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For criminal lawyer and single mother, Stacie Gustafson, a dependable career, a well-organized life, and an immaculate image, had always been her armor. Without it, she’s left exposed and struggling to create a new existence for her and her daughter. No matter how hard she tries, she is unable to avoid her history.
All it takes is one look at the blue-eyed woman, for Nicolas Flynn to be transported back ten years. Sure, her appearance has changed, but then so has his, since he turned his life around. His devotion to his small-town law firm is tested with the arrival of this bittersweet blast from the past, making for a persistent distraction. One that drags along more trouble than she left behind.
Unfortunately, as much as I loved the book, the cover just doesn’t do much for me. That said it is a good representation of the heroine. It has OK composition as well. I like the title work a lot, but I am not crazy about the way the author’s names are done. The two radically different fonts used is a bit distracting.
This was another simply perfect romance from these two authors. Simple in the way that we don’t have any OW/OM drama or a ton of angst. Just two adults acting like adults. Having conversations. Working on their relationship. Apologizing after fights without all over top drama and angst that is found in SO many romance books nowadays. I’ve said before I am not a huge fan of slow burn books, but these authors have the knack of pulling me into the story and leading me on a meandering journey that keeps me engaged from beginning to end. And again, this one was no different.
So deets. It goes without saying that this one was very well written and paced. The plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages. The mystery aspect of the story was decent. Although, I figured out what the twist was going to be somewhat early on in the book. Like I said above, there was no OW/OM drama. Very little angst or drama (like a smidge if that). The sex scenes were hot. The secondary characters interesting (I hope we get a book featuring Drew soon *hint hint*). I particularly enjoyed Nick’s father and of course little Becca.
Both main characters were extremely likable. I love that these authors make their characters older and I love that they make them REAL. They are not perfect GQ or fashion models. They have flaws and scars and issues just like the majority of us. I ADORED Nick. I loved that he wasn’t perfect. I loved that he didn’t come out of his mother’s womb with a six pack and a bad attitude. He was bald. He wasn’t cut. He was just a regular guy who fell in love with a scarred but completely awesome woman and her daughter. As for Stacie, what wasn’t there to love? She was a strong independent single mom who had something horrible and life changing happen to her but she still fierce and full of life. Lastly, this was all wrapped up in a super sweet tear worthy ending. Not much left to say really. I loved it, and it gets two solid thumbs up from yours truly.