About the Book:
Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common…
And it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie—and Lucy's best friend—who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jessie's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll steer clear of her. She's always been trouble with a capital T.
Lucy couldn't wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she's back in Hope's Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she'd managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering…
Both spent their teen years in a small town. He was a few years older and had just returned to the small town where he wanted to settle down, get married and have kids. She had just graduated from college and wanted to explore the world. They were attracted, he said he'd call, but he never did. Instead, he met and wed her best friend. Because of that,things have always been tense between them. Now her friend is dead and she's home to lick her wounds after being fired. Circumstances bring them together and sparks fly (and of course those sparks are encouraged by family and friends).
I always enjoy these visits to Hope's Crossing though it is getting a little hard to keep track of all the townspeople. Nevertheless, the story stands on its own if you can overlook a bunch of useless characters.
I liked the contrast between Lucy's father, a rich lawyer who all but abandoned her and who is having problems with her teen stepsister and Brendan, who is determined to do right by his kids. There is nothing sexier in my opinion than a good father.
If such things are important to you, there are no intimate scenes.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B+