Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: Alec Grayson returns home to Falcon, Alabama, to rebuild his life after a knee injury ended his NFL career. As the Falcon high school quarterback coach, Alec’s love for the game is reignited. Meanwhile, he puts his hard-partying past and the betrayal of the people he trusted most behind him, and adopts a hard demeanor. That is, until a spitfire artist with soulful eyes and a body that haunts his dreams gets under his skin and threatens to crack his armor.
Lilliana Hancock is forced to leave her struggling-artist lifestyle in New York and return to Falcon after her father’s unexpected death leaves her a decrepit family mansion. Determined to use her skills to turn the home into a successful bed and breakfast, Lilliana is stopped at every turn by the town contractor, who happens to be Alec, the gorgeous and arrogant jock to whom she lost her virginity in college. Except Alec doesn’t remember, which infuriates her. Too bad she can’t forget the way his body felt against hers or how his heated gaze follows her…
Will they be able to put their pasts behind them for a future together?
Review: I’ve really loved the books of Laura’s that I’ve read so far in this series, but I have to admit to a secret. Each one gets better, and this one is by far my favorite! Sure, each couple has its own unique characteristics and quirks. Each one has tragic secrets and special affinities. But this one is special–really special. And I’m still remembering how sweet their story is!
Lilliana Hancock had to return home to Falcon from New York after her father died and left her the family mansion. Broke and unable to afford to fix it up, she’s eeking out the repairs, one at a time, hoping to turn it into a working B&B. Unfortunately, that puts her into contact with the grumpy town building inspector that she’d rather not be around. Why is Alec Grayson such a jerk to her? It’s not like he remembers their past! Anyway, she’s the one who should be mad about that.
Alec Grayson’s got the world on his shoulders. It’s so hard to reconcile his past with his life now. Used to being a “football” hero in high school, college and in the NFL, it had all come crashing down when he’d injured his knee. He’d lost everything–his fake friends, his partying lifestyle, his fake girlfriend, and his parents when he found out they’d abused his finances. Worse, he’d lost his self-respect when he realized that he’d bought into his own hype. He’d had to completely rebuild his entire life. The one saving grace is that he was asked to help coach the high school football team, which has reawakened his love of the sport. At least he’s got one good thing in his life again.
I really enjoy returning to Falcon. It’s a great small, southern town and by now I’m used to it. If you haven’t read any of the other books, don’t worry. With my faulty memory, I have trouble remembering a lot of the details too…I just remember the feeling these books give me, and I’m easily able to pick up. The characters are funny and smart and the atmosphere that’s created is so down home and sweet, you’ll feel like you’re drinking sweet tea and sitting on the front porch talking with these people instead of reading about them in this book. Perfect read for the season!