SYNOPSIS: Super student Cara Cruz made it all the way through her prestigious MBA program only to choke on the last final. Ordered by her advisor to take the summer off and clear her head, she’s home in Lobster Cove for some fun before retaking the exam. If she fails a second time, she will lose her dream job offer in Chicago. Meanwhile her best friend happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s mom, which means close contact with the man who broke her heart. Twice. This time she’ll protect her heart no matter the cost.
Ex-major-league baseball pitcher Jason Ward blew his money, his elbow, and his love life. Now at home taking care of his mom and working on a new life plan, he wants Cara back, but he already struck out, didn’t he? Maybe not, and now his mission is to win her back without telling her the truth about why he really came home.
Winning at love will be the only play that counts.
REVIEW: Cara returns to Lobster Cove in the hopes of having some fun and relaxing before she has to redo her last exam for her MBA. She is happy to be able to see her best friend, Francie who happens to be her ex-boyfriend Jason’s mom. So of course they will see each other. You can tell from the start that they are both still in love with each other but having had already 2 strikes against them they are very leery to see if the title is true – Third Strikes a Charm.
When Cara discovers her true passion is helping people in a home for elderly people she decides to change her presentation for her final exam. She organizes a group outing for the home in Lobster Cove and everyone that goes has an enjoyable time. She wants to give them some semblance of a real life.
Jason wants to start dating Cara again but with her around to see his mom he doesn’t know how to start. Cara’s mom suggests she make herself scarce so Jason can court her. He gets up the nerve to ask her out on a date and it goes well.
Unfortunately time is against them, because Cara is soon called by her professor to retake her exam sooner so she can go to work in Chicago ahead of schedule. She is disappointed to have to leave so soon. Jason thought he had all summer to date her and work on their relationship.
Cara presents her idea of the new and improved home for elderly people and her professor says it is great. She passes the last exam with flying colors. She wants to make it a reality. She has no money though. Jason has become a great cook and wants to help her out.
They put their heads together and try to see if they could do this together. Family and friends pitch in and it seems her dream is more than a dream. She will have a place for her aunt to be and also residents of Lobster Cove’s loved ones can move there and be taken care of.
This is another edition to the Lobster Cove series and I loved it just as much as the others I have read. Cara and Jason have loved each other all along but things kept getting in their way. When she returns home she realizes Jason hasn’t moved on and neither has she. Although they both have secrets they need to share with each other you know that they will have to come clean if their relationship is to work.
I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by Mistress Mary