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Monday, November 1, 2010

The Better Man by Ceri Hebert

The Better Man by Ceri Hebert
Publisher: Still Moments Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Lorelei Warren is facing every bride’s nightmare—she’s been left at the altar with a “Dear Jane” letter from the groom and a church full guests. Will Draper, her best friend and the best man, wants to pick up the pieces. He’s been in love with her for years.

Now Lori has to decide where her life will head. Leaving Florida on what should have been her honeymoon in New England, questions torment her thoughts. Can she leave her old life behind and start fresh?

Short, with scenes sizzling with sensuality that singe the sheets, The Better Man reaffirms true love is alive and well. It is patient, kind, and trusting.

Lorelei’s self-esteem takes a direct hit when the groom sends a “Dear Jane” letter to the church after all the guests are seated. The misery, embarrassment, and shame threaten to swamp Lorelei until “good-ole” anger comes to the rescue. She rallies and we readers get to go on a wonderful self-discovery journey with her.

Will, her best friend and left-in-the-lurch best man, never deserts her. His solid, unflagging support gives Lorelei the courage to get through a party that should have been a wedding reception. When she finally crashing, he cannot refuse her pleas for his attention that can help her once again feel like a desirable woman.

Both Lorelei and Will suffer as she “honeymoons” alone. When Will cannot stand to worry about her any longer, he goes to check on her—most satisfying things happen.

The faithless groom Brian proves to be a self-centered, immature cad who cannot understand Lorelei’s attitude when he reappears. His self-absorbed ways makes him press to get his own way regardless of what it does to other people’s lives.

Ceri Hebert creates a jewel of a love story as she nudges Lorelei to be her own person and reach out for what she truly wants.