Man With A Past

Author: Kay Stockham

Publisher: Harlequin Superromance

Release Date: May 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Ashley Cade grew up in an orphanage and became a widowed mother at a very early age.  She moves to a small southern Ohio town to make a fresh start for herself and her little boy Max.  She buys an old home that she wants to turn into a bed and breakfast inn.  The house needs a lot of fixing up and she can not do it all on her own.  When Joe shows up at her door to interview for the position of handyman, she is shocked to her toes by the sizzling electricity that burns between them.  She does not think her heart will ever beat fast again for another man after losing her husband.  Will Ashley open her heart to Joe, only to have it shattered by the secret Joe is keeping?  Or will she trust her heart and mind, see the truth of his secret, and discover a rare love?

Joe Brody is a sexy man who just got out of prison for a crime he says he did not commit.  He returns to his hometown, discovers his father is recovering in a nursing home, and that everyone in town is still holding a grudge against him.  He is trying to find a job, but no one will hire him because of the reprehensible crime they think he committed.  While visiting with a friend of his father's, he finds himself facing the most beautiful woman he has ever met and agrees to take on the job of handyman to help Ashley fix her old house.  Yet, he knows that if Ashley ever finds out the truth about why he was in prison, she will kick him out of her home and her life.  He wants to help make her dream become a reality before she finds out the truth.  Joe has fallen in love with her and needs her to believe he would never do what everyone thinks he has done.  Will Joe convince Ashley that he is an honest man and he did not commit the crime he was accused of?  Or will his past dash his only chance at happiness and love with Ashley and Max?


MAN WITH A PAST is a very powerful romance between two lovely people who are trying to start a new life in a small town after enduring a jagged past.  Ms. Stockham pens a compelling plot with gripping characters that will tear at your heart, and have you cheering for their hearts to soar together.   I laughed out loud at the witty bantering and grabbed tissues during the heartbreaking scenes. 


Ashley is a lovely character.  She is strong from enduring a harsh past, lonely and very witty.  I fell in love with Joe.  He is a sexy rogue that has to come to terms with people believing the worst of him.  I loved him even more for opening his heart to allow love and trust become a part of his life again.  MAN WITH A PAST is laced with tragedy, broken hearts, and a sweet romance that will leave you breathless.  This enchanting tale will stay on my keeper's shelf and Ms. Stockham has become an auto-buy author for me.


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Billie Jo

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