A tough cop with an even tougher past, Hunter Sloan has never let anyone stop him from getting what he wants—and he wants Evangeline Ambrose bad. With her gentle curves and raw vulnerability, Hunter’s beautiful, mysterious new neighbor awakens his protective side. Determined to do right by a woman who’s gone through hell and back, Hunter could be the one to take away the pain—so long as his own secrets don’t sink their relationship before it begins.
Having escaped an abusive marriage, Evangeline simply wants to start over in the small, quiet town of Forrestville. She’s also avoiding all contact with the opposite sex, because she just can’t trust her instincts when it comes to men—not even with the sinfully sexy cop next door. So why can’t she stop thinking about him? Hunter has darkness in his soul, and yet no one ever made her feel so safe. For all her best laid plans, Evangeline didn’t count on choices this hard—or temptation this hot.
A sweet, loving story, with deep issues, and a second chance in love, that made me swoon.
I admire how the difficult and delicate matter of spousal abuse was dealt with in this story. It is raw, real, yet handled with respect and dignity towards the survivors. It is taken seriously, but not made the main focus of the tale.
Hunter, it is impossible not to fall in love with this courageous, brave, loyal, protective, sexy, sweet, animal loving man, who would do anything and everything for the woman he loves. He takes all the points home, all the way, every time. I think him and Evangeline are just perfect together. She is a true survivor, her bravery, maturity, and spunk left me in awe. She fights back her demons, is willing to face her future, and to make the most of it, not afraid of her past, the shadows of it still lurking around.
They are hot, fun, and loving together, I like how there's no unnecessary, excess drama or angst. They have their problems to deal with, but they do just that, they talk, they find solutions, and they move on.
I am not a fan of the first person point of view, in this tale, it is used by both the hero and heroine, and towards the end, I didn't even pay that much attention to it anymore.
A beautiful love story, heroic at times, of finding your way again in life, starting anew, learning to trust, and love, and make the most of life, as it is happening to you.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me