I just finished reading Lady's Man yesterday and am still basking in its warm afterglow. :) I always enjoy the author's historical romances and was not surprised that she is able to write a contemporary one equally as engaging and enjoyable.
First, let me say that this "short novel" is definately NOT short on character development, plot, and romance. In fact, Ms. Crosby manages to pack so much into her "short" novel, that most other full-length ones pale in comparison. It is not your run-of-the-mill novella that you find on Amazon. It is most certainly worth the purchase price.
The style of this story reminds me a lot of a Nicholas Sparks novel, mostly because of the setting and the occasional bittersweet memory. But unlike a NS novel, it didn't break my heart and make me want to throw it against the wall (I don't like his notoriously sad endings!!) This book definately gives you the happily ever after that we all love.
After an intial meeting she is not likely to ever forget, Annie finds herself thrown together with handsome Jamie by a mixup at the rental office. Without anything else available for the July 4th week, they compromise and share the house--she and her dog Lady take the upstairs apartment, he takes the downstairs. After all, avoiding him shouldn't be a problem since she's not there to socialize, but to set free her grandmother's ashes in the nearby river, her grandmother's favorite place growing up. Jamie has other plans, though, and by first befriending Lady, is able to break into Annie's meticulously scheduled plans.
What follows is a beautiful, sweet romance that turns into true love for two previously lost souls. It's just wonderful! I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could!