Medium: Available in eBook and Paperback
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Narrative: Written in third person.
GoodReads Summary: While on vacation, a night out turns into a drunken haze, and Novalee Jensen wakes up hung over, confused, and… married? Fleeing Nevada, Novalee returns home to Montana to hide out, dreading the moment when her husband will show up to take her hard-earned business. But two years later just when Novalee thinks her secret is safe, guess who walks through her door? Now, face-to-face with the man she left in a hotel room two years ago, Novalee discovers the difficult part isn't having to explain her actions that night, or the questions that arise about the sexy stranger's arrival, it's keeping her hands off her husband. And what's Novalee to do when the hardest part turns out not to be confronting her past, but facing a possible future without her soon-to-be ex-husband?
Multi-millionaire Dean Philips wakes up in a Las Vegas hotel room to find the pretty blonde he married the night before gone. The piece of paper he possesses proves she served her purpose, and guilt ridden over his actions, Dean begins a battle with his father for a fight for his grandfather’s fortune. When Dean is ordered to have his wife appear in court, he finds himself in a small town in Montana, looking for the woman who ran off two years ago. Caught up in secrets and lies of his own, he has to find a way to persuade her to come back to Vegas with him without having her find out that she's the missing puzzle piece to everything he's been fighting for. But when Dean decides to mix a little pleasure with business, he suddenly finds himself in unfamiliar territory that could cost him everything.
The idea of a Vegas wedding to a stranger intrigued me enough to want to read this novel right away. Novalee and Dean couldn't be from two more different worlds. Wealthy hotel mogul legacy vs small town hardware store owner's daughter. That in itself had me turning the pages.
I read this book in two days. Let me tell you, with all that I have going on in my life, that is quite a feat. I just couldn't stop. I kept telling myself they can never work out. How the hell can this possibly work? Dean was lying to Novalee, himself, and pretty much everyone around him yet elements of the truth were at the forefront throughout the story.
Schmidt kept me longing for Dean's confession to Novalee about the knowledge of their marriage long before he arrived on her doorstep. Even as I got to the last chapter with tears in my eyes, I had doubts that anyone could survive the pain they had put each other through and come out with a happily ever after.