Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of Gut It!, a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show's audience. But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host-the day after Caroline's fifty-sixth birthday-she is devastated. The fallout couldn't come at a worse time.
For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn't want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!
For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. Her ex-husband's death thrusts her into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there's Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.
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Caroline showered, put on dark green jeans with a sleeveless blouse in a matching green and orange plaid, and took care to tack her hair up in a way that might survive a helmet, because she was sure that despite her objections Dean would be on the bike—and she wouldn’t refuse it. She needed an escape, maybe even needed danger or risk. He must have known that, which possibly explained why he had kissed her at that moment, in that way. The kiss was actually better than expected, not because she didn’t find Dean physically appealing, but because she had always found kisses either too tame, as in closed-mouth and dull, or a slobbering mess. Dean’s kiss had fallen somewhere in the middle—aggressive enough without invading. She hadn’t felt violated. And as for being too short, that was perhaps why it had been good—as in, quitting while he was ahead.