Welcome back to Buckeye Falls, Ohio!
Does this small town mayor have the political savvy to negotiate his way back into his wife’s heart?
From the outside, Mayor Anthony Snyder and his wife Natalie have it all. Adorable children, a lovely home, and a never-ending supply of free food from the local diner. But behind closed doors, this duo struggles to stay connected. The sparkle they show Buckeye Falls has turned a little dull on the home front.
Over the last decade, things became hectic in the Snyder household. Anthony was elected to office, following in his father’s footsteps. Unfortunately, he’s reminded regularly that these are big shoes to fill. Being the best mayor takes a lot of time—time he’s not spending with his family.
Natalie prides herself on being everything to everyone, but the job of a wife hasn’t been smooth sailing. Wrapped up in her own growing business and their kids’ activities, her time with Anthony has dwindled faster than her secret stash of Halloween candy. Natalie longs for quality time with the man she loves, but it never seems to be in the cards.
A chance to visit their family lake house promises a week away from it all, but can these two reconnect when there’s no distractions? Or is it time for these high achievers to admit that love might be the one thing they can’t master?
With a little help from the residents of Buckeye Falls, this power couple will find their way back to happily ever after.
Falling Again is the third book in the Buckeye Falls series, but it can be enjoyed as a standalone read. Featuring similar marriage conflicts as in Lyssa Kay Adams’ The Bromance Book Club and the small-town romance of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, fans will love this second chance love story. After all, who doesn’t deserve to fall in love again?
“Anthony saw me topless, and vice versa, for the first time in ages yesterday.”
Ginny raised an eyebrow. “Isn’t that a good thing?”
“It would be if we’d done anything about it. Both times we were cleaning up after the kids and didn’t even acknowledge it happened. Or I guess that it didn’t happen.”
Ginny paused, clearly unsure how to continue. “Has it been a while since you two—” she swirled her mug in the air, gesturing for Natalie to finish the sentence. Apparently, her friend wasn’t going easy on her this morning.
“Had sex? Yes. It’s been a while. It’s been so long that I don’t even remember the basic mechanics of the deed. And don’t even ask me when it was. Sometime between Otis’s conception and last Thursday.” Natalie sank back in her chair and groaned. “This is bad.”
Placing her hand over his mouth to shut him up, Natalie shook her head. “Stop that. You are a wonderful husband and father. Just because we hit a rough patch doesn’t mean all the ways you love us don’t shine through.” Beneath her hand, Anthony sighed. He sounded so defeated; she wanted to wrap him in a blanket and hide him from the world. “I’ve made some mistakes too. You’re not allowed to play the blame game alone. It’s a two-player game.” Lowering her hand, she saw a little smirk cross Anthony’s face before he sighed again.
“You’re letting me off too easily, Nat.”
“I don’t think so. I’m trying to give you some grace. I think we both deserve a little of that, don’t you?”
“Thank you,” Anthony breathed.
Natalie frowned. “For what?”
“For all of this. For listening, for not running away.”
Natalie snorted. “I would never run away. Even when I’m exhausted and frustrated, I always want to come home. It never occurred to me to run away.” Anthony flashed her a weak smile before pulling her into a crushing embrace. Since they’d arrived on the island, his hugs were bordering on bear traps, like he was afraid she’d slip away. Reiterating her point, Natalie added, “I’m not going anywhere.”
For a moment neither of them moved. Anthony’s face showed a myriad of emotions that Natalie couldn’t decipher, but she knew he would share when he was ready. He’d already shared so much. Slowly his grip on her loosened and he eased back. “I want to make this work. I don’t know how, but I need us to figure this out.”
Natalie nodded, turning to refill her coffee. She probably could use something stronger, but caffeine would at least keep them talking. “So let’s figure it out.” Her tone was sharp, much like when she scolded the kids or chastised a work vendor. “We are two type-A people, and I think it’s high time we acted like it and found a solution.”
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