Research scientist Renee Lockwood has returned home to Magnolia Lake after her failed marriage, hoping to restore her family’s farming enterprise and create a better life for her 4-year old son Mercer. She’d hope to have more time before seeing her high school crush, Cole Abbott but no such luck when they connect at the grocery store. He’s not much for commitments and her feelings have only intensified. But, their mutual attraction is hard to ignore, even by their families. But maybe a fling with a bad boy friend might be worth the risk to Renee’s heart.
It’s rare for me to read a series out of order so starting at the last book would normally make me itchy. However, I am such a fan of the author and this story appealed on several fronts. I really liked Renee’s goal of managing a career and parenting a child on the autism spectrum on her own. She has a beautiful spirt and is smart, talented and resourceful. Cole isn’t any slouch either. Yes, he’s been quite popular with the ladies but always honest and up front about there being no strings. He stood up to his family and went his own way, now a successful real estate developer with his own company. The friendship between them was genuine, a great foundation for something more despite them thinking it wouldn’t work.
I enjoyed this story and never felt like I was missing all those back stories about Cole’s other siblings as the focus was on him. With that said, I’m committed to starting from the beginning and reading what came earlier because I also fell for these families. Cole and Renee were great characters and things got pretty steamy along the way. It was lovely how he bonded with Mercer, having his own connection with the child. While this book concludes the series, the epilogue sets up the upcoming spinoff spectacularly! Glad I get to have more of the Abbott family.
- Release Date: December 28, 2021
- Series: The Bourbon Brothers #6
- Page Numbers: 225
- Publisher: Harlequin Desire
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About the Author
Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary romance featuring a diverse cast of complex characters. She presents her characters with family and career drama, challenging love interests and life-changing secrets while treating readers to emotional love stories with unexpected twists. Past president of her local RWA chapter and a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Reese is an advocate of the romance genre and diversity in fiction.
(Thanks to Harlequin for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)