything coming in at story five.
     If I could give it more than five stars I would.
I give this: 5++++ stars.  Free Amazon.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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