About the Book:
Girl's gone bad…for the town's new golden boy
Maybe opposites don't always attract. If they did, architect Olivia Sullivan would have run away with bad boy Rafe Russo when they were teenagers. Instead, Olivia has spent ten years dreaming up designs for a life that hasn't gone the way she planned. Still reeling from her career's implosion and her father's death, Olivia thanks her lucky stars for the support of her three lifelong friends. But this good girl is through sitting on the sidelines. When Rafe returns to the beautiful Oregon coast where they grew up, her former flame ignites a new desire. Now Olivia must take a walk on the wild side to show the new deputy that in matters of love…being bad can feel very good.
Freshly back from Afghanistan, rugged ex-Marine and new deputy Rafe is done breaking laws and hearts. He's always regretted leaving Olivia behind, but now she's after adventure and he'd better proceed with caution. Because wanting her again might be easy, but fighting for a future together will be his biggest risk yet.
I stayed up late last night reading this through in one evening/night, so it definitely kept me engaged. However, in the end, it fell flat. I liked both Olivia and Rafe. Olivia has always tried to make everyone happy, especially her emotionally distant father. Of course that hasn't made her happy, but rather has given her anxiety attacks. Rafe grew up on the wrong side of town but fell in love with the mayor's daughter. Then suddenly one day he was gone, and she never heard from him again. Now they are both back in town. Now they both finally know what separated them. Guess what it was? Not that I read romance novels for original plot lines but...
The book includes a bit of mystery. Olivia's father has always been relatively well-off. Now, it seems his money has all disappeared. One night the power is cut to the house and mysterious noises are heard. Something strange is found. What does it all mean? It's like there was this build-up and then Pfftt...it just deflates--that's the answer to the mystery?
There are a couple of steamy scenes though they are as flowery as descriptive.
If you are a fan of the other Summer Island Books: The Accidental Bride, A Home by the Sea and The Knitting Diaries (links are to my reviews) you'll enjoy catching up with old friends. Otherwise, I'd pass on this one. Grade C+
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.