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Craig Robinson and Suzanne Baxter had no reason to meet, no real excuse to be friends. But when heart calls to heart...blood to blood...should two people who seem destined to be together heed the spin of Fate's wheel? Craig spent years floating through life on cruise control, using directionless jobs, his rock band, swimming, and a string of older women in his bed to smother feelings of loneliness and loss. He finally thought he had found his true love in one Sara Thornton -- A sexy, beautiful, fellow real estate agent and mentor. But his self-doubt and innate sense of failure is only reinforced when he realizes her heart belongs to another man. When Sara introduces him to Suzanne, a woman fighting her own demons from an abusive marriage and subsequent feelings of inadequacy and deep unhappiness, that simple, chance moment snaps Craig's hazy existence into crystal-clear focus. A bond of instant physical attraction, nurtured by time and shared experience, and plenty of erotic energy, is born. As Suzanne's past continues to haunt her, making her push Craig away just as he thinks he's getting closer, each of them must come to terms with their true selves and face their ultimate realities.
Conditional Offer is the 5th book in the Stewart Reality series, These books are best read in order, the first three telling the story of Jack and Sara and the rest covering the lives of characters that were secondary to that story. These books will tie together in some places and would not be nearly as enjoyable as stand alone books.
In Conditional Offer we get to learn more about Craig Robinson, Craig I fell in love with from book one. He has a nurturing and caring personality that comes through over and over again. We do find in learning more about Craig's history that he isn't the boy scout that he first seems that he has had a series of "relationships" with older women and while he loves each one when he is with them none of them fills the need in his heart.
We also get to know more about Suzanne Baxter we have learned quite a bit about her from the other books but this one lets us into her heart and into her mind during times that we thought we understood when told from the point of view of the others involved in earlier books. Suzanne in the past books has come across as rather cold and selfish but what we find is she is trying to be unselfish and do what she thinks is best for others. She also still suffers from crushing self doubts brought on by the years she was abused by her former husband.
As we learn more about the pasts and the self esteem issues both of Craig and Suzanne suffer it is no wonder that they keep missing the moment when they are trying to make a go of the relationship they have. A lot of this book covers area we have covered before but it still manages to come across from a new perspective. This book also covers the span of many years from the time that Craig became a Realtor to him being and ER doctor.
The only issue I had with this book is we covered so much time going back over and tying into the previous books that it was almost anticlimactic when Suzanne and Craig finally get to the happily ever after.
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