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A Not-So-Perfect Past (Serenity Springs #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Nina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward. Knows he served time in prison. Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs. But that doesn't stop her from renting him a place to live. And when someone crashes into her bakery, he's just the man to fix the damage.
And Nina isn't the only one who thinks Dillon's the perfect man for the job: her two kids
ebook, Harlequin SuperRomance #1556, 256 pages
Published April 2009 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dillon is the brother of the heroine from Not Without Her Family. He went to prison for protecting his sister by killing his step-father. Prison changed him, hardened him, he doesn't want to be a hero or get involved anymore and after the events of the previous book his living in town has become difficult. He hates women like his mother who can't stand up to bullies even when her kids are the victim and Nina is like that even though she loves her kids.

Honestly I didn't like Nina, I get it she wa
This was well written and kept my interest. I enjoyed reading it but I do have some issues with it. The hero, Dillon, has a history that makes him less than sympathetic about her issues with being a battered wife. Every time she has a moment where she lets old fears and anxieties overcome her, he gets pissed and tells her off or walks out on her. It seemed like he wanted her to be super perfect or something. She does eventually call him on it. But I didn't really like Nina either. Sure she had a ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Hero is an ex-con living upstairs from a single mom who runs/owns the bakery on the first floor. He went to prison for defending his sister - really isn't a bad person. Heroine is divorced from man who abused her (mostly verbal, but slaps as well) but hasn't been able to stand up for herself against anyone, including her protective family. Hero helps her find a backbone, heroine helps him believe in himself - very nice read. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
When I did the research before getting this book and discovered the hero had been in prison for either a) a crime he didn’t commit or b) a crime he committed but in defense of someone who couldn’t defend themselves, I knew this one would be on my Very Short List of books to read. I LOVE this trope and some of my favourite books have this theme.

And Dillon makes for a very scrumptious hero indeed. He’s been out of prison for a while now, living in the apartment over the bakery owned by Nina, our h
4.5 Stars Harlequin Super Romance

I can see why this book received the 2009 RITA award for the Series Contemporary category. As I delved into my first Beth Andrews story, delighted was I to find such a well crafted one, a hero that I needless to say salivated over and a heroine who was real enough with genuine problems and fears that she needed to overcome to find everlasting happiness and love with the man who even though is not perfect, is the one for her.

Stuff I liked:

1- Dillon Ward. I alway
Elle (Ligia)
Yup, I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

It was cute book. It had some twists and turns I didn't see coming, and a sweet little ending to make me sigh and grin. It's worth a try.
A pretty good book for a Harlequin. I usually prefer some mystery or suspense with my romance and this had neither. It was really about Nina recovering from the abusive relationship with her ex and about Dillon allowing himself to be both a friend, brother and lover. I did not love the characters, but I found them very true to life and believable. Although it was a happy ending, the reader could tell it was still going to take work for both these characters to continue their journey but also tha ...more
This is probably a 3.5 star book. It is part of a series that I didn't know when I started reading so I need to go find the previous books. At first I didn't like the heroine but then I realized why she acted the way she did. Gradually she started to develop a backbone but occasionally reverted to her previous beat-down self. The hero also had some issues with his past and how he expected people to treat him. Both had to grow in one way or another. Like most SuperRomances the children are rather ...more
Juliette Swett
The romance of Nina and Dillon:

Good Girl meets Bad Boy. Good Girl learns from Bad Boy. Bad Boy learns from Good Girl. Peripheral Characters benefit from all of this learning. By my brief review, you'd think that I didn't like the book. In actuality, I did enjoy it, but other romance authors, such as Kristan Higgins, have written books with a similar, "Oh-no-what-will-my-family-think" storyline, and done it in a more three-dimensional way. A Not-so-Perfect-Past won the RITA for Best Contemporary
It was wonderful, sweet and emotional read. I haven't read the first book in this series, but it did't take away much from the story & I had no problems understanding it. The main characters were well developed & very human and lovable. As far as the secondary characters go, they were vividly imagined & added just the right amount of drama or tenderness (reg. Nina's kids). The best thing about this book is its characters, their being flawed & their journey towards a better life. ...more
My grade: A-. It's been a couple years since I read this book, so I don't actually remember all the particulars. I read this just prior to its winning the RITA and I liked it a lot. I liked the theme and liked how the heroine was so fair yet was hesitant, wondering if what she was doing was really right. The hero's trust comes slowly. As far as my recollection goes, I don't recall things that just didn't work for me. I thought it was a great superromance.
it's a little series comprending
1 - not without her family
2 - A Not-So-Perfect Past
3 - his Secret Agenda
4 - [Count on a Cop] - Do You Take This Cop

Another good one. I love tortured and brooding hero! And he had a very sad but good story.
I enjoyed the whole series
This was a good read. I enjoyed both characters and think the heroines emotional journey was the best part of the novel.
This was one great story but if there was epilogue it would have been perfect.
May 12, 2009 Mollie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended by SuperLibrarian (Wendy)
I love Beth's books!
This is the 2010 RITA Winner for Best Contemporary Series Romance. An enjoyable book, with the angsty touches that I enjoy.
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Romance Writers of America RITA® Award Winner Beth Andrews spends her time writing contemporary romance for Harlequin Superromance, sending checks to pay for her kids’ college tuition and composing texts that end up on her children’s twitter feeds. She loves coffee, hockey and happy endings.
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