A Not-So-Perfect Past

A Not So Perfect Past Nina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward Knows he served time in prison Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs But that doesn t stop her from renting him a place to liv

  • Title: A Not-So-Perfect Past
  • Author: Beth Andrews
  • ISBN: 9780373715565
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Nina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward Knows he served time in prison Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs But that doesn t stop her from renting him a place to live And when someone crashes into her bakery, he s just the man to fix the damage.And Nina isn t the only one who thinks Dillon s the perfect man for the job her two kids hNina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward Knows he served time in prison Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs But that doesn t stop her from renting him a place to live And when someone crashes into her bakery, he s just the man to fix the damage.And Nina isn t the only one who thinks Dillon s the perfect man for the job her two kids have taken a shine to him Still, she can t afford to get close to Dillon, even if he is tempting her to toss out her good girl shoes Because it s not that she doesn t trust him It s that she doesn t trust herself.

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    1. Dillon is the brother of the heroine from Not Without Her Family. He went to prison for protecting his sister by killing his step-father. Prison changed him, hardened him, he doesn't want to be a hero or get involved anymore and after the events of the previous book his living in town has become difficult. He hates women like his mother who can't stand up to bullies even when her kids are the victim and Nina is like that even though she loves her kids.Honestly I didn't like Nina, I get it she wa [...]

    2. I could not wait to get to Dillon's story, but I have to tell you that I secretly wanted his boss Allison to be his heroine. their interaction I thought was wonderful and I was shocked when instead he is given a different heroine. His heroine is Nina. I loved Dillon so much and I did feel sorry for Nina's past but she pretty much betrayed Dillon EVERYTIME she was given a chance she eventually comes around and she eventually stands up and I understand how hard it was with her past. but watching h [...]

    3. 4 Stars ~ Dillon served five years in prison for manslaughter. His step-father had been attempting to rape his teenage sister and he had to protect her. Moving to Serenity Springs, he hoped for a fresh start but when there was a local murder and he was one of the last people to see the victim, of course, his past comes out in all it's horrendous glory. The town people aren't happy with an ex-con in their midst, and the owner of the bakery and the apartment he rents above it, isn't all that thril [...]

    4. This was well written and kept my interest. I enjoyed reading it but I do have some issues with it. The hero, Dillon, has a history that makes him less than sympathetic about her issues with being a battered wife. Every time she has a moment where she lets old fears and anxieties overcome her, he gets pissed and tells her off or walks out on her. It seemed like he wanted her to be super perfect or something. She does eventually call him on it. But I didn't really like Nina either. Sure she had a [...]

    5. Hero is an ex-con living upstairs from a single mom who runs/owns the bakery on the first floor. He went to prison for defending his sister - really isn't a bad person. Heroine is divorced from man who abused her (mostly verbal, but slaps as well) but hasn't been able to stand up for herself against anyone, including her protective family. Hero helps her find a backbone, heroine helps him believe in himself - very nice read. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    6. This is the 2010 RITA Winner for Best Contemporary Series Romance. An enjoyable book, with the angsty touches that I enjoy.

    7. Not really sure what to say about this book. The writing was very good. The characters seemed genuine and the issues seemed realistic. The problem may just be me. I didn't quite believe in the romance. I didn't think the hero, Dillon, had worked though enough of his issues. He was improving and opening up, but I thought he had a long way to go. It was difficult for me to see why she would have fallen in love with him. I could see that she was attracted to him and I could believe in the potential [...]

    8. When I did the research before getting this book and discovered the hero had been in prison for either a) a crime he didn’t commit or b) a crime he committed but in defense of someone who couldn’t defend themselves, I knew this one would be on my Very Short List of books to read. I LOVE this trope and some of my favourite books have this theme.And Dillon makes for a very scrumptious hero indeed. He’s been out of prison for a while now, living in the apartment over the bakery owned by Nina, [...]

    9. 4.5 Stars Harlequin Super Romance I can see why this book received the 2009 RITA award for the Series Contemporary category. As I delved into my first Beth Andrews story, delighted was I to find such a well crafted one, a hero that I needless to say salivated over and a heroine who was real enough with genuine problems and fears that she needed to overcome to find everlasting happiness and love with the man who even though is not perfect, is the one for her.Stuff I liked:1- Dillon Ward. I always [...]

    10. Easy, one-day read. I was intrigued by the less-than-perfect part. Give me real people, damaged people. People who don't always act or react the "proper" way. Drug addicts, robbers, etc.a past one can really sink their teeth into while rooting for the hero's eventual redemption. I'm tired of perfect-past or tragic victim heroes and heroines. This book delivered. Kind of.I'd have preferred if Dillon hadn't gone to prison for a very noble reason - protecting his sister. I'd like to read one where [...]

    11. A pretty good book for a Harlequin. I usually prefer some mystery or suspense with my romance and this had neither. It was really about Nina recovering from the abusive relationship with her ex and about Dillon allowing himself to be both a friend, brother and lover. I did not love the characters, but I found them very true to life and believable. Although it was a happy ending, the reader could tell it was still going to take work for both these characters to continue their journey but also tha [...]

    12. This is probably a 3.5 star book. It is part of a series that I didn't know when I started reading so I need to go find the previous books. At first I didn't like the heroine but then I realized why she acted the way she did. Gradually she started to develop a backbone but occasionally reverted to her previous beat-down self. The hero also had some issues with his past and how he expected people to treat him. Both had to grow in one way or another. Like most SuperRomances the children are rather [...]

    13. It was wonderful, sweet and emotional read. I haven't read the first book in this series, but it did't take away much from the story & I had no problems understanding it. The main characters were well developed & very human and lovable. As far as the secondary characters go, they were vividly imagined & added just the right amount of drama or tenderness (reg. Nina's kids). The best thing about this book is its characters, their being flawed & their journey towards a better life. [...]

    14. The romance of Nina and Dillon:Good Girl meets Bad Boy. Good Girl learns from Bad Boy. Bad Boy learns from Good Girl. Peripheral Characters benefit from all of this learning. By my brief review, you'd think that I didn't like the book. In actuality, I did enjoy it, but other romance authors, such as Kristan Higgins, have written books with a similar, "Oh-no-what-will-my-family-think" storyline, and done it in a more three-dimensional way. A Not-so-Perfect-Past won the RITA for Best Contemporary [...]

    15. My grade: A-. It's been a couple years since I read this book, so I don't actually remember all the particulars. I read this just prior to its winning the RITA and I liked it a lot. I liked the theme and liked how the heroine was so fair yet was hesitant, wondering if what she was doing was really right. The hero's trust comes slowly. As far as my recollection goes, I don't recall things that just didn't work for me. I thought it was a great superromance.

    16. it's a little series comprending 1 - not without her family2 - A Not-So-Perfect Past3 - his Secret Agenda4 - [Count on a Cop] - Do You Take This CopAnother good one. I love tortured and brooding hero! And he had a very sad but good story.I enjoyed the whole series

    17. Yup, I'm a sucker for a happy ending.It was cute book. It had some twists and turns I didn't see coming, and a sweet little ending to make me sigh and grin. It's worth a try.

    18. This was a good read. I enjoyed both characters and think the heroines emotional journey was the best part of the novel.

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