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Loving Ben
Jan Janssen
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What is it they say about the best laid plans? Katherine MacCrae is about to find out that you just can’t plan love in LOVING BEN. She’s forced to face her demons, one in the shape of a very irritating wildlife photographer and ex-photojournalist named Ben Forrester, the man who left her high and dry six months earlier.

Ben Forrester has his life completely under control and he doesn’t need Kat MacCrae messing it up. He’s not happy when he’s forced to share space with the annoying journalist with a caustic tongue. Especially when said journalist has already thrown him out of her life once. She won’t get a second chance!

“I won’t do it and you can’t make me.”

The childish words were out before Katherine could stop them. She glanced up in time to see a surprised expression on Peter’s face.

Besides, it wasn’t true. Peter could make her do the interview. He was her boss. Katherine hoped he would be more of a friend and not push her.

“I’m sorry, Peter. That was a dumb thing to say. It’s just…”

Peter Leeds studied the flush that rose on Katherine’s cheeks. The outburst was definitely not her. But then, she hadn’t been herself since returning to work a month ago. The disappearance of her sister six months earlier had hit her hard. Followed closely by a serious bout of ‘flu, she’d been left a shadow of her former self. It worried him.

“I know.” Her editor’s voice was laced with sympathy. “You’ve had a rough time, between Anna’s vanishing act and your own health problems.” He reached across the table and gave her hand a gentle squeeze.

Katherine accepted the gesture in the spirit it was intended. Peter was a friend of her father’s and nearly as old. In fact, with her parents retired to Florida for the winter, he was almost a surrogate father to her at times. She could come to him with most problems and he would help her thrash them out. But she had never confided in him over Ben. Thank God!

“Are you sure you can’t do this interview for me with Ben Forrester?”

There it was again. That name.

“What’s the matter, Kat?”

“Nothing. It’s just…I haven’t heard from Ben since Anna disappeared.” She glanced at him curiously. “How did you find out where he was?” She had tried to track him down herself with no success. And now Peter had found him just like that.

“We powerful editor types have our ways,” Peter said with a teasing grin. Katherine answered with a weak one of her own.

“I know he’s been making a name for himself in the wildlife photography field.” She couldn’t do this interview. So why was she asking?

“He’s been ‘incommunicado’ for nearly a year. We heard he’s planning a gallery showing sometime this summer, so we’d like to get all the dirt on that and do a profile on him. His agent said he was willing.”

“I find that hard to believe.” As a photojournalist, Ben had always been notoriously camera shy himself. When Peter looked at her with his quizzical expression, her face reddened again.

“Forget I said that. But I think I’ll pass on this assignment.” Let Peter think it was mutual dislike that prompted her decision. She knew the real reason.

“Come on.” Peter switched to his most persuasive voice and put that pleading puppy dog look into his eyes. She hated it when he did that. Oh heck. She could do it. All she had to do was forget she and Ben had any kind of past. But was she that good an actress?

Peter was still looking at her with the woeful puppy eyes when she surrendered.

“You win. But for the record, I’d rather not see Ben. Now or ever.”

“That’s ridiculous, Katherine Mary MacCrae!” Peter said with mock sternness. “You know Ben will probably be as happy as a clam to see you. At least it won’t be some stranger invading his space.”

Somehow, Katherine couldn’t picture Ben being as happy as a clam, ever, especially not at seeing her.

“So, let’s get down to business.” Peter’s cheerful voice dragged her back to his office. “The cabin Ben is staying in is off some lonely highway in Northern Ontario. Waaaay up there.”

To Peter, anything north of Toronto was way up there. To her too, come to think of it.

“I’ll write down the directions and email them to you in the morning.” He rose from his desk with a mischievous grin on his face. “So go home and pack sweetie, and pack good. I hear it hit 20 below up there last night and there’s still enough snow to make skiers cry tears of joy.”

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5 "Loving Ben grabs you from word one! This story is filled with love, passion and even a bit of mystery. Jan Janssen brings her characters to life with excellent details and a stimulating story. This is a timeless tale of love, loss and of finding one another again. This was my first story by Jan Janssen and I can guarantee it will not be my last!" Reviewed By Jaym


"Loving Ben is a remarkable story. Jan Janssen did a great job at creating characters that you can relate to. As you see the yearning and desire between them, you hope that Ben and Katherine can find a way to overcome the past. The reader waits anxiously to see whether they can admit all the things they have kept secret so they can hopefully forgive and start fresh. Loving Ben is my first Jan Janssen story. I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author!"
Reviewed by: Cindy at Fallen Angel Reviews


Four Hearts From The Romance Studio! "Jan Janssen weaves an all-too-real story of love with all the common misunderstandings, and failures to communicate. Ben is a super-dynamic character with a past that haunts him, along with a successful career that can never make up for what he has lost. Kat is strong and emotional with her own misgivings and mistakes. A great story for everyone that has not had a romance go as smoothly as one would hope, but in the end the love shared makes up for all the heartache." Reviewer: Sara Sawyer


"This is my first opportunity to read a book by Jan Janssen, but I will definitely look for her work again. Her ability to give these characters such an intense connection after such a brief affair is incredible. Her take on an age old storyline was different and refreshing. Ben was my favorite character, his honestly and helplessness where Kat was concerned made me love him all the more. Read Loving Ben and before you know it, you will love him too." Reviewed by Jennifer Ray for The Road to Romance


THREE AND A HALF HEARTS "...........Jan Janssen has done it again. This contemporary romance has it all. Love, pain and a mystery to boot!.....This reviewer enjoyed this contemporary book and was captivated by the story, after the first few paragraphs.....The question remains with this book; will Kat and Ben work out their pain and find their way back to each other?" --Reviewed by Dawn at Loves Romances


Sizzling Romances gave it Four Flames!
LOVING BEN is a tender story of a second chance at love and redemption from past mistakes. Kat and Ben are two of a kind; their stubbornness won’t let them see that they are made for each other. They share an intense love and desire for each other. Their sexual encounters are sweet and warm, while revealing an underlying tension that remains throughout. Reviewer: Ansley, Sizzling Romances


Rating: 5 Cups
This is a poignant, sweet story written wonderfully by Jan Janssen. The chemistry between Ben and Kat is recognized from the beginning. This book will keep you reading because you just cannot wait for both Ben and Kat to confront each other and resolve their differences.
This book is a great read that I highly recommend. I give Loving Ben 5 Cups. It’s a keeper. Sherry Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Romance Books, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

Fiction Books :: Romance Books :: Contemporary Books

ISBN: 1593740832
ISBN(13-digit): 9781593740832
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 204
Paper Weight (lb): 6.8

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