Shannon Stacey does it again!! The Kowalski series has to be one of my favorites and I always wish she could give us one every month as I don’t think I will ever get tired of the heart, heat and humor that each book contains.
In this installment we get to see Ryan get his HEA in the form of the woman who got away. I mean sure they never dated… sure she married his best friend while he watched from the shadows… sure they got divorced and he had some major cajones when he was younger but… they never actually dated. They definitely felt a connection and there was something there but they never acted on it. He’s been married and now runs his construction business out of town but when he comes back in town to work on the family lodge he finally decides to make his move on Lauren. He’s such a sweetheart and a serious man so watching him lighten up and relax around her was fun. He’s also really great around her son and treats the teenager as if he was his son which I adored. He doesn’t know how to make it work with her but he knows he wants her in his life permanently he just needs her to admit it.
Lauren is raising her son on her own with very little help from her ex Dean. He got caught cheating on her in their marital bed when her son was old enough to see (maybe not completely understand) what was going on. She’s made the best of it but you sense she wants to have a true partner in her life even if she won’t acknowledge it. She’s always had an attraction to Ryan but never acted on it as she was faithful to Dean even if he didn’t deserve it. When she lets Ryan in it is with the understanding this is just an until the lodge gets done sort of thing since she can’t see it working with him living elsewhere and her not willing to uproot her son. There is a ton of heat when these two act on their attraction but the heart behind it will make you smile at the same time you will want to scream when something he does makes her react without thinking.
I’m so happy with this series and all I can say is “KEEP THEM COMING!!!” (hint hint to Angela James and Carina Press… more more more)
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to purchase this (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) then please see the Carina link in my sidebar to do so.