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Proximity and Love—How to Survive 8 Months of Misunderstandings and Mistrust at Home and at Work
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2021
Proximity—physical closeness—is a vital element in the evolution of love—it provides opportunity for the development of feelings—like love, but it can also allow the revelation of flaws—like dishonesty. When she was 23, it took Blaire Crawford, a blue-eyed, leggy brunette only 26 days, spread over a period of months, to realize that the fast-talking and faster-romancing Stephen, had wooed and won the heart of the young, trusting professional for business purposes only, not love. When the starry-eyed Blaire happened to see him with Janet, whom she later learned had been and continued to by his lover, both before and after Blaire, and she discovered that Stephen’s father was the CEO of aa company in competition with her employer, it destroyed her faith and trust in herself, in men and in love. She had allowed herself to trust Stephen, a man who had romanced her only to learn her company’s plans to assist a business rival.
Now, at 30 and the CEO of her own successful business, Crawford Consultants, a staffing company often referred to as “headhunters,” Blaire is smarter than the naïve 23-year-old who had been tricked by a false lover—smarter in her business acumen and smarter in love. And to celebrate and honor her professional achievement, she is moving out of the apartment where she had lived for 7 years, finally turning her back on the site of her most biting personal and professional relationship mistake. And, her move allows her to turn her back on her past and look forward. And so, she has chosen an apartment that celebrates her professional success, just like the Tesla parked in her private parking space affirms her success.
But sometimes fate continues to teach the same lesson over and over again. The resident of the apartment and parking spot beside hers, 36-year-old Trevor Davenport and CEO of Habitat, a mergers and acquisitions company which seeks out young companies with potential, and buys into the company, helping develop the company and also gaining leverage in the young firm. His days are tense and packed with decisions that can literally launch or bury young companies. So, at the end of a long day, when he finally arrives in his parking garage only to find a Tesla in his parking slot, and knowing that his young daughter, Anya, is waiting eagerly for him in his apartment with her nanny, Trevor’s disposition is not copasetic when faced with anything that stands between him and his time with his daughter. And, when the same Tesla owner, his next-door neighbor, invites friends over, apparently trying to turn her apartment into a karaoke bar, singing inharmoniously late into the night when his daughter is trying to sleep, he has had it with his beautiful, but irritating, neighbor. So, when his company’s attorney discovers a young company with potential—a staffing company, Crawford Consultants—which just happens to have as its CEO a woman named Blaire Crawford who drives a Tesla—the deal is too sweet to pass up!
Is it possible to be neighbors, co-workers, lovers with the woman who sets his hair on fire? And, is it possible for a woman who has trusted and been crushed by one treacherous lover, trust a man who is unwilling or unable to offer her love?
Author, Suzanne Hart has woven a complicated romance built on a foundation of lies, misunderstandings, and inexperience in relating to others emotionally and sexually. Focusing on past betrayals and false love, Hart allows the reader to follow these lovers through a series of mistakes, misunderstandings, and mistrustful of love because of past misadventures.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review, but I also bought a copy.