About the Book:
Now that she’s committed to leaving Hope Springs, she’s falling for the wrong man…but he just might give her all the right reasons to stay.
Two years after her husband’s death, kindergarten teacher Brooklyn Harvey is leaving Hope Springs for her in-laws’ vineyard in Italy—with no plans of coming back. That is, until she meets a disarmingly sexy biker-turned-chocolatier. He might be the man of her dreams, but he’s also the father of one of her students; as such, he’s strictly off-limits.
Callum Drake knows a good thing when he sees one, and he doesn’t want to let Brooklyn get away, even if his rival for her affection is the ghost of her dead husband. He’ll do whatever it takes to win her over, including making chocolates concocted just for her—chocolates that evoke memories of their time together. But can he create a second love bright enough to pull her, and her heart, out of living in the past?
Since I loved the other books in his series, I was eager to read this one. While I enjoyed it, the other books were better (but the chocolates described herein seemed divine!). Brooklyn is a kindergarten teacher, a lover of medieval romance novels and a good friend to people in this small town. Because of the danger involved in his job, Brooklyn and her husband chose not to have children. After he dies, she is alone. She decides to join his family in Italy and is in the process of closing out her life in Hope Springs, and then she meets him--the bad boy biker who is the loving father of one of her students. Sparks fly, chocolate is made, a cute kid almost steals the show and in the end...
While it takes them a while to end up in bed, eventually they find their way there, and readers get to watch.
I liked the fact that this book really showed the art of courtship. He wanted her right away, and in a lot of ways, she wanted him too, but she wasn't ready, and he knew it. He was there, he kept letting her know how much she meant, and in the end...
I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy via NetGalley. Grade: B.