No one understands family loyalty like Jack McShane. He’d do anything to honor his foster father’s last wishes, even if it means putting his own plans on hold to manage Joe’s construction business.
An ex–Special Forces operative, Jack thrives on the thrill of globe-hopping rescues. But now he’s needed closer to home. His foster mother has her hands full with a troubled teen, and when Jack meets the hired tutor, he discovers a woman who stirs his protective instincts—and his deepest desires.
Caitlyn Curtis knows that good looks can hide a hot temper. After an abusive marriage crushed her dreams of a happy ending, she swore off men—until one intoxicating dance in Jack’s strong arms breaks down every emotional barrier.
Tough but tender, he leaves Caitlyn yearning for more of his gentle seduction. Despite the violence he’s seen, Jack is a good man.
And even though passion can be dangerous, the promise of Jack’s kiss tempts her to believe that love is a risk worth taking.
Poignant and touching love story, more than I expected, more than just a romance, it is a tribute to all the foster parents out there, as well to the family of heart, that we choose for ourselves, and the parental love, that doesn't require a bloodline, to be real, deep, and overwhelming.
Yes, there's a beautiful romance, between Caitlyn and Jack. I loved following how they got to know each other, the dates they went on, dancing, walks on the beach, making out while watching a movie, it is all wistful and yet ardent at the same time.
But the connection between Jack and Ricky, the troubled teenager, is in front and center, as well. The very fragile, delicate contact they have, how Jack does everything he can, to protect and defend him, to take care of him. How Ricky slowly learns to trust not only Jack, but his family, and their intentions to keep him, provide a home for him, and love him for the rest of his life, just had me in tears. It is beautiful, admirable, and awe-inspiring. The troubles and triumphs they go through, to find that trust in each other, how they built upon that frail bond between them, I loved every minute, every word of it.
This story really touched my heart, it provides the most beautiful side of humanity, the caring, loving, and protecting no matter what, in the face the of the ugliest scenes, and with the background of the most hurtful past. I can't wait for the stories of Jack's brothers, because this story is absolutely pearl
~ Five Spoons
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