Sealing the Deal

Sealing the Deal

by Sandy James


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After losing her sister, Bethany Rogers needs a shoulder to lean on more than ever-though she never expects that shoulder to belong to her new boss . . .

Bethany has been in love with Robert Ashford since they were teachers at the same high school. After Robert leaves to start his own construction company, Beth puts her feelings aside to focus on her goals. When she finally lands a gig as a part-time designer, she is shocked to find her new boss is none other than Robert . . . and he's hotter than ever. But Bethany's happiness is short-lived when she receives word that her sister has been killed in combat.

With the success of building homes for one happy family after another, Robert is finally ready to settle down. When Beth is left to care for her nine-month-old niece, Robert can't help but step in. And before long, the trio are inseparable. Yet convincing the cautious, bereaved Beth of letting him in proves difficult-but Robert will give everything he's got for the chance at his own happily ever after.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455558940
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Sandy lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis and is a high school psychology teacher. She owns a small stable of harness racehorses and enjoys spending time at Hoosier Park racetrack. She has been an Amazon #1 Bestseller multiple times and has won numerous awards including two HOLT Medallions.

Please visit her website at for more information or find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest as "sandyjamesbooks."

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Sealing the Deal 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This is book three in The Woman Who Lunch series and we are reunited with Beth, Jules, Mallory and Dani along with their spouses in the case of Mallory and Jules. There was a lot of warmth due to the friendships and love shared by them and it was heartwarming to see. Robert, their friend and Beth’s boss since she decorates and helps stage houses he’s built for sale, plays a major role in the story. There was a lot of angst surrounding Emma, Beth’s niece, whom she got custody of when her sister died in the military. Robert steps in to help, is always so giving and there for them and they are instantly a family. Watching Beth’s interactions with Emma and learning how to deal with a baby and all that entails left me smiling, laughing and sometimes in tears. Robert who has nieces and nephews and knows his way around babies and kids is helpful at every turn. Watching Emma’s interactions with him always left me smiling but I sometimes wanted to shake them both so they could understand their feelings for each other whether Emma was there or not. There was a lot of upheaval especially when Emma’s biological father and his girlfriend enter the picture, along with friendship, love, hot and steamy sex, children, lawyers, custody issues as well as laughter, fear, happiness, tears, depression, mistakes, misunderstandings and miscommunication along with help, sweetness, unselfishness and romance. Watching Beth and Robert’s relationship go from friendship to love without either believing it or really understanding how they or the other felt took us two steps forward and three back for much of the storyline. When they finally acknowledged the depth of their feelings it was an aha moment that left me smiling especially when they learned to communicate what they wanted or needed. There were several happily ever afters and nice closure but we know we’ll be back for Dani’s story since her story and that of finding her true love needs to be told. Although I had only read book one in the series, The Bottom Line, I didn’t feel lost not having yet read book two, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. I look forward to reading book two as well as the last book in the series. James has become a new favorite author of mine over the last year and I can’t wait to read her other books – those I’ve missed along the way as well as those she’s yet to pen. Favorite Quote: Just looking at her now made him feel as though someone were squeezing his chest too tightly for him to breathe. How he’d managed to get a woman like her, someone so beautiful in mind, body, and heart, to fall in love with him was still confusing, but he thanked God every day she’d looked past his flaws and loved him for who he was.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Sandy James knows how to create a tale of friendship, love and support when things threaten to get out of control. Four women bonded over lunch years before, their lives have changed, but their bond is strong. Each has a story to tell, and this time is Bethany’s. A single teacher who lacks the confidence to accept herself, physically, has given up on finding love or having a family when a brutal death leaves her with the care and custody of her infant niece. The man she has had feelings for, her boss and friend is there when she needs him, to support her, help her and finally to offer the perfect solution to her new situation. The only downside? Robert is too sexy, too single and too off limits in Beth’s mind. But is there more to Robert’s acts of kindness than friendship? Is his love for the baby making this confirmed bachelor go all soft inside or is it Beth, herself, so opposite of the women he dates? Could Beth find her happy ever after? You might want a few tissues, Sealing the Deal is that full of emotionally twists and heart. Once again, Sandy James takes romance to a new level with enough real-life drama to win over the coldest of hearts. With a completely contemporary theme, she weaves warmth from the pain, love from loss and warps her readers in the beauty of her words. Using a strong female character who has the weight of an unknown future on her shoulders, Ms. James has proven that support and love can show up when you need it most, if you are wise enough to share the burden.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Gripping story of loss and finding love. Add to that the complications of loving someone for years and not knowing how they really feel about you. With Beth having to step up and act as guardian of her 9 month old niece, she finds herself in the awkward position of raising a child without having any prior experience., Her best friend Robert steps up to help and both Robert and Beth fall for this orphaned child. Emma becomes the glue that holds them together. Being friends for so many years, these two would be lovers must go through painful steps to leave their shyness behind and explore the possibilities of love and marriage in order to provide for Emma. Written beautifully, our author shares with us the emotional struggle of adopting a child. In this case, a child whose father was never notified and now wants to raise his own flesh and blood. That is fine, except, what is best for the child? To stay in the loving home she has known or to be sent away from her loved ones to a strange household with people she has not bonded with? Amazing story. Made me cry.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sealing the Deal is book three in The Ladies Who Lunch series. This time around the main character is Beth Rogers, a high school teacher that is coping with losing her sister that was in combat in Afghanistan. At her sister's funeral, she finds out that her parents are not able to take care of her niece, so she will have to be the child's guardian, or Emma will be given up for adoption. It's a lot to take in while she's trying to handle her grief, so pretty much Beth's life changes in a whirlwind. I've been waiting for Beth's story for awhile now, I've glimpsed details about Beth and Robert in previous books and wanted to know more. They have been friends since they met at the high school they both teach at, Robert has since moved on to be his own boss and build houses. Beth helps out by handling the interior design for the houses so the two interact frequently. Because they are friends, Robert is there to support her in her time of need, he helps her adapt to having a child while still maintaining her job and life. The two quickly fall into a relationship of sorts between Robert taking care of Emma while Beth is at work, to moving in together. While I initially thought their relationship in the book was going a bit fast, I realized that they've been dancing around liking one another for the two previous books in the series. Sealing the Deal is an emotional read that has characters that are easy to connect with. I really enjoyed Beth's character, she's the type of best friend everyone wants. She's selfless and would do anything for anyone she cares for. Even though she was going through things I couldn't imagine happening in my own life she was easy to relate to. We've all had times where our world is thrown for a loop. As always, the relationships whether friendship or romantic is crafted perfectly. This is one of the main reasons I love Sandy James's books. I highly suggest this series if you're looking for a contemporary romance.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story! Bethany and Robert had worked together for years and were attracted to each other, but had no clue how the other felt. When Beth becomes guardian to her orphaned niece, Emma, Robert steps up to help. The characters and the dialogue were great, and I admit I fell for Robert who stuttered when he was nervous. This has been a wonderful series and I'm looking forward to the next book!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Sealing the Deal is a wonderfully charming and delightful romance.  Sandy James’s salutation on her email is “*laughter *tears *love“ and I could not describe her work any better. You laugh, you cry and you get to watch a marvelous couple struggle to find the love they so deserve. In Sealing the Deal, Beth is struggling with the loss of her sister when she realizes that she needs to take on her sisters orphaned baby. Robert, her friend and coworker, pushes his way into the help Beth and immediately falls in love with the small babe.  Robert has always been attracted to Beth, but now he is beginning to see the life he always dreamed of with a readymade family in tow. Will Beth see herself worth and fight for what really matters? You’re going to have to read Sealing the Deal to find out. I loved reading this heartwarming story. Beth has been given zero support from her critical mother, in this story she finds that there are families that you are born with and ones you choose.  The Ladies Who Lunch have become a must read series for me. Sealing the Deal was a fabulous additional to the series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--SEALING THE DEAL is the third installment in Sandy James’s wonderful adult, contemporary The Ladies Who Lunch romance series focusing on a tight knit group of friends (and teachers) who meet every day at lunch to discuss life, love and growing old.  This is home builder and former teacher Robert Ashford and teacher Bethany Rogers’s story. Although Sealing The Deal is the third book in the series it can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from third person point of view the premise finds Bethany a new mother. Following the death of her sister Tiffany in Afghanistan, Beth becomes guardian and mother to Tiffany’s nine month old daughter Emma. Never having had children herself, thirty year old Bethany is overwhelmed with the prospect of raising her sister’s child. Without the help of her long time friend and ‘crush’ Robert ( a man almost ten years older), Emma would be lost in a sea of diapers, toys and sleepless nights. Robert’s experience as an uncle comes in handy as Beth begins to traverse the minefield of being a working, single mother to a little girl who has lost so much at such an early age. The relationship between Robert and Bethany is a friends to lovers storyline.  Robert and Beth have always been attracted to one another but have never crossed the line into romance or sex. When Robert makes Beth an offer she cannot refuse, the sparks begin to fly as their attraction to one another passes from friends to lovers. But when Bethany’s adoption plans for Emma hit a major snag in the form of Emma’s biological father, Emma’s displaced anger pushes Robert out of her life –possibly forever. The sex scenes are sensual and seductive. Robert is a man whose love for Emma is both emotional and physical.  The secondary characters include all of the previous storyline couples and, of course, the ladies who lunch-a group of well meaning but oft times over bearing women whose opinion and attitude sometimes push the boundaries of friendship and love. The world building continues as each of our ladies finds love and a happily ever after but not before a crisis will force each woman to look inside herself and see what it is she truly wants-and needs. There are moments of heartbreak and sorrow for our couple as their happily ever after may not be so happy after all. Sandy James’s THE LADIES WHO LUNCH series is a realistic and passionate look at friendship and love-four friends who love one another and ‘tell it like it is’ –even when the truth hurts-but in the end have one another’s back when the going gets tough.  We should all welcome such a friendship in our own lives. SEALING THE DEAL is another spirited and hopeful storyline from the fantastic mind of Sandy James.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great addition to a wonderfully entertaining series! I'd been waiting for Beth and Robert's story, and Ms. James doesn't disappoint!