Midnight Promises by Sherryl Woods
- Publisher: Harlequin
- Publication date: 6/26/2012
- Pages: 384
- Series: A Sweet Magnolia Novel Series , #8
- Source: Netgalley
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?
I love the Sweet Magnolia Series. All of the characters in this series are just wonderful and I love visiting with them book after book. Each story introduces a new couple, with their own challenges and troubles, but we get to visit with old friends and see where things are going and how everyone is. I think that this is one of the things that sets Sherryl Woods apart from other contemporary author is that most other series just revisit a whole group of character but she make the main story about new or reintroduced characters with just side peeks into the other lives.
Midnight Promises starts with Karen frustrated with Elliott again he know her history but yet seems to be keeping things from her and she is afraid that she is going to loses everything again. Her ex-husband up and left her with a ton of debt and she will not let it happen again. She is stressed to the max. A friend in the the restaurant she works at leaks that her husband is looking to start a men’s only gym with a few of the other men. This is the first that she has heard of it and she is furious. She stops off to the women’s only gym he is currently working at but is stopped by her old neighbor who talks her out of storming in and listens to what Karen has to say. The neighbor realizes that they needs some time together and offers to watch the kids.
Karen struggles to trust Elliott and his plan to start this gym especially since he want to spend the “baby money” they have save and a loan from the other men to get it off the ground but she puts her trust in him hoping that things will work out. Along the way she is taken in by the Sweet Magnolia’s and finally feels like she belongs. But will everything work out with the gym?
The story line is that of the neighbor who seems to be having memory loss, even though she wasn’t to deny it. This was a very sad story line and I am curious as to how things will turn out in the next few books.
This is a great series and one that I high recommend.