My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Love didn’t hurt you. Someone who doesn’t know how to love hurt you, and you confused the two…”
OMG! The prologue was hard to read. The story begins with the interaction between Summer and her grade A asshole of a husband Ryan. Summer is a sweet, beautiful woman but Ryan has ripped away all of her confidence by verbal and physical abuse. When Summer finally escapes her abusive husband, she moves to the quaint coastal town of Cape Isle. Summer owns and works in a bakery. She is content to sit back and lives in the shadows. She has made up her mind to never get into a relationship again. Everything was going according to plan until Grant waltzed into the bakery looking for some goodies… by goodies I mean cupcakes … get your mind out of the gutter 🙂 🙂
Grant is a rugged HOT Marine, recently discharged from the military after serving for ten years. Grant has never thought of settling down. When by chance Grant gets a job doing the renovations on Summer’s house, they begin to spend more time together and slowly the attraction grows between the two. Will Grant be the one to help Summer pick up her scattered pieces or will it all fall apart when Summer’s past comes back to haunt her?
“I just needed someone to help me pick up my scattered pieces”
The author did an awesome job with the characters. Summer is a little shy, sweet, beautiful – it was cute that she was super flustered in front of Grant. Well, who wouldn’t be, right? Grant is super sexy, strong and protective. I appreciate the slow building of their friendship into lovers – I think it is fitting since she just got out of a long term abusive relationship. The chemistry is definitely not lacking though. You can feel the attraction and how drawn they are together. The secondary character Lexie is very likable as well. She is funny, loyal, and a great friend. I thought the book had a nice pace from beginning to end. There are some funny banters, plenty of sexy moments, a little angst, and of course a hefty dose of drama. And I love the epilogue (sucker for HEA). Overall, I really enjoy this book – despite the rough beginning, it’s a feel good, love conquers all kind of book.
This is the first book I read of author Allie Able (another new awesome new find) and I would definitely read more of her books in the future.