At least, she's sure until she meets his brothers on the cruise and discovers she's dated both of them: Austin, the fun-loving flirt whose kisses still haunt her dreams, and Nicholas, the sweet horror movie fan whose lack of ambition upset her in ways she still doesn't understand.
Melissa expected to spend tons of time onboard with her fiancé, but he instead spends nearly his every waking moment in the casino displaying a previously unseen love of gambling. This surprise, and the time she spends with Nicholas and with Austin, makes her question everything she thought she wanted.
Her relationship with Owen was just fine before, but suddenly 'just fine' doesn't seem good enough to keep a marriage alive for a lifetime. Melissa has two weeks to decide: stay with Owen or jump ship.
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"Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo": When Candice's in-laws died in a car accident eight months ago, she lost her husband Ian too. After only two years of marriage their guilt and pain have left them living together but apart. During Ian's month-long trip overseas, Candice plans to decide if her marriage can be saved, but when the first man she ever loved is the new client at work, she wonders what she truly wants from life and love.
"Go Small or Go Home": When massage therapist and aspiring artist Tess begins treating stressed but attractive hockey star Forrest, her art career soars due to his gallery-owning mother, but her creativity plummets under the weight of rules and deadlines. Soon, she's lost the freedom and joy she'd always found in art. Is having her dream career worth losing doing her art her way, or can she somehow have both at once?
"Planning to Live": Determined to lose weight for her best friend's wedding, goal-obsessed Rhiannon flees her parents' Christmas Day feast to avoid overeating but her car skids off the deserted road into a tree. Trapped and bleeding, with her cell phone out of reach, she struggles to escape, and to accept that she's spent her whole life planning but hasn't ever really lived. Will she get the chance to change that?
"Stir Until Thoroughly Confused": Mary's given up everything, including an unsatisfying marriage, to become a chef. But the career comes with a side dish: Kegan, her sexy but controlling new boss. They're soon in a relationship, and in all-too-frequent arguments, and when it becomes clear they can't work together and be together Mary faces a dilemma: keep her dream job or her dream man?
"A Life That Fits": Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea is devastated when her boyfriend of fourteen years leaves her for a woman he calls Andrea's opposite. Determined to get him back, Andrea changes everything in her life. New clothes, new activities, new friends... she'll be her opposite in no time. But will she change enough to get Alex back? And if she does, will he fit into her new life?
Twenty years ago, fourteen-year-old Valerie rushed off for lunch with her boyfriend instead of properly putting away a packet of balloons, and her little brother choked to death on his third birthday. In response, Valerie locked down every aspect of her life so she could never lose control like that again, and she’s still doing that today.
So when her sister Gloria is found comatose after an apparently random attack, Valerie is desperate to do something, anything, to save her only remaining sibling. But as a financial controller for a “nothing bigger than a size six” fashion designer, she has no medical background and no idea of how to help. But she has to find a way.
Since Gloria has always wanted to be a size zero, Valerie hits on food as the answer: by eating less, she will lose the weight Gloria now can’t and somehow save her sister that way. But when “eating less” turns into a frantic starvation diet to reach size zero before Gloria dies, will Valerie’s self control save her sister or destroy her own life?
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"Good to Myself": One obstacle keeps columnist Lydia Grange from the promotion she craves: beating her two coworkers in a "be 'good to yourself' for four weeks" competition. Piece of (cheese)cake. Lydia, queen of instant gratification, will indulge herself even more, ensure her readers do too, and it'll be the easiest month of her life. Unless... could there be more to self-care than sex and shopping and sugar?
"Pink is a Four-Letter Word": Nothing ever comes easily for Larissa, a makeup artist who both loves and fears pink and all things feminine. After a particularly painful string of disasters, she takes a job teaching English in Kuwait in the hopes that she will be a new and better person there. But can she really leave her psychological baggage behind in Toronto, or is it true that 'wherever you go, there you are'?
"Everybody's Got a Story": Both personally and professionally, Alexa knows all too well the power of words. Two years after her boyfriend viciously assaulted her, she's still trying to label herself as more than simply 'his victim'. She moves to Toronto after his trial for a fresh start, but his actions and especially his words stick with her and make that impossible. Can Alexa reclaim her story and her life?
"Fifty Million Reasons": Angela has typical lottery-player plans: help friends and family, give more to charity, and escape her rut. But when she wins big, she faces angry relatives, her own unexpected greed, and a lawsuit from the person who put her in that rut. Almost nobody treats her normally, and they've got fifty million reasons not to. She can buy anything she wants now, but can she buy the life she needs?
Forrest Williams had finally healed from the car accident
that killed his fiancee, but a new injury now threatens his professional
hockey career. Even allowing for everything he's suffered, the depth of the
emotional and physical pain Tess senses in Forrest at their first meeting
shocks her, and she puts aside her artistic aspirations for two months to help
When Forrest shows Tess's dioramas to his mother, who owns a
top Toronto art gallery, she agrees to sell Tess's work but her rules and
restrictions stifle Tess's creativity. Giving up the career of her dreams is
unthinkable, but losing the freedom and joy she'd always found in her art is
unbearable, and Tess can't seem to find a way to have both at once.