Liz Scott and Tate McGrath have been friends since she was five years old. Even back then she announced she was going to marry him. Now it’s 25 years later and Liz can’t get him to move out of the friend zone. She decides to move on into another relationship with Clint Mahew who seemed like the ideal boyfriend…until he wasn’t. His obsession with her turns ugly and menacing, creating a dangerous situation for Liz. In the meantime, Tate awakens to the loss of his best friend who he now realizes is so much more.
What I thought was going to be a sweet friends to lovers romance ended up being shadowed by a sinister backdrop. Clint was crazy scary and not someone to be handed off or ignored. However, in the midst of all of that, Liz and Tate were able to find their way to each other and create a deeper relationship. It was a balm in the midst of the damage wreaked by Clint.
Apparently, Liz and Tate were first introduced in the last book of the Wild Rose Ranch series where their history together as friends was showcased. I found this out when I went looking because I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something. It’s still an interesting and compelling story but I would have preferred to have experienced the friendship phase. I also opted for the audio version as the narrator, Coleen Marlo, is someone I’ve listened to and enjoyed in the past. She delivered another strong performance, managing to distinguish a host of characters and shifts in the storytelling. I liked the story and do plan to continue the series.
- Release Date: August 18, 2020
- Series: McGrath #1
- Narrator: Coleen Marlo
- Audio Length: 8 hours, 10 minutes
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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(Thanks to HarperAudio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)