Dylan has always been drawn to Rachel...from the first moment that he saw her....on the arm of his best friend, Gary. Gary is a hell of a guy...well, was a hell of a guy. He's been gone for 6 months now, dead in a mysterious car accident. And Dylan has spent the last 6 months avoiding Rachel like the plague. Because he's still drawn to her. He still wants her. But what kind of a heel does that make him? Wanting his dead best friend's wife - great guy! And now, here she is, right in front of him, demanding answers about Gary that Dylan doesn't know....and is afraid to find out.
Rachel needs answers. The insurance company won't pay on her life insurance claim for her deceased husband, Gary. Something about his death is fishy -- he wasn't where he was supposed to be, and he had recently increased his life insurance -- all without letting Rachel know. The one person who knew Gary better than anyone is his lifelong friend and business partner, Dylan. Surely he knows what was going on with Gary. If not, they would have to find out together. And she'll just have to put her feelings for him aside --- the ones where her insides turn to jelly with a look from him.
Right from the start I was interested in reading this book. It's such a touchy subject - having feelings for your deceased friend's wife --- or your deceased husband's best friend!! I was curious how Freethy would handle it without making everyone looking skeezy. And what mysteries did the husband's life hold? Perhaps he was the skeezy one, and everyone else was the victim? In my opinion, Freethy did a terrific job of showing all of the pain and awkwardness one could expect in this situation. As with most love stories, things might tie up into too neat of a bow. But, the story was more interesting than most.
My rating: 3/5. Would I read more Barbara Freethy? I think so, but I wouldn't necessarily seek her out.