Sandra Petain is an attractive, 32-year-old widow with two
school-aged children. She has reached a turning point in her
life. Struggling to balance a successful business and family,
she has inadvertently placed romance on the back burner. Her
departed husband, Robert, though a good father, while alive was
a charming but unfaithful cad.
Jack Thibodeaux, the novel's handsome "knight in shining
armor," is Sandra's anchor. This former FBI agent, now rising
attorney, shares a smoldering history with Sandra. In addition,
his armor, although shiny, has several nicks and dents. Despite
being Robert's best friend, he was the catalyst behind the
Petain's marital woes. With the death of Robert, Jack marks his
time. Prudently deciding to give Sandra time to grieve, he
becomes genuinely close to her children and a fixture in their
lives. Just when he feels that the time is right to rekindle
their romance, enters Lee Chienier.
Lee, ever the "man about town," is New Orleans' haut monde
artist in residence. This Tulane University professor's highly
creative works of art are very popular with the town's upper
crust. He has made every party "A-List" with casual ease, as
well as quite a few bedrooms. This dread-locked free spirit
views life as a carefree fling, and urges Sandra to do the same.
With Lee, she can drop her worries and forget- at least
temporarily, past hurts and disappointments.
Will Sandra face her past and surrender to Jack? Or will she
take flight and give in to the charismatic charm of Lee Chienier?