Saturday, January 27, 2018

Twice in a Lifetime by Jodie Griffin

When widow Talia Wasserman applies for a job with the local police department, she’s shocked to discover she’ll be working for Lieutenant Eve Poe, an officer she’d met—and been attracted to—during a long-ago citizen’s police academy workshop. Fifteen years later, the spark is still there, and no one’s currently in Talia’s life or in her bed. But there’s just one teeny, tiny problem. Eve is her boss, so she’s completely off-limits.

Eve feels a sizzling connection with Talia from the very first, but Talia works for her, and that’s just a bad idea. Besides, Eve needs to focus on the person sending disturbing emails to her office, and not on the woman who quickly makes herself invaluable to the department. It’s too bad her heart doesn’t agree with her.

Then Eve is badly injured in the line of duty, and Talia’s worst fears are realized. She may lose her chance at happiness with the woman she’s come to love, and she can’t survive that kind of loss twice in a lifetime.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a warm and life-affirming story about a second chance romance between two women in midlife. Boss and employee, Christian and Jewish, black and white, there is much that separates Lieutenant Eve Poe and her new hire, Talia Wasserman. But the easy friendship and the frisson of attraction between these two make the mothers of adult children try for a second chance at love.

I wanted to believe in the connection between Talia and Eve more than I actually did. Told from Talia’s perspective, there are possibly too many times where she tells us about her attraction to Eve. Sexual chemistry is something readers should feel without having to be constantly told about it. I’m also not sure these two are always true to character. Both are pillars of their community, but there are moments when they come across as giggly, sex-starved sorority sisters.

This is quite a slow story. The only police action is recounted after it happens. Despite their jobs in a police department, this is mostly a gentle domestic drama. In midlife, both Eve and Talia’s lives are complicated and their relationships with their families are paramount. I enjoyed the warmth and truth in the interactions between the women and their children. I enjoyed watching Talia find herself in her new workplace.

The book may not be as exciting as I expected from the blurb, but I enjoyed the characters and their quiet dramas. I love reading about interesting women in their fifties and I think these two are probably more interesting than the usual twentysomethings in romance novels.

Jodie Griffin didn’t always want to be a writer. She spent hours reading, but school papers were written one painful word at a time. Then a story idea came, demanding to be put on paper. After years of practice, she took the leap, submitted her first manuscript and hasn’t looked back.

Jodie is also an avid photographer, a chocoholic, and a lover of bad puns. When she’s not writing, she’s likely out stalking the moon for that perfect shot.

Jodie’s own happily-ever-after includes one incredibly supportive husband and one future heroine.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Twice in a Lifetime by Jodie Griffin to read and review.

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