Author: Sherryl Woods
Series: The Sweet Magnolias #8
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When Elliott Cruz first courted struggling single mom Karen Ames, it it was a romance worthy of any Sweet Magnolia fantasy. The sexy personal trainer made it his mission to restore Karen's strength—physical and emotional—and to charm her children.Now, a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear them them apart. Elliott's desire to finance the business opportunity of a lifetime with their hard-earned "baby money" stirs Karen's deep-rooted financial insecurities. It's the discovery that their brother-in-law is cheating on Elliott's sister—and thinks it's justified—that puts their irreconcilable differences into perspective.
Will their own loving fidelity be a bond so strong they can triumph against all odds?
Unlike most Sweet Magnolias this one takes place a bit after the wedding when Elliot Cruz and Karen Cruz are having the big old communication issues and having trouble juggling married life and finding time for each other.
Elliott is working on building a gym like The Corner Spa but for men, unfortunately Erik let's it slip to an unknown Karen who flips out. Not wanting secrets and throughout this book it became a repetitive issue keeping secrets. Karen is always afraid that the money is going to run out and the debts will build up while Elliott tries to reassure her that isn't going to happen.
Also we meet Elliott's sister who is having marital issues of her own. Unfortunately in the Cruz family you don't get a divorce and this becomes an issue many of Elliott's family had trouble welcoming Karen due to her divorce. Even harder when Elliott married the divorced Karen. So when Elliot's sister has issues all Karen does is lend an ear if his sister should ever need it.
Karen seems to have a lot of compassion to those who haven't treated her the best but she still seems to be able to accept others regardless.
What a great story with some mini stories intertwined. Definitely a great addition to the series!