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Keeping Pace

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  111 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
One spark could burn her world down.

Six years after her husband’s death, Regina Pace is still just going through the motions, her only pleasure a nightly glass (or three) of wine to dull the ache. Tonight is no exception - until a sensual outdoor encounter with her neighbor’s son, freshly home from college. He’s older, wiser, more devastatingly handsome than she remembered

ebook, 156 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Samhain Publishing
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Apr 15, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-o
Really a 3.5, rounded up to a 4. It was a lot better than some of the books I've read. It was well written, I feel I knew the characters well. This was a Y/O book (I'm trying to start a new acronym (H younger/h older). 14 years difference. A slight variation was that he was just getting his PhD in Physics so maybe a little more sophisticated fare for a widowed cougar. They had hot chemistry, good conversations, she just had a hard time justifying the age difference AND her biological clock was t ...more
Karla Doyle
Mar 25, 2012 Karla Doyle rated it it was amazing
Once again, Dee Carney's beautiful style shines in this true romance.

I always love Ms. Carney's voice, and older woman/younger man stories in general, but I was a tad hesitant to read this because it was written in the first person (not my favourite...I've passed on many books for that reason alone). Ms. Carney executed the first person narrative perfectly. I was completely immersed in every moment of the story. I smiled, laughed, fanned myself at the hot parts, and almost cried a couple of tim
Heather in FL
This was a nice older woman/younger man story. Regina's husband died six years ago. One night while going through her nightly routine, she catches the neighbor's son masturbating. She's mesmerized, but she doesn't think he can see her. Before she can make a quick getaway, he catches up to her and cheekily suggest same time next night, to which she replies "maybe". The next night, before it can get to be that time, Josh knocks on her door to apologize for his cheeky comment. Josh is 15 years youn ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Mandy rated it liked it
A satisfying, quick read. I enjoyed this older woman/younger man romance. I didn't think it was all that far-fetched. She's only 41 and he 26. 41 doesn't seem that old to me, I guess. The only thing I couldn't really see is someone asking if she was his mom. I know many late-30s, early-40s women who don't look old enough to be the mother of a mid-20s... That seemed odd to me. Yes, Regina stresses about the age difference a lot, but I guess I could understand. She was worried what people would th ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
Regina likes a glass of wine when she gets home after work and sometimes she mourns her dead husband. This night she was sitting outside and remembering things when something caught her eye and she stumbled across her neighbors son who just happened to be home from college. And can we say what a sight that was for her.

Now I don't want to giveaway all the goodies but Dee Carney bring you a erotic story about a older woman who gets involved with a younger man. And boy oh boy it will make you drool
Apr 20, 2011 Trish rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2011
Keeping Pace was a nice easy read, an emotional roller coaster for me and lot's of swooning. Such a sadness Regina has in her lonely life.
She doesn't date much, comes home & does the same thing almost every night. Since the death of her husband, his memory haunted her
constantly and she just seemed to stuck in her life. Enter Josh. The young, hot & sexy next door neighbor, who just happens to be 15 years younger than her. I just loved how they "met"..voyeurism anyone? I felt a little na
Jan 18, 2012 KatiD rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-review-ish
When widow Regina Pace spots her neighbor masturbating on his back deck, she's unable to look away. He's young, gorgeous, and frankly, it's been a long dry spell for Regina since her husband died. When he approaches her after he's finished and asks if he'll see her "same time, same place" tomorrow, she's unnerved and definitely intrigued. The next day, Regina can think of nothing else. When she gets home, she pours herself a glass of wine, intending to step outside and see what happens. Instead, ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 05, 2011 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
Full review reposted from my Smitten with Reading blog...

My Review:
Okay, yes, this is an erotic love story featuring a cougar-style relationship (26 vs. 41), but OMG, it was a really gorgeous story. Regina is a 41 yo widow. Josh is a 26 yo grad student (on the verge of his PhD in physics) house-sitting for his parents for the summer in the house next door to Regina's. His initial contact with her was: him- by the pool masturbating in his backyard; her- standing on her deck watching, but...wait f
Nikki Brandyberry
Aug 02, 2011 Nikki Brandyberry rated it liked it
Keeping Pace takes the age old cougar scenario and gives it a bit of new life from the inside looking out. As readers we get to see everything in a different, if not entirely new, light. Being only 29 myself its hard for me to envision a cougar in me. I mean, that would be a 18-year-old and let’s be honest for the most part I find that weird. I was 18 once. I have no desire to go back or try to relive my glory days through a guy. I also don’t think at 18 a guy would even be mature enough to turn ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Keeping Pace<.i> is a sublime tale of love between a young man of twenty-six, who invites the attentions of his dream woman next door, a lonely widow of forty-one by giving her a show to remember.

Gorgeous, descriptive, beautifully written, yet so achingly tender and poignant with a divine first encounter over a back fence that left me breathless. Wonderful characters portrayed in such vivid detail, that I couldn’t have put this
3.5 stars

B- Sexy older woman/younger man story. I would have liked to have seen more of them dealing with the conflict that the age difference meant - and it was significant. She's 41, he's 26. The epilogue glosses over a lot of the problems which was a bit unfortunate. I would rather the book had been a bit longer and those things been more fully fleshed out. Josh had been quite conflicted with what he was going to do with his doctorate, so I would have liked to have known what job he ended up
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I thought this was a great storyline. Older women and mature younger man, serious hearttbreak, sexiness...all put together pretty well. I did have a big problem with the whole boss thing.

She is very adamant through the story that she has no feelings for her boss because the one time they tried it, the chemistry was just awful. And yet, she won't tell Josh that, and just lets him believe that they were once lovers and only broke up because her boss got promoted. Then the boss starts coming onto h
Mar 11, 2014 Regina added it
The protagonist's name was my maiden name, so that was weird. Thankfully the guy's name ended up being Josh, not Jeff, like she thought it might be at first, since Jeff Smith is a name of a college friend of mine and that would have been super-doubly weird. Read it in one sitting, so obviously it wasn't too weird for me.
Sofia Grey
Feb 14, 2012 Sofia Grey rated it really liked it
This could have been written as a hackneyed and lame boy-next-door fantasy piece, but Dee Carney lifted the genre and created a stunner. Josh Smith is the perfect toy boy. Drop dead gorgeous, sexy as, intelligent - and with the hots for Regina. There was plenty of sex, but tastefully handled and with an excellent - and believeable plot, a few twists thrown in along the way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, my only disappointment was that it was such a quick read. Great writing - I'll look out eagerly
Katherine O'Grady
Sep 23, 2013 Katherine O'Grady rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
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Rubi Jayne
Feb 06, 2012 Rubi Jayne rated it it was amazing
I don't have the kindle version but there's not another listed so... yeah.

I don't normally enjoy books written in the first person, but Dee really knocked it out of the park with this one.

A short read, this older woman/younger man romance is beautifully written with a wonderful attention to detail, a deep well of emotion, and enough eroticism to make you sit back and say "whoa...". Even the ending was spectacular with its traces of realism woven through it.

Kerrianne Coombes
Apr 18, 2012 Kerrianne Coombes rated it it was amazing
I read this book sometime ago, but it was so good it is still fresh in my mind. i loved this love story so much. Dee wrote a story of love that felt so real, i was disapointed when it ended. I am a fan of Dee Carney, but this book, for me, was the best i have read of her work.
Elisabeth Cole
Dec 30, 2015 Elisabeth Cole rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The characters were really well developed and the story was entertaining and moved along at a good pace. I absolutely loved Josh and wish part of the book had been told from his perspective! I especially loved the ending!!
Robin *loves sexy books*
This was a very strong 3.5. Good read, a little short. I would've liked to have seen more after they confessed their love but the epilogue was good.
Jun 30, 2011 Sami rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this first person account of an older woman falling for a younger man. Sweet and sexy.
Berenice Rodrigues
Dec 16, 2013 Berenice Rodrigues rated it liked it
It's okay for a short story book.
I like Josh's character, but not Gina's.
Jul 15, 2011 Leontine rated it it was ok
*Help* I got disconnected after the first chapter!
May 08, 2013 Sonja rated it liked it
Heated story with a great younger-guy-older-woman dynamic.
Sophia (FV)
Review to come.
May 17, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
Sweet story
Kristy rated it really liked it
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Dee is a best-selling, award winning author of erotic romances in the urban fantasy, paranormal and contemporary genres. She also writes erotica under the pen name, Morgan Sierra.

Dee began writing short stories in middle school, but did not attempt completion of a novel until almost ten years later—which despite good intentions was never finished. Almost ten additional years later, she challenged
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