Despite the Devil (Book 1 of They Loved Collection)

Will Stephanie and Andrew's fairytale be strong enough to resist the wickedness from Andrew’s former life?
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Try imagining meeting the perfect man for you to uncover another woman making his life miserable. The hardest pill to swallow, leaving you discouraged to learn more about him, but he makes the move you've been hoping for and explains his situation to put your mind to ease. What are you willing to do to ensure you live happily ever after and receiving everything you deserve? In "Despite the Devil: A Romantic Women's Fiction Novel (They Loved Collection Book 1)," author Shawna James introduces her readers to two lovely lady teachers at an elementary school, Stephanie and her best friend, Maya. Although the single life has been treating them kind, they were always optimistic about the possibilities of meeting the man of their dreams. The new physical education teacher and coach named Andrew became the topic of talk around the school. Stephanie and Andrew soon became acquainted and realized how great a bond they developed together, despite Andrew's ex-wife, Roberta, causing mayhem at every opportunity. Even while all of the constant court orders, legalities, more money demanded, etc., Andrew remained calm and gentlemanly towards Stephanie. Their relationship started rocky with Roberta as their glooming third-wheel, they continued to be positive and build their future together. Unfortunately, Kevin and Muffy suffered throughout this process, while Andrew did everything in his power to provide for Stephanie and their two girls, Chelsea and Allie. The author managed to shine light tastefully on how bitter some women are when it comes to good men, men they cannot have or no longer control. It's disturbing to read because it tugs at your heartstrings when it comes to the children, Kevin and Muffy, being the victims in this mess. Many would appreciate the author's brief insight on the imperfections of the Canadian justice system. You'll get a glimpse of an ugly custody battle involving an unfit mother and the questioning of paternity. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and have built an understanding of Andrew and Stephanie's marriage. The fact of deciding what is most important to you stands out the most in this story. Priorities were a factor in their decision making as a team, and they managed to do what was best for their family. The external factors out of their control they understood they had to let go of to experience happiness. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I'm excited and looking forward to reading the sequel.

-- BookWorm
Book Description:

Stephanie gazed at Andrew’s clean-shaven, long and slender face. His dark green eyes were captivating. His brown hair was neatly combed to the side. His eyebrows were thick and kind of joined in the middle, and his nose looked even sharper from the angle at which Stephanie was now looking at him. Girl, he’s handsome! Stephanie thought, And that accent!

When Stephanie meets Andrew Simmons, she believes she’s found the perfect man: smart, handsome, kind, and athletic. Best of all, the Norwegian former soldier is as interested in her as she is in him. But as their romance begins to blossom, Stephanie learns that Andrew’s past could haunt their life together. His dangerous earlier life may destroy the happiness the two of them share. Will Stephanie and Andrew’s fairytale be strong enough to resist the wickedness from Andrew’s former life?

Winner of the Canada Book Awards!

Shawna James (Author)
When award-winning author Shawna James is not instructing at university or writing in her favorite coffee shop, Shawna spends most of her time reading, hiking, traveling abroad, and catching her favorite football games on Sunday afternoons. If you want to know when Shawna’s next book will come out, please visit her website at, where you can request to receive an email when she has her next release. Website:
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