Can she have her cake… and her ex, too?
Single mom Serena Carey must pull off the ultra-exclusive Carey fundraiser without a hitch.
Which is exactly the moment Jack Colton walks back into her life.
After seven years, the hotelier is more gorgeous than ever, and the chemistry between them still sizzles. Now he’s offering Serena a business boost she can’t refuse…and she’s offering an invitation to her bed he can’t resist!
Serena sees her chance to set the terms and change the rules of the game. But is she playing for keeps this time?
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Ways to Win an Ex
Series: Dynasties: The Carey Center #2
Author: Maureen Child
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 26, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Ways to Win an Ex is the second title in the Dynasties: The Carey Center series, and it delivers sizzle, chemistry, family, second-chances, and a couple made for each other if they are willing to take the risk of trusting in each other and what they’re feeling right now… not seven years ago when choices were made that lead to heartache.
I liked this couple from the start. Yes, Jack was a jerk seven years ago when hearing Serena’s declaration of love he simply turned around and walked right out of her life. Jack’s experience with love and marriage was his parents’, and that union was full of anger, deceit, and betrayal of the worst kind. He couldn’t trust love, and he had some major cleaning up of his own life, his mother’s life ahead of him… so he walked, broke the heart of a young woman who went on to make choices that would harm her even more.
Serena stepped from the heartache of Jack’s rejection right into a marriage of the worst kind with a man who was a user, a manipulator, and an all-around horrible man. He did, however, leave her with one miracle, her daughter, Alli. She’s dumped the husband, has sole custody of her daughter and is setting out to take her place in the Carey family business. And a lot is riding on one event, one event that will bring a former lover right back into her life whether she’s ready for him or not.
Both Jack and Serena have some lessons to be learned in Ways to Win an Ex, most important of all is trust. Watching Serena take control of every aspect of her life, her protectiveness of her daughter while fighting against falling for the man she’ll always love was an emotional journey in many ways. Jack’s realization of exactly how freeing love actually is was perhaps my most favorite portion of their romance. He’s used to seeing love used as a weapon, now he’s finally understanding just how powerful that emotion can be in a positive relationship. I loved seeing Serena go for exactly what she wanted, finally. And one little adorable scene-stealer will capture your heart instantly. But most of all I loved how Jack was with Alli, so protective, so engaged, so smitten.
If you love a good romance that will break your heart on some levels and will send that same heart soaring on others then this story or this series would be a perfect match for you.
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