Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Lily Livingston lost her husband Daniel three years ago and now she lives in New York City raising her six year old daughter Claire and working at a high pressure job. There is little room in Lily’s life for a relationship until she meets Gideon Stone.
Gideon and Lily first laid eyes on each other at his sister Samantha’s art gallery and their first meeting was not pleasant. When Lily saw Gideon in his wheelchair and drop his napkin she thought nothing of picking it up for him, only that simple act caused him to be less than gentlemanly as if that simple act was a way of showing him he couldn’t do it for himself. Gideon has built huge walls around himself and they only come down when he is mentoring a group of young boys at the youth center.
Samantha and Lily live next door to each other and are best friends and at their usual brunch at Samantha’s house Lily gets her second meeting with Gideon who she discovers is Samantha’s brother. This meeting did not go much better than the first because once again Gideon took Lily’s simple acts as a put down to him.
Lily and Gideon begin to see more of each other especially since Claire begins to have strong feelings for him and although Lily never knows what will make him angry they begin to have feelings for each other. Lily feels guilt over having a relationship with a man other than her husband and Gideon has difficulty trusting that any woman would be willing to tie herself down to a man in a wheelchair. His lack of confidence comes from something his ex-girlfriend said to him while he was in the hospital after his car accident, something that I won’t reveal and something that he can’t seem to let go of.
The only time Gideon shows the real him is when he is with Claire or the boys he mentors and although the relationship between him and Lily does heat up there is always this huge elephant in the room with them.
Two people who fall for each other but who can’t let go of the past. Gideon has to believe that Lily is not his ex-girlfriend and that his wheelchair is invisible to her and Lily has to accept that she is a young woman and not betraying the husband she lost and loved.
A beautiful love story that I highly recommend.