Better Late Than Never

· Emlu Press

About this ebook

A Second Chance Romance set on the Beaches and Boardwalks of the New Jersey Shore.

"Austen has created a unique couple in Manny and Carrie. Not only is Manny smart, sensual, and sensitive, he also has strong ties to his family on the reservation in New Mexico. For her part, Carrie is a formidable romance lead who has raised a daughter on her own while making a living as a painter and art teacher. These characters and their history make for rich conflict..." -- Kirkus Reviews


Carrie's a passionate artist and a Jersey Girl with seawater in her veins. She makes her art from the treasures she collects each day, walking the beaches of the New Jersey Shore. Manny's an architect and college professor. An Apache Native from New Mexico, he's more at home in the mountains, but he moves to the Jersey Shore to be a better Dad to their teenage daughter.

Carrie is Jersey. She doesn't do calm. Manny is quiet and takes his time to react. Together they will redefine the meaning of love, family and home.

A feel-good standalone story of multicultural romance with adult sex, realistic cursing, a bitch of a heroine, Jersey sarcasm and your next book boyfriend! 

Content Warning: There is mention of a sexual assault.

Scenes in this novel take place in a fictionalized version of Asbury Park, Sandy Hook Gateway National Park, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, and Long Branch New Jersey.

About the author

Ada Austen is a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore. She currently lives in Asbury Park, NJ. She loves to hear from her readers. Please let her know in your reviews what you liked or didn't like in her story. Did anything ring extra true to you? She wants to know! You can find her online at or follow her on Twitter @AdaAusten.

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