A chance occurrence with a particular jingle finds Chatham on a bi-coastal roller coaster that she can’t seem to put the breaks on. Will the man who has always secretly loved her finally have his chance to ride along? Or will the very handsome foreigner on the other side of the country claim her wounded heart? At some point she has to choose which path is for her - or has it been there all along?
Chatham has a lot on her plate ... she's a widow raising three young kids. She and her partner, Tom, run an advertising agency. Between working and dropping the kids off at school and picking them up again and getting coerced into volunteer duties at the school, there's not a lot of time for Chatham.
On a whim, she joins a gym and is attracted to Palio, the cutie at the reception desk. He also feels a spark for her. Palio, unbeknownst to Chatham, is actually the owner of the gym ... and a member of a rich Italian family from New York.
Trip, her husband's best friend, is in love with Chatham and has been waiting years for the right moment to let her know. Needless to say, he's not pleased when it looks like Palio might be moving in on Chatham.
Palio wants to buy a painting for his dad from Georgina, an Italian vixen in New York with ties to the Mob who is trying to entice Palio into marrying her.
For various reasons, everyone ends up in New York ... and so begins a series of misunderstandings and coincidences.
I enjoyed the writing style ... it flowed well. The language at times was mature but I was okay with that. The ending wraps up pretty quickly with a couple of speedy immediate "I love you" pairings which I must say I found a bit too convenient. Considering they were in New York, I found it odd they all kept running into the same cabbie ... but he was key to keeping some of the parts of the story together.
This is the first novel by this author and I'll keep an eye out for others by her.