The story opens with Leo Fischer recuperating from a life threatening injury where he lost part of his memory surrounding his career. He is kind of lost, in some pain and just trying to decide what to do with his life now that he doesn’t seem to have a future with the job that was his entire world at one point, or so his boss keeps telling him. Hanging out at his bosses beach house, he spends every morning watching a woman teach a yoga class. He is both attracted to her, but also curious if yoga can help him with some of the pain he still experiences. When he approaches her, she shuts him down thinking he just wants a booty call.
Jasmine Stanford is a driven yoga instructor who hasn’t really learned to delegate. Running from her own past of scandal, parent issues and being penniless, she can’t let a man come into her life, especially one who will eventually go back to his own life in the fast pace world she wants nothing to do with. But when she reflects on how she treated Leo on the beach, she comes back to apologize and a friendship to lovers forms.
Both characters have a lot to overcome in the course of falling in love. Jasmine has to learn to let go and relax, but a past has shaped her into someone who has blocked off everyone. An incident at her yoga studio opens her eyes to just how relying on someone doesn’t always translate into hardship and pain. Over the course of the story, little by little Leo starts to remember his past, including events from the day of the shooting. Feeling pressure to return to work, Leo has to make a decision that could change his entire future.
Bending over backwards describes exactly what each of these characters needs to do to move forward in their lives. They discover a lot about themselves and each other through the entire story that allowed us to see the characters grow.
This was a delightful short story that left the mirrors steamy, and my heart engaged in a true to life love story that could happen to anyone.
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