The wetsuit was unzipped, dripping wet, and hanging from his lean hips—leaving nothing but tanned skin, a set of abs that were drool worthy, and a chest that begged to be petted.
There’s nothing that single mom Liv Preston won’t do if it means making her six-year-old son smile again. After a heartbreaking two years, her little family is due for some fun in the sun. She just didn’t expect to find it in the big, rugged, Search and Rescue hero next door—who shows her just how exciting, and sexy, life’s adventures can be.
As head of Reno’s K-9 search division, Ford Jamison knows what it takes to make life-and-death decisions on the fly. He doesn’t hesitate, doesn’t do regrets, and has never doubted his instincts—until he makes a promise that turns his world upside down. Desperate for redemption, he returns to Sequoia Lake, only to find himself face-to-face with his past…and the one woman he can’t have. Not when his secret would destroy her—and everything she holds dear.
For Liv, finding love once was a gift. Finding it twice seems impossible, until the moment Ford’s lips meet hers. Love doesn’t always come easy, but when it’s right, it’s worth fighting for…
This was the second book I have read by Marina Adair, the first being It Started with a Kiss. I love the way Marina writes small town contemporary romance. It is so light and fun, yet the characters all have some sort of heartbreaking past that they are struggling to overcome.
Olivia Preston. Liv is trying to find herself again after losing her husband in a car accident two years ago, and trying to be supermom to her adorable six year old son, Paxton. Paxton was with his father when his father crashed and is struggling to cope in a world where his father is no longer there. Liv is doing anything and everything to get her son to open up to the world again and be a normal kid, but some things just take time. Liv was strong, stubborn, and independent, to a fault sometimes. She had a hard time accepting help from those around her because she had also closed herself off from the world, except for a couple friends who share a special bond with her. A promotion comes into the picture though and Liv is fighting tooth and nail to make sure she gets it in order to provide a more stable life for her son. However, to get the promotion Liv must start building strong community ties, and Liv realizes she has been unconsciously telling her son that it is okay to close himself off from others.
Ford Jamison. Ford comes to Sequoia Lake in order to heal some deep wounds that won’t heal until he deals with his past. He finds himself in this quirky town where everyone knows everyone, and they are all trying to sneak a peek at who the newcomer is. Ford has some hilarious encounters with the senior citizens and the dogs of the community, which are calling him Officer Doolittle by the end of day two. Ford is intense, sexy and he can’t help but turn his charm on Liv. He carries so much weight and guilt on his shoulders that he has a hard time letting go of, and he knows Liv has her own sadness she is dealing with. Ford is an all-in kind of guy so he wants to make sure Liv is ready for whatever the next step might be between them.
The relationship. Liv and Ford had a spark from the first moment they met! They were both fighting their feelings for each other so they were friends first. The sexual tension between these two was perfect and I loved waiting to see when they would each finally give in. There was a black cloud hanging over their relationship though because Ford was keeping something from Liv (in his defense he thinks he is protecting her). I felt that their relationship was so natural and easy. I loved them together!
Paxton and Bullseye. I absolutely adored these two characters. Paxton was just finding a new way to cope with the hand that life had dealt him. Ford was SO great with him and I teared up every time they had a sweet moment. Ford knew exactly how to talk to Paxton to get him to come out of his shell a little bit. Bullseye was Ford’s K-9 partner and he was also quite the charmer. Bullseye and Paxton had such a special connection, which was beautiful to see. Bullseye was just easier for Paxton to talk to without feeling like he was being judged, and I want to say Bullseye knew that.
Side characters. I met Avery and Ty in the first book so it was fun to catch up with them and what they were doing. Avery (as well as Grace) were such great friends to Liv and knew when she needed a little push. The three of them have had a special bond ever since they were all undergoing a traumatic time on their life together. I am still waiting for Grace’s story because hers might be the most heartbreaking yet. Harris was probably my favorite side character. He was hilarious and such a sweet dad to his little girl. Harris looked out for Liv, but he was also really good friends with Ford and was not afraid to give him shit.
I thought the story was well written and there was a great pace to the story. I would recommend this book to those who like: small towns, men in uniform, adorable dogs, single moms, a drool worthy hero, and a independent heroine.
Overall Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★