Frankie Valenti has always dreamed of taking over the family construction business. But as the baby of the family, and a girl to boot, she's constantly having to prove her ability. Now everything she's worked for hinges on one project, a made-for-TV vineyard renovation. She's got to nail this, and not her infuriating but smoking hot director, if she's going to win her father's trust. If life would just follow her damn blueprints, everything would be fine. But we all know how often that happens...
Jake Ryland will do whatever it takes to move his reputation from child actor burnout to celebrated director, up to and including manipulating "reality" to make the best shows possible. He's never felt bad about it before, but there's something about Frankie that makes him want to lift her up, instead of tearing her down. And if he happens to pin her to the wall while lifting her up, well, then everybody wins. Except for his execs who want to see her fail and owe them $100,000. Crap. He's so screwed.
Rough and tumble hookups are one thing, but can they turn into a stable foundation for a relationship? Or will the whole structure crumble under the weight of pride and ambition?
When the death of her eldest son calls into question a lifetime of choices, Jo Valenti reaches an uncomfortable conclusion. She is through putting her dreams on hold for everyone else's ambitions. Unfortunately, her husband of forty years, Dom did not get the message. Grasping at straws to restore stability, he signs up the entire family for a home renovation reality show, when his marriage is the real fixer upper in need of attention. Will decades of shared love and memories crumble under the weight of grief and resentment, or will these two figure out how to reclaim their dreams?
Reclaimed Dreams is a family drama, fixer upper romance featuring grown-ass lovers trying to save their marriage after loss. It can be read as a stand-alone, but is best appreciated after reading Opened Up, Stripped Down, and Roughed In.