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Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on April 24, 2018
Everything I’ve read by Claudia Connor have been wonderful heartwarming romances spiked with a dose of sexy times. I’ve never read a book by her that I didn’t love, and this was no exception.
If there’s not a book trope for being left at the altar, there should be, because that’s exactly what happened to the heroine of this one, Clare Franklin. She’s all set to marry her fiance when he comes to the church to break things off. It’s upsetting yes, but she’s not in love the way she should be. So because of this, she decides to go on the honeymoon alone. It’s supposed to be a chance to lick her wounds and get away from it all for a week. What it ends up being, is life altering. Meeting Deacon Montgomery was just supposed to be for a drink. A drink leads to dinner and then a friendship quickly develops. However, they decide to not talk about anything from their real lives. He doesn’t even know her last name or where she lives. She knows a bit more than he does, but mostly their real lives are a mystery to each other. Can you see where this might cause problems? I certainly did as soon as they made their pact.
Ms. Connor writes characters that you can relate to and love. Nothing about these two people were a mystery by the time this was over as they were so well realized by the author. Clare is a teacher in Chicago, while Deacon is a veterinarian from Ohio. It might as well be on the other side of the ocean from each other. Long distance relationship? Not really, but I am going to leave it at that. They were both ready for a relationship, but weren’t actively looking and each had a bit of baggage in their past. Who doesn’t? As far as side characters go, Deacon is a single father of three year old twin girls. These little ones will steal your hearts before you know it. Clare has a best friend, Jess, and she was the perfect loyal friend. Clare’s brother Connor is loyal as well. And Jess and Connor are at each others throats all the time. I am really hoping for a book about them. However, there is no indication that this is a series.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this read. I liked the premise and felt that the story was told in a believable and yes, heartwarming way. The conversations were good and the pacing was perfect. The chemistry between the main characters was nearly off the charts. I also liked how the author depicted the children. Children play a role in most of the books I’ve read by her and that was another plus for me. Having said that, I should mention that it’s an adult read due to sexual situations. Recommended! And while I am at it, I also recommend her McKinney Brother series and her McKinney/Walker Brothers first book. So well written with amazing characters!
My thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.