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Flirting with Fifty

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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. As the two co-professors lead the rigorous program together, first on campus, then in beautiful Tanzania, Paige's biggest challenge will be working closely with Jack while resisting the undeniable chemistry she feels when she's with him.

336 pages, Paperback

Published May 24, 2022

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Jane Porter

549 books1,696 followers
Born in Visalia, California, I'm a small town girl at heart. I love central California's golden foothills, oak trees, and the miles of farmland. In my mind, there's nothing sweeter in the world than the heady fragrance of orange blossoms on a sultry summer night.

As a little girl I spent hours on my bed, staring out the window, dreaming of far off places, fearless knights, and happy-ever-after endings. In my imagination I was never the geeky bookworm with the thick coke-bottle glasses, but a princess, a magical fairy, a Joan-of-Arc crusader.

My parents fed my imagination by taking our family to Europe for a year when I was thirteen. The year away changed me (I wasn't a geek for once!) and overseas I discovered a huge and wonderful world with different cultures and customs. I loved everything about Europe, but felt especially passionate about Italy and those gorgeous Italian men (no wonder my first very Presents hero was Italian).

I confess, after that incredible year in Europe, the travel bug bit, and bit hard. I spent much of my high school and college years abroad, studying in South Africa, Japan and Ireland. South Africa remains a country of my heart, the people, the land and politics complex and heart-wrenching.

After my years of traveling and studying I had to settle down and earn a living. With my Bachelors degree from UCLA in American Studies, a program that combines American literature and American history, I've worked in sales and marketing, as well as a director of a non-profit foundation. Later I earned my Masters in Writing from the University of San Francisco and taught jr. high and high school English.

I now live in Seattle and Hawaii with my three sons. I never mind a rainy day, either, because that's when I sit at my desk and write stories about far-away places, fascinating people, and most importantly of all, love. I like a story with a happy ending. We all do.

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Profile Image for Madison Warner Fairbanks.
2,174 reviews285 followers
July 3, 2022
Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter
Modern Love series book 1. Contemporary romance. Second chance troupe. Older couple.
Paige is happy as a single, divorced college professor. Her children are grown and living their own lives. For the most part. When she’s told she will be co-teaching with an old flame, she’s sure it won’t impact her life at all. Until she sees him in person and he’s just as devastatingly handsome at 55 and even more appealing.

I loved this older couple finding love. She still had some issues and insecurities to overcome. He falls for her all over again. It’s a rough ride as life and history gets in the way. But I was swooning myself by the end. ♥️
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3,094 reviews1,510 followers
May 28, 2022
Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter is a contemporary romance novel. As the title suggests Flirting with Fifty features main characters that are later on in their lives but still haven’t found that someone to make their lives complete.

Paige Newsom has settled into a comfortable life after her divorce teaching as a college professor in Southern California. Paige lives near to her elderly mother and has her three beautiful daughters off beginning their lives which is all she has wished for in her life.

However, when Paige gets notice that she’s needed to step in to a duel teaching role with a visiting professor Paige gets the nudge she needs to step out of her comfort zone. Jack King is someone Paige once knew and never thought she would see again but now that they are working together Paige begins to see that her world wasn’t as full as she believed.

Being an avid reader and loving to read books about people from all walks of life I was excited to pick up Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter. I really enjoyed the characters in this mid-life story and thought the author did a wonderful job showcasing the more mature relationship. Flirting with Fifty also included a love of mine in the characters taking a more exotic trip so a double yay for some exciting virtual travel! Tie it all up in a lovely bow and this was certainly an engaging read for anyone who loves a nice contemporary romance a little outside the norm.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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1,591 reviews484 followers
April 19, 2022
Flirting with Fifty is a fun midlife romance between a divorced college prof and a sexy Australian biologist, with a dazzling Tanzanian setting and loads of charm. Perfect for les femmes d'un certain âge who adore well-written romances with characters they can relate to and Indiana-Jones-like male leads. Swoon ...

Thanks to the author, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.

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1,125 reviews304 followers
August 27, 2022
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FLIRTING AT FIFTY (Modern Love Book #1) by Jane Porter is a women’s fiction/contemporary mature romance mash-up featuring two college professors who are reunited thirty years after a one-night stand in Paris.

Paige Newsom is close to her fiftieth birthday and finally satisfied with her life. A respected mathematics professor in Southern California with three adult daughters which she still has good relationships with even though they are all on their own around the country. She divorced her alcoholic husband eight years previously and has no wish to date ever again.

The head of her department calls her in to his office to tell he she will be dual teaching a class in the fall with a visiting professor due to another teacher’s medical leave. What Paige is not expecting is that her fellow professor is the famous epidemiologist and biologist Jack King. The same Jack King she had a one-night stand in Paris when she was twenty. Memorable for all the wrong reasons. Paige finds the mature Jack just as intriguing and alluring as ever, but she is happy with her life and does not want to open her heart to a man again. Jack wants more of Paige than she may be willing to give.

I am always excited when I can find a story with a mature romance. I found Jack to be wonderful and his reasons for not being married believable due to his professional life. I had a little more difficulty understanding Paige. Her life and tribulations as a mother of grown daughters and her longtime friendship with Elizabeth all rang true for me and I understood why she would be happy single after her terrible marriage, but I found her insecurities overblown especially with her career accomplishments. Her reasons for putting Jack off were the same for much of the story and then very quickly at the ending everything was fine. Other than that, I enjoyed all the secondary characters and the descriptions of the trip to Tanzania. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and discovering who will be featured in the next book.

This is an entertaining women’s fiction/contemporary mature romance read.
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510 reviews118 followers
May 18, 2022
Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭑
Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter is a delightful later-in-life contemporary romance, that touched my heart.

Paige Newsom is in a good spot in her life. Divorced for years, she’s living her life on her terms. Her three daughters are spread out across the country and living their own lives now, and her job as a professor at Orange University in Southern California is what she’s always wanted to do and she has friends and enjoys the students. But, when she’s asked to take on a new course just before the semester starts, she’s not happy but agrees to the take on co-teaching the course. But, could the visiting professor be the same Jack King she had a one-night stand with back when she was a grad student in Paris?

I loved that these characters are older. Paige is just about to turn 50 and Jack is 55, and it shows that love can happen at any time in your life. They have instant chemistry, but, both have good reasons for avoiding a relationship. Although the chemistry is instant, it still takes some time for them to trust each other enough to start a relationship.

I loved the setting of this story. It’s set in South Orange County, California and that’s where my family lives, so I enjoyed all the references to places I know and enjoy. The author knows this area well, and her reference to the real places is spot on. Orange University is not a real place, but almost everything else is. When Paige complained about going to LAX to pick up her daughter, I felt her pain.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Profile Image for Barbara Ankrum.
Author 29 books120 followers
May 2, 2022
Jane Porter's newest book, FLIRTING WITH FIFTY, takes a turn from all the twenty somethings romance usually casts as heroes and heroines and I loved it. At forty-something, Paige is a woman with a lot of life behind her, a complicated and complex woman who gets a second chance at love with the very sexy Jack. It's about grown up love, mussed up with obligation, family and old regrets. Loved the Africa part and the way that world opened Paige up to a new way of thinking. I loved this book. I'm so ready for more books that focus on older heroines. More, please!
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905 reviews34 followers
May 30, 2022
Listen, I never highlight books on my kindle. Or bookmark pages. I’ve literally never done it. On this book? Like five times. I love this book, and I love Paige with her anxiety and bruised heart, and I love Jack, fearless and determined. I love that they are both professors (I am too) and that he’s an epidemiologist (I am too!) and I loved the thought and depth that went into this story. I can’t wait for the next in the series!!
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925 reviews97 followers
June 3, 2022
This book was so incredible. It was character driven and I loved both Paige and Jack.. The author doesn't incredible job of making the reader fall in love with her characters.. Both had their lives together and weren't looking for anything but ended up finding something worth keeping.
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1,836 reviews305 followers
May 23, 2022

Flirting with Fifty delivers something I think is seriously lacking in romance: an older woman finding love. As the title implies, Paige is about to turn 50. She is divorced with 3 grown kids. She loves her job as a professor. Honestly, she is living her best life! So often in romances it is about 20 or 30 something character meeting, falling in love, having kids, etc. It is refreshing to get a heroine who is past that stage. She isn't looking to fall in love and start a family. Love in your late 40's and on is about something different than love in your 20's!

Jack is a great hero! There is a bit of a second chance twist here that I appreciated as well. I also found his job fascinating-he is kind of like an Indiana Jones type guy who travels all over the world. Now he is co-teaching a class on Biology with Paige (office romance, anyone?) and they end up going to Tanzania!

Flirting with fifty is a slow burn; this feels appropriate for the story. However, I am really impatient with slow burns. This is also just straight romance-there is no conflict or suspense and I think I really need that in my stories as well. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this and think it will appeal to readers looking for mature characters.


  POV: 3rd
  Tears: no
  Trope: workplace romance, second chance
  Triggers: none
  Series/Standalone: stand alone

authors like Jasmine Gillory, Beth O'Leary, Rebecca Serle...then you will probably like Flirting with Fifty!

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Profile Image for Lisa Malmquist.
605 reviews17 followers
July 15, 2022
Paige Newsome is a math professor at a college in Southern California. She is divorced eight years ago from a terrible marriage and her daughters are working on their own careers.
She has no intention of finding a new man and getting married again.
However, a man from her distant past shows up in the form of Jack King. Jack is a well known professor and is sought after world wide for talks on saving the natural environment and eco-tourism, he even has his own TV show about that.
Paige thinks of him as a modern day Indiana Jones.
Jack and Paige end up teaching a course together using data from her math specialty using statistics together with his specialty of science and the environment.
Neither one of them is looking for a romantic relationship but they have a lot of chemistry between them. Lots of travel later to Yosemite and Tanzania, Paige realizes that getting out of her homebody rut might be just the thing and if a certain handsome scientist is there as well that could make things much more interesting!
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917 reviews22 followers
May 27, 2022
I was hooked on this book from the start.

Paige Newsome was happy with her life. She is a college professor, her girls were off living their own lives and she had good friends to spend time with. Paige didn’t need or want a man in her life. But when she learned she would soon be co-teaching a class with Jack King, a man she had a one-night fling with thirty years ago, while studying abroad, she began to get nervous. She just hoped he wouldn’t remember her.

When Jack meets the professor he will be teaching with, he can’t believe it is Paige and doesn’t understand why she acts like she doesn’t know him. Jack decides to play along with Paige. But when he finally has enough, he had to speak up. After all the years that passed, Jack never forgot Paige. He didn’t understand why she left Paris the next day without saying goodbye. Now that Jack has found Paige again, he doesn’t plan to let her get away.

I loved everything about this story. I couldn’t wait to see how Paige and Jack would find their way back together. The characters’ backgrounds were well thought out. Paige had the challenges and insecurities many of us face as we get older. I liked seeing how she was able to move past them. I really enjoyed the parts where Paige and Jack travel to Africa. The scenes were written so well, that I could easily visualize them in my mind. I would definitely recommend this book to any of my friends and family. This book will appeal to fans of both, women’s fiction and romance.
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326 reviews3 followers
May 27, 2022
Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r...

When this book came past my email asking for a review, I jumped at the chance to read it. I will admit that I didn’t read the first book she wrote, Flirting with Forty. However, after reading the description of the book, it has nothing to do with this one, just a carry-on of a tile. I hoped that it was good as much to my dismay I am rapidly approaching 50.

Paige lives a cookie-cutter life. She likes the routine and organization of her life. She also no longer dates after the horrific marriage and divorce she suffered. Enters Jack. Someone she hadn’t thought of him in 30 years, not since they had a night in Paris. Now they are back together to co-teach a university class joining biology and math together. I loved this book. I could relate to Paige on so many levels. I mean I don’t have a terrible marriage or suffered through a divorce. However, I lack self-esteem and struggle with letting go. I don’t exactly like spontaneity. I like things to be organized or at least as much as I can organize. I love the relationship between Jack and Paige. They truly are each other’s soul mates if there is such a thing.

I was really not a fan of the daughters. They seem to be using their mother. They say that they want to be there for her but they never have the time for her. She would drop what she was doing in a heartbeat to go to them. They didn’t want her to date at all. I just felt like they were being selfish. I love the way the world opened up to up to her. She threw caution to the wind and took the trip of a lifetime that was the most important trip of her life. This book was an excellent read, I fell in love with the characters. It makes me want to read the first book to see if it is just as good as this one was. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more books by the author.
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1,020 reviews77 followers
June 13, 2022
Flirting with Fifty is a contemporary second chance story later-in-life characters. Paige Newsome is turning 50 and happy with her life. She is a divorced mother of three grown girls and a college
mathematics professor. When she is suddenly asked to team teach a class with a visiting professor, Dr. Jack King, it turns out that he is the man with whom she shared a night of passion thirty years ago. Jack is an Australian biologist, widowed, with one grown son. Paige and Jack discover that old passions can reignite quickly.

I am very happy to see the new trend toward romances with mature characters, often called “seasoned” romances. It stands to reason that these are most often second chance romances. Older characters bring a unique set of issues and situations to the story: children, loss of previous spouse to divorce or death, elderly parents needing care, insecurity about appearance due to aging, and more. This book deals with all those issues. It is natural that a person with a lot of life experiences might be more cautious than a younger person. That is certainly true with Paige. Most of the conflict in the story was due to Paige’s reluctance to consider a new relationship. Jack was an all-around wonderful guy, maybe a bit too perfect. Flirting with Fifty is an insightful look at the challenges of later-life romance and an enjoyable read.
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1,610 reviews16 followers
May 26, 2022
Who would expect a one night fling from thirty years ago, reenter her life as a co teacher. Paige is content with her life after a divorce and raising her three daughters. She is a college professor, when she is asked to co teach a coarse with Jack. Jack is the next, Indiana Jones. Jack is an Australian biologist always looking for the next exciting adventure. They are pure opposites in life but the one thing they share , neither are looking for that forever but can they deny the chemistry that they share.

Loved this book from the very first page. Stayed up way late to keep turning the pages. Loved the adventure to Tanzania that they shared. So enjoyed the relationship that both Paige and Jack shared with their grown children You are never to old for romance! I highly recommend this book.
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521 reviews6 followers
April 20, 2022
This is a second-chance love story. Paige and Jack had a brief encounter thirty years ago. Now they have been thrown together to teach a a course at Paige's University. She believes that he doesn't recognize her so she pretends not to recognize him. As a reader we know that this is going to implode somewhere along the line. I enjoyed this book. I liked seeing Paige come away from her control issues and risk a relationship. I liked that Jack was a man who was willing to let Paige come around to the relationship without forcing any issues. I did think the story slowed a bit in the middle but it certainly picked up toward the end.

I received this book free for review from the publisher.
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Author 5 books25 followers
May 5, 2022
Add this to your Beach Read TBR! Hot Aussie professor, check. Slow-burn romance, check. Set in Southern California with travels to Montana and Africa, check. This second chance romance throws professors Paige and Jack together, unexpectedly, thirty years after a brief romantic encounter. A seasoned romance with all the feels. This first book in the series delivers. Can't wait for book two.
806 reviews
May 15, 2022
I loved this contemporary romance with its mature love story every time I had to put it down I just wanted to get right back into it. The friendships,the family relationships , and the love story had me by the heartstrings. I was keep guessing if Paige and Jack would end up together forever. I cannot wait for this Author’s next book, I want it in my hands NOW!!!
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1,906 reviews
May 16, 2022
Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter.
A midlife second chance at possible romance storyline.
This story grabbed me from first page and I didn't want it to end.
I've always enjoyed past books I read by Jane Porter and Flirting with Fifty
didn't disappoint me. Would totally recommend this book. A top rating from me for sure.
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1,237 reviews139 followers
June 10, 2022
I really enjoyed this one! Like way more than I thought I would which is always a pleasant surprise. It was just nice to read a book about someone falling in love who wasn’t a 25 year old with no baggage. JP nailed all the feelings and concerns of a grown woman entering a new phase in her life and a new relationship. I’m so eager to read the next book!
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348 reviews2 followers
May 25, 2022
It was a marvelous, thrilling and captivating new story to read from Jane Porter.
It charmed and delighted me with it's touching, heartening and appealing characters.
Loved that they were attractive and handsome scientists that made professors look extraordinary.
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1,314 reviews653 followers
May 20, 2022

Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter
3.5 Stars

ARC provided by Berkley via Net Galley. Releases 5/24/22. 
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“She didn’t need a man telling her what to do, or where to be, or what time to be home. She didn’t want to ask for permission to meet friends, see a movie, or take a barre class. She was turning fifty at the end of September, and she was done asking. Done getting permission for anything. Done compromising. And relationships were just one compromise after another. “I don’t hate men. I just don’t need to spend a lot of one-on-one time with any of them.”

Paige is content with her life. She loves her job as a math professor and her three grown daughters have their own satisfying lives. She has been out of her terrible marriage for eight years and has no desire to get back into the relationship game. (Being divorced in my fifties, I can so relate!)

When Paige gets recruited to co-teach a class with a visiting professor, she is not happy about the added work. Then she realizes that the professor is the same sexy Aussie she hooked up with thirty years ago, and not knowing what to do, she pretends to not know him. Of course he remembers her….

Jack is an Indiana Jones type of guy who travels the world doing field study. He is a widower with a grown son. The biology course they are co-teaching also includes a 3-week field study, so I enjoyed the different settings the book takes us to. But it was a little slow for me.

It was a slow-burn romance, which works for the age of the characters, as well as the workplace situation, but it just made the book itself a little slow as well. There wasn’t really any important conflict or anything overly exciting that made me want to rush to read and find out what happens.


•Older, smart characters.
•Parents of grown kids.
•I liked getting to go to Tanzania.
•It was different than most books I read.
•I loved Jack.
•There was none of the stereotypical middle aged characterizations.
•They mentioned the Pandemic instead of pretending it didn't happen.


•It moved a little slow for me.
•Needed some more of a conflict.
•Not a fan of the cover.
•She had a kind of strange relationship with her grown daughters.
•I felt very ambivalent towards Paige. I didn’t love her or hate her.

The Down & Dirty:
I love reading about mature couples! Flirting with Fifty had so much potential but there was just something missing. It was a relaxing, easy read, but it was a little slow and needed some more conflict. I had mixed feelings about Paige. For me, I almost always need to LOVE the heroine to love the book, and we were in her head too much. Still, I enjoyed the read, I loved the hero, and really enjoyed the different settings and realistic older characters. I recommend it for someone who is specifically looking for older romance.

Rating: 3.5 Stars, 2.5 Heat

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2,847 reviews192 followers
May 29, 2022
Originally published at Reading Reality

“We are too soon old, and too late smart” – at least according to an old Dutch proverb. Flirting with Fifty is the story of a woman who seems to be caught at the balance point between those two states.

Paige Newsom is just about to turn 50. The big 5-0. But it doesn’t seem all that big a deal to Paige, who finally has her life arranged the way she thinks she wants it. She has a marvelous job, in a place that’s close enough to home to feel “just right”. Also close enough to visit her mother back home on a regular but not too frequent basis.

Her career may have not hit stellar heights, but she’s done well enough for herself and she’s stable enough to be able to afford a home in coastal Southern California, have enough to help out her grown daughters when they need it, and save for her retirement.

Now that’s a bit closer than she likes to think about. Not that she won’t have enough saved. And not that being retired and alone isn’t amazingly better than being retired with her narcissistic, alcoholic, emotionally abusive, bullying ex-husband. It wasn’t all bad, after all, she got her girls out of it and they are her heart, but she stayed more than long enough to make her swear off all men.

So she’s not interested in meeting someone new. At all. Ever. Which means that shaking Paige out of her comfortable but slightly lonely romantic rut is going to require the re-introduction of someone from her past.

Jack King wasn’t the one that got away because Paige never let it get that far. Their one-night stand almost 30 years ago rocked her world. But she saw at the time that she could fall and fall hard for him, someone who clearly wasn’t ready to settle down or settle with someone. Or so she thought at the time.

Of course, at the time, she was only 20 and Jack was 25, pretty much a long time ago in the equivalent of a galaxy far, far away. Actually it was Paris, France, which was pretty damn far away from Paige’s home in SoCal.

Jack’s become a superstar in his field of studying climate change and human effects on the planet. He has his own show on the Discovery Channel and teaches around the world. He’s rather like a 21st century Indiana Jones – without the whip and the aversion to snakes.

And Jack is coming to her university in Southern California to team teach his specialty class and needs a co-teacher for the class who teaches advanced math and statistics. Her Dean has just voluntold her that she’ll be Jack’s co-teacher for the semester.

She’s mortified. Jack is intrigued. Because for him, Paige IS the one that got away. And this time he’s not planning to let her run off in the middle of the night before he has the chance to tell her how he really felt all those years ago.

And how he feels now.

Escape Rating A: I picked this up because of how rare it is to see a romance that centers people past their 30s. The only other one I can think of is Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Holiday. (Which was terrific and well worth a read!) Not that there isn’t plenty of women’s fiction where the story centers around a woman and her daughters where a romance occurs for the mother – not that I don’t love LOTS of those books – but those don’t center the romance the way that Flirting with Fifty does.

What made this work so well is that Paige is more-or-less content in the life she has created for herself. She has what she needs and most of what she wants and she’s not looking for more. It’s a good life. It also works well that we see enough of her thoughts and memories about her ex-husband to understand why she’s in the emotional place she’s in without dwelling on his abuse. She’s still affected by the past – as we all are – but her regrets don’t consume her.

She’s also mature enough to acknowledge that her actions with Jack in Paris happened the way they did because she wasn’t mature at all. She was young and insecure – not too surprising at 20 – and couldn’t cope with her own feelings. She was embarrassed and overwhelmed and she ran instead of dealing with him in what might have been a very awkward morning after.

The romance is lovely because they don’t pick up where they left off. There’s a lot of water under that bridge, and the only way to see if they have something now is to let it happen slowly if it’s going to happen at all. They move from colleagues to friends to more than friends to lovers in a hesitant but natural progression.

It makes sense that way. They’re not who they were 30 years ago. Who is? But they’re also not NOT who they were. Their younger selves are still inside them, and those selves have, if not exactly regrets, at least a certain wistfulness about that road not taken. So this time they decide to take a few steps down that road and see how it feels.

The other thing that made this story work is the way that the author captures the combination of the giddiness of falling in love again with the issues of already having lives and plans that will need to be adjusted and cooperated over to make anything work. And that both of them have pasts that are guaranteed to bite the relationship in the ass at times. As Jack’s certainly does.

He does an excellent patient grovel when required. It’s not glossed over and it’s not leapt past. Which meant that their HEA felt earned and included the acknowledgement that the “ever after” past of that equation was never going to be as many years as it might have been – but that those years will be filled with love.

As they should be.

I am utterly thrilled to learn that this is the first book in a series of romances centered on later-in-life couples. The next book, Flirting with the Beast, is coming in November. YAY!

Reviewer’s Note: As much as I loved Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, the picture of Jack King in my head is Sam Neill – probably because of the accent. Your imaginary casting mileage may definitely vary.
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August 20, 2022
This book hit completely with me on all the aspects about how I live my life being in my 50s as a single woman and not wanting to find love and being comfortable with where I am. The end had me holding the book to my chest and saying YES to how it ended though. Finding true love...? It's a must read.
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751 reviews65 followers
March 2, 2023
It is hard to find fun and enjoyable romance with older main characters. Jane Porter has delivered with this enticing cover and intriging title, Flirting with Fifty. I love Jack and Paige's journey back to each other and to love later on in life. I enjoyed this book a lot but I didnt give it five star only because I grew a bit annoyed with Paige in the middle of the book as she battles a hundred reasons why she cant be with this man who is hot, successful and wanting her. I still love the book and recommend it.
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May 24, 2022
Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter
This story starts when Paige is just gearing up for the fall session of the college math classes she teaches.
A proposal of a new venture comes forth where she will be working with Jack King-she knew a man by that name back when she went to France in her older teen years.
She wanted others to pitch in as she has enough work on her plate but she's the one that will be collaborating with Jack. It turns out she met him again at the Dean's party for Jack.
It is the same Jack and she can't get over she'll be working with him. They coordinate their schedules and classes and the class runs smoothly with them.
Story also follows Jacks son and Paige's girls and their life events. As an older person Paige has no ties keeping her in one place so when asked she accepts to go with Jack to a seminar he's giving.
She is jealous of the ex-girlfriend at the seminar who's all lover Jack.
She's in her own cabin and I love the scene where she spends the night with him, but no sex. This is precious to me, not having to be assumed sex is that important. It will come naturally.
He can't understand why she won't or can't acknowledge their prior night together in France....
Nature scenes are so real. She gets time to herself and then time with Jack for meals and to hear him at the seminar.
Their next assignment together is to travel to a community in South Africa with the students where they will teach and help others. They are so eager to learn math and she's the perfect teacher.
He can help the location also with his knowledge of endemic atmosphere. One of Paige's daughters moves back to CA and moves in with her and she is introduced to Jack's son who can advance her career and they stay in touch as she pursues her career goals.
Love how the kids don't really interfere with their parents and they know they are around and ready to help if needed.
Love travel, relationships, slow pace of lovemaking, scenery and good work they do for others.
Received this review copy from the Berkley Publishing via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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1,758 reviews
May 26, 2022
Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter is a delightful, slow burn, second chance romance with grown up love, combined up with obligations, family, and old regrets. Paige Newsome and Jack King had a brief encounter thirty years ago in Paris. Now they have been thrown together to teach a course at Paige's University. She believes that he doesn't recognize her so she pretends not to recognize him. Paige is just about to turn 50 and Jack is 55, and it shows that love can happen at any time in your life. They have instant chemistry, but, both have good reasons for avoiding a relationship. Although their attraction is instant, the chemistry is off the charts, it still takes some time before they are open to trust each other; enough to start a relationship. Paige and Jack had a lot of soul searching to do before they could make a relationship work after having very different experiences with love in the past. Paige had to deal with challenges and insecurities many people face as they get older, as well as a fear of partaking in another relationship, after the disaster of her marriage. I liked that Jack was willing to let Paige come around to the relationship without forcing any issues or pushing her to choose him. The tidbit about something that happened in their twenties made this a second chance romance. Their travel to Africa added another layer to this story and a depth to Paige and Jack’s relationship.

Ms. Porter, an amazing story teller, wrote an amazing, emotional, inspirational, and heart-warming story, written with sensitivity and believability that definitely should not to be missed. This story is filled with strong attraction, clever dialogue, and strong, big-hearted characters, enabling Paige and Jack to overcome difficulties and be given a second chance for a future together. I highly recommend Flirting with Fifty to other readers.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book prior to purchasing it.
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May 26, 2022
College professor, Paige Newsom, is content with how her life is. She has a job that fulfills her and has three daughters who are independent and doing great in their respective careers. Eight years post divorce, she doesn’t need a man to complicate her life. But when she learns that she will be co-teaching a class with Professor Jack King, a man she briefly had an encounter with many moons ago, her heart and head go into a little tailspin. Deciding the best thing to do is to pretend she has no idea who he is, perplexed Jack decides to play along … for now. But thoughts of her leaving Paris all those years ago without even a goodbye has him changing his actions. Now that they have reunited, he is not going to lose her. His feelings had never left and he’s determined that, if he has his way, neither will she again.

What I love most about this book is that I can relate to the characters. It’s nice to read a story where the heroine and hero are my age and have similar thoughts, concerns and life experiences as me. Having been thrown back into the dating scene in my 40s after being married for 20 years, I could absolutely relate to the fears of getting close to someone again. Especially someone you had previous history with.

I can’t say enough good things about this story. The author did an amazing job showing that mature characters can fall in love at any age. And that it doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or 50, love is love and the feelings and passion are just as strong no matter the age. I am excited that this is the first book in the series and I’ll have more opportunities to enjoy stories that I can relate to.
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462 reviews6 followers
May 25, 2022
This book is the first book in a 3 book series. It is the story of Paige Newsom and Jack King.
Paige is a college professor in Southern California. Jack is an Australian biologist.

Paige is finally at a place where she feels comfortable in her life. She has a job she loves, lives close to her own mother, and has three grown daughters who are doing well in their lives and careers. Paige has no plans to upend her life again; finally gaining control of it after her divorce 8 years before. She is about to embark on a new journey with her career, though. She will be co-teaching a course that also has a three-week international field study.

Paige can think of many reasons why she shouldn't go. The dazzling Professor Jack King is one of them. She has to teach alongside the charismatic world traveler and he appears more as Indiana Jones than the character Indiana Jones. Jack unsettles Paige and she prides herself on being immune to any man's charms.

The two co-professors lead the program together, first on campus and then in beautiful Tanzania. Paige's biggest challenge will be resisting the chemistry she feels while working closely with Jack.

I really enjoyed this contemporary romance story featuring an older couple. It was nice to read a story that had a woman who had already went through the early stages of life, and is in a place more closer to my age. It was nice to feel the giddiness of falling in love again through Paige & Jack. Can't wait for the next book!
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July 8, 2022
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Flirting with Fifty is heartwarming and clean contemporary romance that revolves around Paige Newsome who finds second chance at love at age 50. The story is about second chance, learning to get out of comfort zone, put yourself first, trust, friendship, and love.

This is character driven story, written in third person alternative from Paige and Jack’s perspective that highlighted their personal life and feelings. The story mostly take place in Orange County, California with academic setting but we also see Yellowstone Park and Tanzania that add interesting elements to story.

Romance is slow burn with second chance trope. I liked instant chemistry and connection between them, how they both recognized their feelings and pull toward each other even after 30 years. It made me want to believe in ‘love never dies’ thing.

There isn’t much conflict or drama and no hot scenes so if you prefer romance, clean and dramafree you’re going to love this. What makes this different is main characters’ age.

Why 3.5 starts-

This started really good but the middle part is terribly slow. I don’t have problem with slow burn romance or slow pace but here it felt too slow with nothing happening for long long time. It had lull of regular normal life which is sure realistic and relatable but like I said Paige’s dilemma and self-doubt was too much for me. She was constantly in her head to the extent of making her monologue repetitive and i didn’t like that.

Overall, Flirting with fifty is lovely, heartwarming, realistic and enjoyable clean work place romance with second chance trope.
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May 26, 2022
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Flirting with Fifty was Jane Porter’s insightful ode to romance on the more mature side, with the main characters in or nearing their fifties. Sweet, playful, sensual, and a little angsty, this was a most satisfying start to her Modern Love series.

To me, Jane Porter always seems to write extremely emotional romance with lots of heat and heart. And while Paige and Jack’s story wasn’t heavy on the love scenes where it was a very, very slow burn, they had such wonderful chemistry–and a connection from thirty years prior–that I didn’t mind in the least. This will likely be a story that hits home for those of us nearing the big 5-0. (Myself included)... Read More
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