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Angelfire II Quartet, Book 1: Only the Lonely

Score: 5.00 (votes: 2)

Return to Karen Wiesner's award-winning Angelfire Trilogy, where you can read the stories of those secondary characters--and some new faces--in an all-new spin-off quartet. Timeless couples seek out the unconditional love and healing of an angel and the scorching heat of unending passion.

Mikey Lund has spent thirty years being the odd man out and believes he only fell into being in a popular crowd as an adult because of a friendly association at Foxx Body Shop, where he's the head mechanic. Truthfully, he's been in love with most of his female friends from afar for years yet he's never considered any of them truly an option for him. He's spent a lonely existence, only imagining the perfect romance but never coming close to it. When Mike's drop-dead gorgeous friend Diane Hoffman quits her job after learning her boss and long-term boyfriend Robert Drake is married with children, Diane comes to work at the garage. Afraid she'll be weak if she relies on herself, she asks Mike if he'll help her convince Robert she's over him. Mike sees an opening to show Diane not all men are losers and creeps, unable or unwilling to be faithful to one special woman. 

Diane is devastated about having unwittingly been "the other woman" for so many years and she'd determined to make a clean break from the unsatisfying relationship she's had with her lying, cheating beau. Though she's wallowed in her grief for far too long, packing on the pounds in her lonely misery, Mike is willing to help her put on a good show for Robert, who continues to pursue her. Diane has counted on Mikey's friendship for years but never really saw him as boyfriend material before, partly because of how overweight he'd always been. But now Mike is fit and trim--and he's the perfect "pretend" perfect, she can't help wondering if their amazingly sweet, sexy romantic relationship could last in the real world. 

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 4, 2018, 16:26
    5 Stars! “WOW, this series is so GOOD that I can't wait for the next book! I loved that Mikey lost an incredible amount of weight and loved Diane Hoffman from afar. As he came from a bad childhood, he’d never known what love was and thought he didn't deserve it. Mikey is quite shy and has no idea he’s a hunk, nor does he feel comfortable with attention. I'm glad he ran to the rescue every time Diane called. I'm encouraged that Diane followed her boyfriend when he started acting suspiciously. She learn that, after ten years of being in with Robert Drake, he’s been living a double life. He’s married and has children; now she’s the OTHER woman! For ten years, Robert has strung her along. Diane wanted nothing more than to be married and have children of her own. Now that would never happen. Despite what she now knows he’s married, Robert wants to continue their affair. Diane realizes herself she’s weak-willed around him. Can Mikey help her find her strength?” ~Linda’s Reviews
    4 Stars! “Mike Lund is the kind of guy that you don’t really notice at first. He’s quiet and shy, and because he spent much of his young life overweight, he doesn’t have the confidence he should. But, thanks to his skills under the hood, he skirts on the fringe of the popular crowd. ONLY THE LONELY is the story of Mike and his friend Diane, one of the many female friends for which he has carried a torch at one point. Diane takes a job at Foxx Body Shop, where Mike works, after she finds out her boyfriend and boss is someone else’s husband and father. Karen Wiesner does a good job illustrating the emotions both Mike and Diane feel about her previous relationship, as well as the attraction they both refuse to acknowledge. What is so great about ONLY THE LONELY is that while Mike is helping Diane stay strong and stay away from her lying cheating ex, Robert, he is slowly showing her what it feels like to have a solid relationship with a faithful man. Seemingly out of the blue, Diane starts to see Mike as more than a quiet, overweight guy who drinks a little too much. But Mike thinks it’s too much to hope that Diane sees him any differently than she always has. Karen Wiesner did a great job with this story. ONLY THE LONELY offers a good time with great characters, and I look forward to reading more from Wiesner.”
    4 Stars! “Sometimes it is difficult to notice someone special when they are close to you. Mikey is such a person. It takes Diane awhile to notice his uniqueness; to see what is below the surface. Due to Mikey’s shyness and his ability to fade into the background, he has a keener eye than most and sees into Diane quickly. Wiesner puts pen to paper in such a way that these two characters are crystal clear and seem more alive than the people around me in reality.” ~Huntress Review
    "The writing lures readers into Diane’s life, evoking their compassion and their interest to see how she’ll fair after a ten-year affair. She seeks a pretend boyfriend and turns to garage mechanic Mikey Lund, who has been hiding his crush on her for years. This is a story about missed chances as well being a classic love triangle as Diane teeters between a reprobate and the man who genuinely cares about her. The author writes with clarity, showing a deep connection to the characters." ~BTSemag

  • Harriet Klausner
    Aug 22, 2017, 13:09
    enjoyable contemporary romance

    Global Pharmaceutical District 2 Administrative Assistant Diane Hoffman and Pharma Sales Rep Robert Drake have been seeing each other for years though he travels a lot. After being away for four months, Robert acts odd when he tells his girlfriend he is too tired to see her. She soon learns why as Robert is married with two children. Mortified and heartbroken she quits her job and goes on a sugar binge to the consternation of her friends.

    Diane obtains a position at Foxx Body Shop where Mikey Lund works. Mikey has always been on the fringe of their crowd partly because he was overweight and mostly because he is shy. He wants to help his friend Diane to get over her former lover; while Robert tries to persuade her to renew their relationship. Not wanting to be the other woman, Diane turns to Mikey to insure she does not return to Robert like an addict in need. Mike prays that he can persuade Diane to take a chance on him and his love for her.

    The first Angelfire II tale is an enjoyable contemporary romance as the inadvertent other woman and the once obese still alone man fall in love while pretending to be an item. Karen Wiesner delightfully captures the mindset of the protagonists; as he lost the weight but psychologically feels fat and she lost the cheater while psychologically feels a need for the chutzpah philanderer. Readers will enjoy this entertaining tale as Only the Lonely know how the lead couple feels.
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