Author : Ann Everett
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Source : ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
Sometimes, all it takes…
Raynebeaux Starr's life is damn near perfect. She has wonderful friends. An interesting career. A man when she wants and none when she doesn't, thank you very much. But when tragedy strikes and she’s named guardian to her six year old niece, her world is turned upside down. She finds herself alone in a new town with a small child, no parenting skills and desperate for guidance. Until she meets Father Jared Sloan. The sexiest minister she's ever seen. He is kind, patient and a literal God-send. If only she could stop having unholy thoughts about him!
…is one little lie,
Jared Sloan's love life is a disaster. He has one girlfriend he can't shake, and an ex-fiancée on his doorstep wanting him back. As if things weren't complicated enough, he encounters what must be a fallen angel in a church parking lot. Little does he know when he offers her counseling that she would be unlike anyone he's ever experienced. He wants to be the kind of man she can trust. He also wants to taste her so bad it hurts.
…to lead you to the truth.
Can Jared convince Raynie there is such a thing as happily-ever-after? Or will his deceit only confirm her belief that fairy tale endings don't exist in the real world. Especially not in Lubbock, Texas.
My Musings :
I have already read one of the author's books earlier. So I wasn't totally new to her. But I do like to keep an open mind when going in for a new read though I was expecting a good read from her.
I liked the beginning of the book with the concept of introducing the hero and heroine first individually and then getting them to meet. What I had difficulty handling was the way they were portrayed at the start. I liked that Raynie was a free spirited person but the way she had a non one way relationship had me not liking her at first. Then her growth to a more balanced and family oriented person had me falling in love with her. I loved her interaction with Silbie. That was a precious read! Another part which I liked was Raynie confiding in Jared about her troubles. The depth of their romance and relationship is seen in those parts.
Jared was a difficult hero for me to like from the start. The way he behaved with Beth and Julie didn't endear him to me. Yeah, he had his reasons but I felt he was overly harsh. Though he got me to atleast like him a bit, I wasn't totally his fan at the end. I loved meeting Mr.Remmus. Every story should have his kind of character, wise and supportive. His secret was another twist to the already twisty secret about Celeste. The author did a good job of keeping it a bit mysterious and making it go with the flow of the story.
This was a wonderful story of 2 persons working through their demons and coming together in a beautiful way. The author kept the story interesting and the book was not attention detracting at any point. The ending added the perfect touch to the protagonists' story.
My rating : 4.5/5