Author: Alexis Morgan
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: No one understands family loyalty like Jack McShane. He’d do anything to honor his foster father’s last wishes, even if it means putting his own plans on hold to manage Joe’s construction business. An ex–Special Forces operative, Jack thrives on the thrill of globe-hopping rescues. But now he’s needed closer to home. His foster mother has her hands full with a troubled teen, and when Jack meets the hired tutor, he discovers a woman who stirs his protective instincts—and his deepest desires.
Caitlyn Curtis knows that good looks can hide a hot temper. After an abusive marriage crushed her dreams of a happy ending, she swore off men—until one intoxicating dance in Jack’s strong arms breaks down every emotional barrier. Tough but tender, he leaves Caitlyn yearning for more of his gentle seduction. Despite the violence he’s seen, Jack is a good man. And even though passion can be dangerous, the promise of Jack’s kiss tempts her to believe that love is a risk worth taking.
Review: Sweetly evocative, this story shares glimpses of the character’s pasts as they meet and fall in love while building a bond while caring for a boy on the run. It was at times intense and then soft and mellow as the characters faced triggers from their past and worked it out in their present, aligning themselves even closer than they ever would have planned.
Caitlyn has had five years of healing after leaving her abusive husband and her past behind her. No longer does she fear the knock on the door or the unkind, wounding words. But she really hasn’t placed herself out there again either. When her mother continues to push her to meet someone, she still doesn’t feel like she’s ready. Maybe she just hasn’t met the right man?
Jack McShane knows about heartache and being alone. Abandoned early on by his mother and threatened by his father, uncle, and grandfather, he was happy to have found foster parents who cared and were willing to fight to keep him. He loved being a family with Marlene and Joe and getting to have two foster brothers. Ever since Joe’s death, all three men had known one of them needed to come home and take care of Joe’s construction business. Injured during a night jump, Jack’s knee couldn’t stand the rigors a military life would entail so he’d gotten out. Both of his brothers were still active service, so it made sense for him to do it.
But he hadn’t really counted on picking up a 14-year-old boy to foster and meeting the woman of his dreams.
Can these two work past the pain of their past and build a future that would include a son?
Great smooth writing flows eloquently with a story that is hot and sweet with characters you’ll grow to care about. I can’t wait for the next! Thanks!