Former Navy SEAL turned marine rescue firefighter Brad Silverman is tasked with his toughest mission yet: taking care of his best friend’s wife. The only problem is that Scarlett Harrison has always been the one-the one who got away, the one who held his heart, and the one who has always been off limits…
Now widowed Scarlett returns to her childhood home in St. Louis, determined to get her life back on track. She misses her husband but can’t fight the attraction she feels for sexy fireman Brad. As she spends more time with him, the connection they have had since high school grows stronger. Are they finally ready to overcome their pasts and lose their hearts to each other? (Goodreads)
This book is a second chance story, one that deals with grieving, survivor’s guilt, friendship and taking chances. All of these things were interwoven expertly to make a great read.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. You could not help but feel sorry for Scarlett and feel her devastation at losing her husband Todd. She is widowed with a young daughter and has no idea what to do with her life now. She wants to put her life back together and move on but she is not quite sure how to do that. You cannot help but want her to get her happily-ever-after. When she returns to her hometown in St. Louis, she is about as far away as she can get to that happily-ever-after. But after renewing her friendship with Brad (Todd, Brad and Scarlett were friends in high school), spending time with him and getting to know him again, she realizes that she may be alright after all.
Brad has promised Todd to take of Scarlett and her daughter if anything should happen to him. Hoping it will never happen, Brad agrees to Todd’s request. He has always had a soft spot in his heart for Scarlett, ever since he kissed her and then Todd started dating her. He will do anything in his power to honor that promise and he is just hoping against hope that Scarlett may develop feelings for him.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick read. The author is very talented in creating intense emotions with just the written word. While reading the book I smiled, I laughed and I had tears in my eyes. The author took me on an emotional roller coaster and I do not think that is an easy thing for a writer to do.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written women’s contemporary romance. If you enjoy an emotional read with a lot of steaminess, then this book is for you.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.