And A Mistress Makes Three

Francis Ray

Rating 4

Francis Ray has created a loving yet touching story about how far love will go to make people realize their needs for one another.

Gina Rawlings is the wife that most men would die for she never questions her husband about his coming or goings and always believes in him when he does not give reasons for things he does.  She takes care of her home and put everyone before herself.  When he walks away to go on to share his life with a better woman as he comes to bring to her attention she is left to pick up the pieces.  With two children, no support from her husband and a business that has seen better days Gina finds herself trying to hold on to her mental state.

Max Broussard is taking the dream that his wife had, making it a reality, and yet still dealing with the fact that she is gone.  With the opening of Journey’s End the Bed & Breakfast that his wife wanted.  When Gina goes to visit the B&B to see if it were the type of place she would recommend she finds herself looking at it with a potential eye but knowing it needs work but after a misplay of words and her children repeating her words she finds herself embarrassed and angered with them and herself.  Max is very gentle to the eye and Gina realizes that but soon finds herself at odds with her body because she feels that she has gained excessively much weight and does not find herself appealing.  However when Max starts to make moves on her they find their selves in a give in and take relationship because Max isn’t sure how to gentle push his way into her life.

As Gina & Max spend more time together Gina begins to realize she deserve happiness and decides to go for it but not before her ex has a accident which leaves him back in her home.  Her children are hopefully that their parents are going to work it out, Max feels at odds because he knows the children want their family but thinks Gina deserves better and Gina is livid because her ex is using the children against her to get his way.  However, what Robert (Gina’s ex) didn’t expect was for his mistress husband to comfort them leading to the final draw and the breaker that caused his children to see the real him.

Celeste de le Vega is an interior designer that many would call a heart breaker.  She has been engaged three times but none of these  men have made her heart stop and start again and make her want to take the walk of forever but when she meets Alec Dunlap she realizes he may be the one to make the push.  Alec is a police officer that is having difficulty doing the job he loves because he is feeling guilty about shooting a man.  Alec is at his brother’s house building him and his new wife a gazebo while they are on their honeymoon.  Celeste is at his brother’s house redecorating the couple’s bedroom.  This causes Alec and Celeste to cross paths constantly.  Alec is trying to fight the attraction between them but Celeste is trying everything in her power to ignite the fire.  When Celeste is taken hostage, Alec has to deal with his feelings and bring them to the table with Celeste.

And A Mistress Makes Three was not what I expected I totally love how Francis took each of her characters and made them stand out as individuals before bringing them into their unique places within the book.  This book is great as a standalone but I get the feeling I am going back to look at the Invincible Women.  As a Charleston native, I would say that Francis hit this on the dime and made everything visually stimulating.  KUDOS to Ray for doing it again.

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