Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter
Berkley (May 24, 2022)
A sexy and sparkling later-in-life contemporary romance about a woman who leaps out of her comfort zone and takes a chance on love by New York Times bestselling author Jane Porter.
Paige Newsom is finally at a place in her life where she’s comfortable. She loves her job as a college professor in Southern California, lives close enough to her mother to visit her regularly, and has three daughters who are flourishing in their own careers. Paige has no plans to upend her life again after her divorce eight years ago, but she’s about to embark on a new adventure: co-teaching a course that includes a three-week international field study.
Paige can think of a dozen reasons why she shouldn’t go, one being a dazzling Australian biologist who will be teaching alongside her. Professor Jack King is charismatic, a world traveler, and more like Indiana Jones than Indiana Jones, all of which unsettles Paige, who prides herself on being immune to any man’s charms. She isn’t looking for love, and it turns out, neither is he. But as the two co-professors lead the rigorous program together, first on campus, then in beautiful Tanzania, their biggest challenge will be working closely together while resisting the undeniable chemistry they feel when they’re with each other.
I really enjoyed the characters in this second chance at love story. Their chemistry was instant, but the relationship and romance took time. Paige was hesitant to try love again and had insecurities of herself as a woman. Jack is confident, had a positive outlook and I loved that he added some change to her life and got her out of her comfort zone. Their trip to Tanzania was well written. An enjoyable contemporary romance!
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (June 15, 2022)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I write both romance and women’s fiction, and I write in both genres because the stories matter, because women matter and families matter, and love matters very, very much. I love the very strong heroes because I grew up with some really strong women in my family. Even today, it has continued to surprise me that men sometimes are a bit baffled that I want to be so successful, that I have ambition, that I’m willing to work this hard.