Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Is Love Sweeter the Second Time Around?

Buy Homecoming HERE

By Cate Masters

Most of us can tell at least one story about "the one that got away." But how many of us get a second chance at first love? At finding the love we thought we'd lost forever? 
If you're like my Homecoming heroine, Jennie Mayfair, then you remember your first love a little too well. Everything in Jennie's world took a downhill turn after she let Nick Spencer slip from her life. Worst of all, she married the wrong guy, one whose verbal abuse wore down her feeling of self-worth. 
But not even her ex's mind games could tarnish the image burning bright in Jennie's head. So when she had the opportunity to ask Madame Eve for one night with a guy who'd make her feel safe and sexy again, Jennie knew exactly the type of guy she wanted.  All she had to do was list every character trait of Nick Spencer: strong, sexy, intelligent, caring, a good listener. Someone who would handle her heart with care, but also knew how to tease out her sexy side. 
Now, maybe Madame Eve is highly intuitive and Nick Spencer was the only logical choice for Jennie Mayfair's 1NS date. Or maybe something more magical comes into play when the mysterious matchmaker pairs up the perfect couple. 
 I suspect Madame Eve is actually a relative of Fate, don't you? But where Fate can sometimes leave an absolute mess, Madame Eve steps in with her cosmic broom, sweeps the mess away and voila, two people find their lives in feng shui harmony. 
So what's your theory about Madame Eve? And are you a believer in second chances? 
If I haven't convinced you, maybe Old Blue Eyes can. Here's Frank Sinatra to explain as only he can why love is lovelier the second time around:  

Her abusive husband finally out of her life, Jennie Mayfair arrives in her hometown to rekindle old friendships and make a new start. Jennie wants someone safe but sexy to hold her again and make her feel loved, and a surprise invitation from Madame Eve seems to be exactly what she ordered. She never expects her wish list to be filled to such sublime perfection. But how can she trust the guy who shattered her heart years ago?

Nick Spencer’s business success doesn’t keep him warm in bed, and neither did his wife, though she knew how to keep other men warm – in his own bed. When he learns his first love, Jennie, is single again, he arranges for a blind date. One night with her convinces him he’s missed too many years of happiness. He doesn’t intend to let her get away from him again. But can he convince her their past will be a solid foundation for a new future?

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Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her dear hubby, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.
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  1. This is an excrutiatingly gorgeous cover, Cate! And the book sounds awesome. You know I believe in second chance love stories!

  2. lol, and you know I love your second chance stories, Taryn.
    Yes, that cover makes me sigh every time I see it!

  3. The fantastic cover, blurb, your lovely thoughts, Cate, makes me want to read Homecoming all over again while listening to the music you aptly provided. Now, where's my kindle....

  4. Aw you're so sweet, Arlene. I owe you for helping to make Homecoming the story it is. :)

  5. It is a lovely cover and yes for second chances at love. yes, yes, yes!!!!! Congrats, Cate.

  6. lol Barbara - thanks thanks thanks!!