Author: Annie Rains
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb: In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.
As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.
Review: What a great story! I’ll have to admit I got a little teary several times while reading this book, but I defy anyone not to! For the most part, though, the sad things were memories and the story was really a happy one, of regrowth and rebirth of emotion and desire.
Katherine had lost her fiance two years ago, but she can’t take off her engagement ring. Everyone in the small town of Seaside, North Carolina knew her tragic story, so she really hadn’t thought about how it appeared, honestly, until now. When she’s faced with the hot new groundskeeper for the school.
When Micah meets the principal of the new elementary school his 8-year-old son Ben is going to be attending, his first thought is she looks less like a teacher and more like a model. Their fun banter plays back and forth and they both realize that more than attraction, there’s chemistry sizzling between then.
But she is his son’s principal, and he sort of works for her, so it’s going to look bad to all the parents. Especially since there’d been so much trouble at the school the year before and some of the staff thought she was too young. She really needed to mind her p’s and q’s.
And Micah really needed to keep his priorities on his son. His ex-wife’s selfish decision to re-enlist meant he would be all alone again taking care of his disabled son Ben–not that he minded–it was just hard. There was so much responsibility, which was why he’d decided not to re-enlist. Someone needed to be there for Ben. This wasn’t the time to be getting into a relationship.
Of course, that makes it all the more tempting, and as they tumble into love while denying it all along, who’s going to get hurt in the long run?
Both of them and Ben. Why do they think paying at casual is going to quirk?
Great story with a lot of heat and some great emotional development between the characters. Love the son! Read it.