PREORDER Strictly Friends by Frances Mensah Williams
One island paradise. One hell of a choice.
When Ruby Lamont's young son Jake starts telling tall tales about the dad who walked out on them six years ago, she realises that, for her son's sake, it's time to find out the truth. It's not that she wants Kenny back in her life-her best friend, charming commitment-phobe Griffin, has always been more of a father-figure to Jake-but if she can understand once and for all why Kenny broke her heart by leaving her, perhaps she and Jake can finally move on.
Their journey takes them to heart-shaped Sorrel Island, a Caribbean paradise that according to legend was created as an enchanted refuge for lovers. For no-nonsense Ruby, romance is the last thing on her mind. Spoiling for a fight, she confronts her runaway ex, but he's a changed man, or so he claims. Just as Ruby's starting to remember what she saw in Kenny, gorgeous American portrait artist Mac propositions her for a role as his muse, or more…and when Griffin shows up out of the blue, seemingly with more on his mind than friendly moral support, the tropical heat builds to an inferno.
With sparks of lust and jealousy flying in all directions, Ruby has to wonder whether the magic of Sorrel Island is more than just a legend. As the truth of Kenny's departure-and Griffin's arrival-spills out, she seems destined for another devastating heartbreak. Shaken out of her state of romantic limbo, Ruby must discover whether people really can change-or if paradise has been on her doorstep all along.