Nathan is terrible at relationships… Just ask his absent father, his controlling aunt and uncle…or his ex-girlfriend, Sarah. All he wants is to spend the summer before his senior year relaxing in the sun without any conflict or drama. But when he lays eyes on the beautiful, married mother of three at the opening of a yacht club, all bets are off. Jacqueline McCarthy’s life is nothing but a façade… Her husband is a disgraced former athlete who prefers to have his ego stroked by other women. Jackie fills her empty days with yacht club events with other bored, wealthy housewives she can’t stand, and she’d give anything to truly connect with someone. When she meets Nathan and asks him to watch her children, she is captivated by the handsome, charismatic young man with a swimmer’s body. Jacqueline’s attraction to Nathan doesn’t go unnoticed and one particular vindictive gossip is determined to expose what she considers an unsavory secret. Her campaign of rumors and innuendo—and eventually physical evidence—draws the attention of friends and strangers alike, and threatens to bring their world crashing down. However, sometimes those who are quickest to judge are the last ones who should be throwing stones…
This was such a great read! I’ve never read anything by this author before, but the blurb and taboo or forbidden love aspect intrigued me so I dived in. I am so glad I did as this story was so much more than I expected. Love when this happens!
Nathan is not your typical teenager. While he may not be the best at relationships per se, you then realize its simply because he needs something more. That something more shows up in his life as he meets Jacqueline (Jackie) McCarthy by chance at the country club. She is married with three children. Her husband is far from devoted and Jacqueline is well aware of this. As Nathan begins to babysit for Jackie, unexpected sparks fly for them both. While they understand their relationship may be looked down upon, the spark between them cannot be ignored. Their souls simply light up while in the presence of the other.
I found their love and relationship to be inspiring. The author has a talent in seamlessly writing a story that is realistic as it explores the ups and downs of love and all that it entails. Love cannot be placed in a box. Love cannot be defined. And Nathan and Jacqueline’s love attests to that. This is so much more than your average older woman, younger man story. The steam factor was minimal, which I liked as the story didn’t need it for you to understand Jacqueline and Nathan’s relationship. I did find this to be a bit more of a coming of age story than contemporary romance, nevertheless it was still a beautiful read.
Courting Mrs. McCarthy was such a refreshing read as you not only watch, but feel two people that you would never think belong together follow their hearts. For the heart understands everything thats good for the soul. The author tastefully crafted a forbidden relationship that you can’t help but root for. These characters are real. Genuine. And you are witness to their inner struggle with their feelings. But secrets don’t stay hidden forever. Eventually they come out. And those involved are left to deal with the aftermath. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it.
Ian grew up in Greenwich, CT. He is the grandson of noted Sherlockian scholar Colonel John Linsenmeyer, with whom he shares a common love of literature, James Bond, Diana Rigg, and The Wire.
Ian began his training as a writer at the age of 11 when he started writing amazon reviews, mostly about Thomas the Tank Engine VHS tapes. At the age of 15, he became the News Editor for TvHell.net, a website specializing in TV ratings. Channeling his love of baseball and Canadian football, he became a Featured Columnist for three years at Bleacher Report until they told him to make more top 10 lists. He doesn’t like those.
At Boston College, Ian quickly rose through the ranks of The Observer at Boston College, going from Assistant Opinions Editor to Managing Editor in slightly over a year. Following a successful semester at Managing Editor, he left to found The Rock at Boston College, an innovative online publication that continues to produce exciting content to this day.
Following a successful semester abroad at Monash University in Melbourne, Ian became a certified yoga teacher at South Boston Yoga, mostly to justify his ever growing collection of headbands. Ian offers private lessons.
Ian secured his first publishing deal with TouchPoint Press a few months after graduating for his book, Five College Dialogues, a comedic treatise on college life. Two sequels have been commissioned, the first of which is due out in May.
Ian has also signed a deal with Limitless Publishing for his psychedelic coming of age novel, A Trip Down Reality Lane, which was released on February 24th. A Trip Down Reality is an Amazon Bestseller in metaphysical fiction. Ian signed a second deal with Limitless Publishing for his novel Courting Mrs. McCarthy, which will be released on June 9th.
Ian continues to follow his dreams, taking time off only to sit in coffee shops debating Star Wars, walk his golden retriever Georgia (Jorge), and to play with his collection of stuffed animals
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