This is Jaleena and Ridge’s story.
Jaleena Falcon is alone in the world, except for her brother Trent. Jaleena owns a store called Talk of the Town. She is a strong, outgoing woman who is trying to make her store a success, in memory of her dead mother. Trent is her criminal brother, fresh out of prison who won’t take responsibility for his life. He has squandered the inheritance his mother left him and is now trying to bully Jaleena into giving him her money.
Ridge Taylor is a ladies’ man who has added many women to his bedpost notch. Catlin was the last woman he dated who is 10 years his senior and very possessive of him. Ridge is done with her and wants to move on with his life, but she does not want to accept that he is no longer interested in her.
Ridge enters Talk of the Town in time to see Trent manhandling Jaleena because he wants money from her. Ridge tells Trent to let her go and the tension starts from this point on. Amidst all of this drama there is an instant attraction between Jaleena and Ridge, which is mutually felt by them both. They commence dating to further explore their attraction for each other. The relationship is going well and the couple becomes intimate.
To strike back at Jaleena for not giving into his demands, Trent triggers a series of events that is to have a catastrophic impact on Ridge and Jaleena’s relationship. Ridge is placed in a position where he has to choose between Jaleena and his seriously ill relative who has raised him for most of his life and whom he owes a lot too. Ridge makes a decision that puts the relationship in jeopardy.
This story raises some interesting questions for me: Would I want to be with someone who hesitated to choose me over his family? Would he be weak in my eyes for not fighting for our relationship even if it meant standing up to those (including relatives) who would want to wreck our happiness? Would I want to forgive when the man who says he loves me came to his senses and wanted a second chance?
The story becomes very intense and fraught with the rights and of wrongs of how to handle the difficult circumstances brought on by the actions of Jaleena’s vindictive brother.
I enjoyed the story and would recommend it.
-Reviewed by Marcia