About the Book:Jess O’Brien has overcome a lot — the challenges of attention deficit disorder, the near bankruptcy of her beloved Inn at Eagle Point and her self-perception as a screwup in a family of overachievers. Now she’s ready to share the future with a man. Her friends persuade her to join a dating service — but she gets no takers! Which is fine with her childhood friend, psychologist Will Lincoln, who’s already chosen the perfect man for Jess: himself. Will has loved Jess practically forever. He knows her faults and her strengths. But for all Will’s sincerity and charm, Jess fears he views her as some psychological case study. With her family and the town of Chesapeake Shores behind him, Will finally makes his case. But is it enough to convince Jess to take the risk of a lifetime?
The guy next door, the one who has always been there, but has never been seen in "that" light; the girl who, for a variety of reasons, isn't sure she is lovable--or that she would want to be loved by anyone who would love her; can they make it work? While Jess and Will are the main couple in this book, they share time with two other couples, one of which, like them, consists of folks who have known and cared for each other for a long time, but who have never made the move to coupledom.
This is a sweet story, pretty typical of those Sherryl Woods writes. The characters all have some connection to the O'Brien clan of whom Woods has written in other books, and given the unresolved nature of two of the relationships in this book, I suspect we'll see more of them.
It is mass-market romance, and as such, no one waits until marriage to hop into bed--though Will makes it clear that intimacy is more to him than scratching an itch, that going to bed with him means she won't get rid of him. However, they pretty much leave us outside the door when they head to bed.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available to me via NetGalley. Grade: B