Kimberley James

Past Imperfect

Michael Clason leads a privileged life in Manhattan successfully running his own company and as sought-after bachelor, also wrestling personal demons as best he can. Which may explain a maturity and depth in someone with such easy wealth and good looks…  While everyone feels free to question Stephanie Raite working her own unimpressive way in the world, especially Anne, pushing her to do something with her life already. But she’s learning that living on her own terms means she has to work these things out for herself.  If a stern, possibly dastardly town deacon also determines to meddle in even her small cosmos…

When Michael’s personal aide and friend Tom Stanton invites him to the country on a family visit (also to reconnect with youthful love Nicole Carter: pretty, popular & prepared to keep him trailing loyally at her heels) no one expects the wealthy young president of Clason Industries to have much in common with Stephanie, Nicole’s thoughtful, independent roommate. Yet as their differing worlds are drawn together, an inevitable spark, then slow fire begin to build. As lively repartee occasionally collides in disconcerting heat, their bond of attraction and respect grows, the play of negative and positive emotionally charged as it often seems to be. Yet may ultimately align into a harmonious strength and powerful uniting of hearts- As each struggle to face challenges in a demanding world that expects much but rarely appreciates what it takes to get there, or the journey itself.

EXCERPT:  As if she needed his approval of her actions, unimpeachable as they were, picturing the stern face confronting her a second ago… Anyway, he should know her, enough to-Michael’s laugh was edged with emotion. “Ready to pick a fight as usual, I see.” Her anger abated somewhat… yet resentfully mindful Alex would never speak to her like that! But now he reacted-  Mad, pure reaction, eyes darkening perilously, voice grown hard. “You shouldn’t allow yourself to be kissed and whatnot right under everyone’s noses unless you want them talking about it.

Anger igniting again at the preposterous authority in his tone, mingled with a sense of injury that he would judge her so, brought defiant eyes around to his resolute gaze. “It’s none of your business what I do. And men do kiss women these days- Or would you expect me to get engaged f-irst?” remembrance momentarily choking off her defense.  “There’s a lot more than that being done-”

“That’s true-” he retorted with flashing eyes but a quiet banality that… made her flush with annoyance. “But not by you,” the eyes challenged.“How do you know? Or maybe you do! Better than anyone about that sort of thing!”

His eyes narrowed. “Peremptory first judgments at work again?  Fine, do what you like,” lips pinched.

“Well, it’s a lot more fun than being lectured by you!” satisfied when this succeeded in also flushing his face with color.

Past Imperfect

Pages: 426
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Kindle: $7.99

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‘Country barefoot’ faces its alter ago in ‘mad-paced metropolitan.’ Status quo crashing into unquestioned new values to meet somewhere in reality, with happiness and justice for all… You just may fall a little in love with Michael yourself.

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