I read this one before I should have - being that it was book number two in Laura Moore's Rosewood Trilogy. "Believe in Me" focuses on middle Radcliffe sister Jordan Radcliffe.
Recovering from her husbands affair and dealing with his lies and betrayal, Jordan Radcliffe returns home to Virginia and her family's horse farm, Rosewood, with her three small children in tow. Knowing that this was not the life she had envisioned, she is relieved to have the support of her sisters Margot and Jade to help her during this time of recovery.
Needing to make a life for herself and her children, Jordan decides to start up her own interior design firm and while on that route she crosses paths with architect Owen Gage. Jordan doesn't think that she'll ever find another man attractive or want another relationship ever again, her first impression of the sexy architect only reinforces that belief when she believes him to have taken her design ideas and the job that she was bidding on.
Owen Gage does not believe in long-term relationships and Jordan Radcliffe has that written all over her. And yet Owen finds himself unable to stop thinking about Jordan and wanting to experience a relationship with her - kids and all. When Owen starts a renovation on the property right next door to Rosewood, he decides to show Jordan that he believes in her abilities and hires her to do the interior decorating on the job.
With all of their time together, it was only a matter of it before they succumb to the attraction that has been slowly building. Jordan relishes in the feeling of being desirable again after her husband's betrayal and Owen finds himself wondering if he can be the kind of man that Jordan needs.
Of course like all good stories, there are misunderstandings and conflicts and Owen opts to walk away rather than test and wait and see if he and Jordan can have something permanent but in the end, he cannot stay away. It was all wildly romantic!
Laura Moore again produces a great romantic story with a little less focus on the equestrian angle than book one but gives this one more of an architectural and decorating one. All together it made for a great read; hard to put down.
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