You never forget your wedding day. Or the moment your twin sister pukes on your bouquet and confesses she’s pregnant . . . with your fiance’s baby.
I wanted to get away, to hide until my heart mended. I found myself in a strange town with a mysterious stranger whose talented mouth and hands almost made me forget it was supposed to be my wedding night.
Afraid to go home to face my broken life, I pretend to be my twin so I can take her job in Jackson Harbor caring for a six-year-old girl. Imagine my surprise when I find out my new boss is my mysterious stranger—Dr. Ethan Jackson.
I never meant for Ethan to discover my secrets. I never meant for them to matter. But the longer I work with him and his sweet daughter, the harder I fall, and the clearer it becomes that I’m not the only one carrying a secret that could tear us apart.
I was really craving some good, steamy, sexy romance when I picked up this book. The cover actually fits the book well, and the introduction to what the book about is catchy. I think most people who enjoy an easy read will enjoy this book.
The main character Nicole (who goes by Nic in most of the book) is likable. Her circumstances are a little far-fetched and some of her history is trope-induced (unloved foster child twin) but that wasn’t a real problem. I wish she had almost had a more normal upbringing… only because I find “rough childhood” tropes to be overused. Thankfully, the rest of the story isn’t as dramatic as her history – oh, aside from that asshole fiance of hers.
Angry-broody-widow-doctor was a bit overdone sometimes. Even I, as a reader, couldn’t really figure out what his problem was with Nic half the time. I understand building up the sexual tension, but the man was beyond dysfunctional with his issues, and it made him not all that enjoyable. I preferred more of the side characters to Ethan. Teagan and his brothers, his mother, and his daughter were all well-written and I enjoyed scenes with them a lot.
What I enjoyed most about this book was I did not feel the need to bypass half of the story to get to the steamy-sexy-bits. Lexi Ryan is really great at building relationships in her books. You could feel the familiar, loving, nature of the brothers and sister when they got together. Their banter was truthful. I also enjoyed Kathleen, the mother’s, character a lot. And the little girl… was super adorable.
I’d give this book at 3/5 stars – the 3, because Ethan’s Mr. Grumpy-pants, routine was annoying. The sex scenes were fun to read. Some of the descriptions made me uncomfortable (like Nic’s cheeks burning so hot they could fry bacon… just, no. Let’s not use food in our cheek descriptions, please). But in general, it was a fun, easy read with good characters. I did not particularly care for the ending of the book, though I could understand what the author was trying to do with it. That, and the bacon, really made me give the 3 stars.
My professional background in biotechnology as a research chemist and as a veterinary technician has allowed me to have experienced two vastly different fields and for that I am thankful. In both careers, I have mentored, encouraged, and developed talent.
As a mother of two (a daughter and a son), I'm a self-proclaimed backyard chicken guru and someone who has “foster failed” nearly all the animals currently running the household. Oh, and I maintain a husband in my spare time.