When a divorcée takes an out-of-town job in Pensacola, the last thing she expects is to run into an old nerdy classmate—and he’s totally hot now.
Jess Culpepper has had one love in her life: the boy she fell in love with in ninth grade, whom she married a month out of college and divorced just shy of her 30th birthday. Desperate to get out of the small Mississippi town they both share, Jess takes a nursing job in Pensacola, where she literally runs into an old classmate, Ryan Reyes. Once nicknamed The Brain, Dr. Ryan Reyes, M.D., Ph.D., has abandoned his life of Nobel-worthy science and research to run a charter fishing boat. But he could never forget the girl he had a crush on as a high school nerd. After some hesitation based on their history and the fact that neither is looking to start a new relationship, the pair spark up a friendship that quickly leads to more. In this second Morning Glory novel, Talley (Charmingly Yours, 2016, etc.) has created two well-conceived characters, each with his or her own issues. The ongoing emotional conflict that barrages the two lovers is both sweet and frustrating but leads to a satisfactory conclusion.
A sweet, grown-up romance with a delightful mashup of fun and dysfunction.