About the Book:
Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she's proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she's created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement.
In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace's fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other.
But things get complicated when Grace's past catches up with her, and she knows that's not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He's determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.
While this book can be read by itself and still make sense, it is obviously part of a series and is getting more soap-operaish with multiple characters and threads that carry from book to book. The main plot of this book was the romance between Grace and Troy. I liked them and liked watching them become parts of each others lives. As a general market romance, there was intimate activity and it happened before marriage but it was obvious these two cared for each other and were not just fooling around.
The character in this series who is really growing on me is Ray Anne. She is the local real estate agent and she is a flashy dresser who has less than a stellar reputation. However, in the last book she got into a relationship with a man who accepted three teens as foster children, and she has become a part of those kids' lives. In this book she takes in a cousin's daughter who is severely depressed following the death of her infant and the collapse of her marriage. We learn that there is a lot more to Ray Anne than meets the eye and I for one am really rooting for her, and admiring her. I've found that many of Robyn Carr's characters are pretty stock (Troy is a nice guy but there is little unique about him) but sometimes she manages to write one who has some depth and Ray Ann is, in my opinion, the deep character in this series and I can hardly wait for the next book to see what life brings her next.
I'd like to thank the publishers for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B+