Nicole Vance is a tough, smart businesswoman with a successful real estate brokerage. When a national franchise threatens to snap up her life’s work, Nicole is more than ready to fight them off. If only Realty World’s representative, green-eyed Peter Dalton, weren’t so attractive.Peter is certain that Nicole’s management style will work well within the franchise, and he has charmed his way through tougher jobs than convincing Lakeview’s realtors into joining Realty World. On the personal side, Peter senses that Nicole is interested in him and he likes her, a lot, but she isn’t responding as he would prefer.Why? Because so many complications abound for Nicole. On the darker side, there’s her alcoholic mother’s recent alarming behavior, which might signal dementia. Then there’s Nicole’s “stomach flu,” contracted after a hook-up with an old boyfriend at their twenty-year college reunion, which turns out to be something more lasting: pregnancy.At forty-one, Nicole chooses her business, her dysfunctional family, and her new baby. She’s certain a romance with Peter will derail her reordered life as a single mother while riding herd on her wayward mother and her growing business. On the other hand, perhaps Nicole should give herself a chance to see where this goes.