Crooked Cat Publishing
Published on: February 7th 2014
Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire’s Peak District. She hasn’t had a man in her life for a while, as she’s been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species.
At least, that’s what she tells herself. The truth is that since she got her heart broken she’s had problems trusting men.
When she meets Zane, one of the new owners at the Carrdale Extreme Sports Centre, Faith finds herself enjoying his company even though part of her can’t help wondering why he’s so reluctant to talk about himself.
Then the past comes back to haunt her in the shape of Zane’s business partner Matt, who just happens to be the guy who broke Faith’s heart all those years ago.
With Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets Faith’s life is about to get very complicated indeed…
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This couldn’t be happening.
Zane had said his business partner was called Matt. She was sure of it. Yes, he’d definitely just introduced him as Matt. But the man standing before her wasn’t Matt.
It was Aaron.
Faith wiped her hands on a tea–towel. She wanted to speak, but couldn’t get her brain into gear enough to make her mouth form the words.
She’d thought Aaron was gone from her life.
It looked as though she was wrong.
She took a step back, wrapping her arms around herself. Suddenly she felt cold and shaky. Aaron was back? This was impossible.
Yet here he was, standing in her kitchen. She felt dizzy and light-headed.
How should she react? Should she admit they knew each other? Why had Aaron changed his name to Matt anyway? Would he prefer it if the fact they knew each other was kept quiet?
But she knew she couldn’t keep something like that from Zane.
As she debated what to say and do next, the room remained awkwardly silent. Zane was looking at her questioningly.
What should she say?
Come on, think, woman. Think.
Too late. Aaron spoke first.
“Faith, it’s amazing to see you again after all these years.”
OK. So he didn’t want to keep it a secret that they already knew each other.
“Aaron,” she managed to say. “This is a bit of a shock.”
“That’s an understatement,” Matt said, stepping forward to pull her into a hug.
“Hang on a second,” Zane said, pushing into the room. “Aaron? That’s your proper name isn’t it?” He raised enquiring eyebrows at Matt. “What’s going on? You two already know each other?”
About the Author
Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.
Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!
If You Only Knew is Zanna’s third novel; her previous books The Love Programme, and How Do You Spell Love? were both published in 2013.
Find out more about Zanna on her blog www.zannamackenzie.blogspot.co.uk, on Twitter via @ZannaMacKenzie or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zanna.mackenzie
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zanna-Mackenzie/e/B00BKY1A18/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Meet Faith. She runs her own business, a Café called The Coffee Pot at the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire’s Peak District, her hometown. One day, Zane enters her life. He’s the new owner of the Carrdale Adventure Sports Centre, and the love sparkles are in the air. It had been a while since Faith’s latest serious relationship. But, she has no idea that Zane’s business partner Matt is Faith’s ex-boyfriend, and he is the reason that she doesn’t trust men. So, when Matt shows up in the Caffe, things are starting to complicate.
I loved Faith as a MC. Nice girl from the neighbourhood, easy to be friends with. Disapointed in love, she puts everything she has into career, starting her business from a scratch. She’s a hardworking young woman that knows how to stand on her own feet.
The guys in the story are gorgious. Zane is a sports trainer, handsome, good-looking guy, who loves outdoor activities. But as the story goes on, Faith discovers that he is far from Mr. Perfect. That doesn’t mean that he is a bad person, just also had a bad experience when it comes to love, just like Faith.
And there’s the triangle, Matt, or Aaron, is Zane’s business partner and best friend, but also Faith’s ex-boyfriend. He is too a sports trainer, and he looks amazing. He tries to seduce Faith again, even if he knows that she is with Zane now. He seems to be very good in telling a lie here and there.
What I really loved here, ever before stat reading, was the cover. It’s pink and the couple sitting atthe Café looks so romantic. I totally loved it. I also fell in love with the book. It’s a lovely, romantic, little bit predictable but nevertheless enjoyable story. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with all the characters, just like I did. I totally recommend it to all romance fans.
My rating: 4/5