Two professionals with a past they thought forgotten--can they keep their relationship strictly business when the passion reignites?
After the death of his ex-wife, Travis McGill becomes sole parent to his fifteen-year-old daughter. Determined to do what's best for her--even if it means reopening old wounds--Travis moves back to his hometown, Promise, Pennsylvania.
Rebecca Evans never forgave Travis for the way he dumped her. Not only did he break her heart sixteen years ago, he and his daughter are a reminder of the family she lost. But when Travis asks her to redecorate his Victorian house, she can't turn her back on him or his angry, grieving daughter.
Getting Rebecca back in his life might not be the easiest task, but Travis is determined to try. Can he earn the trust of the two most important women in his life? Or will he need on-the-job training?
"Rebecca Evans never forgave Travis for the way he dumped her. Not only did he break her heart sixteen years ago, but he and his daughter are a reminder of the family she never had. But when Travis asks her to redecorate his Victorian house, she can't turn her back on him or his angry, grieving daughter. Getting Rebecca back in his life might not be the easiest task, but Travis is determined to try. Can he earn the trust of the two most important women in his life? Or will he need on-the-job training? GREAT QUESTION.
FROM PAGE ONE, THE AUTHOR HAS WRITTEN A UNIQUE STORY, FULL OF EMOTIONS AND HAS YOU GRIPPING YOUR SEAT. HER WORDS PAINT PICTURES AND HAS YOU RIGHT IN THE STORY. HER PACING IS GOOD AND SO IS HER DIALOGE AND NARRATIVE. A FIVE STAR FOR TRAINING TRAVIS.... TITLE FITS THE STORY...:-)"
—Jaclyn Di Bona
"TRAINING TRAVIS is a contemporary romance about childhood sweethearts who are granted a second chance at love. The author skillfully handles grown up relationships that not only accommodate but incorporate the realities of death, disappointment and the demands of teenage children. The tone is both heartwarming and humorous in turn. (Oh My God, the heroine's oversexed mother is hilarious. Following the death of his ex-wife, Travis' teenage daughter comes to live with him. He moves back to his hometown in an attempt to give her what he thinks she needs but the poor guy really isn't prepared for full time fatherhood. The hero's interactions with his daughter, Liz, cracked me up. I especially laughed through his reaction to an extra set of ear piercings. (And I'm so thankful that my own daughter is only three.
The heroine, Rebecca, is an independent and strong-minded woman but her loneliness is palpable. I understood her trust issues with regard to the hero's dependability. I liked how the author paid attention to Rebecca's relationship with Liz also. She manages a good balance of the three personalities that would ultimately have to blend into a family unit for the hero and heroine to be together.
It’s a superb story with lost lovers reunited, complex family dynamics and funny flashes of humor taken straight from real life."
"What a sweet story of the way love can have a lot of twists and turns, but eventually, if it's meant to be, it turns out alright. In a world where women cheapen the link of love coupled with self-respect, belief in the specialness of self, this book was refreshing."
"I actually read this in one day -- wasn't sure at first but it grew on me. The three main characters had all suffered loss and all had trouble learning to trust again. Fortunately, they overcame this issue and all ended up just fine! Travis and Rebecca had been high school lovers until he left for the other coast and college and married another and started a family; she too married and had a family. One divorced, the other lost husband and daughter to an accident. Watching him deal with his 15 year old daughter was fun, brought back some memories too."
"This is a story of Travis and his daughter who lost her mother and his ex wife, and seeing his old high school girlfriend that he left behind. The story tells of the trials of a father having to take full time responsibility for his daughter and the problems that arise. Also the connection to his old love. I really loved this story. I liked how the characters interacted with each other, and the real to life everyday happenings. I think you wouldn't be disappointed in reading this story, I wasn't. It was nice to read a real romance book."
He sat on the stool opposite her so he could watch her cook. When she turned to place the bottle on the counter behind her, he couldn’t help noticing she was wearing a pair of pointy high heels. Damn. She looked good in anything she wore. He couldn’t help think she looked good in everything that was underneath too.
In an effort to get his mind off her curvaceous figure and avoid the embarrassment of being caught staring, he said, “So where did you learn to cook?”
Rebecca opened the broiler and turned the pork chops. “Television.” She placed the fork on the spoon rest and covered the cooked carrots with foil. “What’s so funny?”
His laugh was husky and low. “That’s where I learned. I’m surprised Liz hasn’t bragged about my culinary skills by now.”
Rebecca smiled. “She has mentioned you make one mean marinara sauce.”
He shook his head. “Leave it to a kid to only remember spaghetti sauce.”
She held out a wooden spoon filled with salad greens she had just tossed for him to taste. When Travis’ tongue flicked over his lips, her knees went a little weak.
“What is this dressing? It’s delicious.” He took the spoon from her hand and ate the remainder.
When he licked his fingers, she groaned inwardly. “Homemade vinaigrette,” she answered weakly.
Travis handed her the wooden spoon and the tips of their fingers touched. Hers tingled. Now more than ever, she knew whatever barrier she had thought she put between them no longer existed. God help her.