Author: Tina Wainscott
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: There’s no one Pax Sullivan wants to run into less than Gemma Thornton. Back in high school, she revved his heart more than street racing. But she picked his clean-cut brother over him—only to accuse Blake of an unforgivable crime. Eventually the charges were dropped and Gemma left town, but the hard feelings lingered . . . along with Pax’s gnawing “what-ifs.” Seven years later, just as he quits the police force to open a racetrack, Gemma’s back—and their chemistry is more combustible than ever.
If it were up to her, Gemma would never lay eyes on another Sullivan. She hates them, and they hate her—even Pax, who just so happens to be fixing up her father’s B&B. But the more time she spends with the lean, hard-bodied ex-cop at the inn and on the track, the more Gemma sees that Pax is nothing like his brother. Despite their anguished history, she’s tempted to take their relationship into high gear . . . if she can face the past and risk her heart.
Review: When I started this book, the beginning was tough for me. Gemma’s past haunted her and revisiting the town where it had happened took a piece out of her. But she was doing it for her dad because he was in the hospital and desperately needed someone to help him run the B&B. Running into Pax when she had a flat outside of town didn’t help. He was all the bad memories swirled around–and the main reason she regretted everything that had happened. Ugh!
Pax Sullivan really wishes he hadn’t seen Gemma Thornton’s entrance back into town. He nearly didn’t help her with her flat tire because of all the damage she’d done to his family seven years earlier. She’s still gorgeous, though… Probably part of his anger towards her is hidden resentment that she didn’t stick with him instead of dating his brother.
There’s a lot of character growth and development for both of the main characters that revolves around family, self-acceptance, and strength of character. Alternating between flashbacks to the past and segments from the present, you learn that Gemma had been attacked and raped by Pax’s brother, Blake, when she was seventeen. Blake’s dad had been the Chief of Police, and the entire town had turned against her when she’d had him charged with rape. It even made her question herself. She’d moved away, vowing never to return…until now.
Can they work this out? Will Gemma have a chance to redeem herself in the eyes of the town? And will Pax ever believe that she really only ever wanted him?
Seems pretty impossible, right? Read how this author made a believer out of me!