Released: October 1, 2013
Reviewed by Sarah
Grace King is a 24 year old living in the small Florida town of Mirabelle. Growing up in Mirabelle hasn’t been the easiest of feats. She’s often been ridiculed as a bastard since her mom ended up pregnant with her and there were only rumblings that her father was a married man who came into town. To further her misfortune, she also lost her mother when she was just ten years old. Gracie has since been raised and protected by her grandparents and her brother, Brendan. She works at her grandma’s café where she can express herself through food and in particular by feed the hunky deputy Jaxson
Jax, much like Grace, has had it rough. He is the son to two abusive parents. His father is an alcoholic who verbally abusive Jax any chance he gets and has his whole life; on the other hand, his mother just drinks and does nothing to protect her only child. Because of this situation it was up to a tight group of friends to become his family. His best friend Brendan and the whole family took him in as one of their own. His other friends Shep and Bennett followed suit.
I love that right from the beginning this story has a very familiar feel to it without being totally cliché. As someone who grew up in a small town, it was easy to relate to everyone knowing everyone else’s business. This story could take place anywhere and it still would be relevant. All of the characters have multiple layers and give the impression they could be your friend.
This book is interesting because everything starts out at odds then gets happy. But as you might suspect there’s strife externally causing issues, what is noteworthy is that it’s the internal issues of these two people who are somewhat broken that causes the biggest problem. The question throughout really is can Jaxson overcome his past and find happiness?
If you’re look for a steamy in the bedroom read, this isn’t it…but that’s not to say it isn’t sweltering. This is a good romance where Grace and Jaxson have palpable and blistering chemistry from the get-go. The story will undo you emotionally before you get your happy ending.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.