Nobody is going to hurt her—not on his watch
A DEA stealth mission has brought coast guard Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home. But when he ends up aiding rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn during her own harrowing mission, powerful emotions reignite between them. Except Aubrey doesn't want Eli's protection. She wants answers.
Twelve years ago, Eli broke up with Aubrey without telling her the real reason he was leaving Pacific Cove. How can he try for a second chance if he's forced to deceive her again? Amid suspected drug trafficking and a sabotaged Christmas contest, Eli must find a way to regain Aubrey's trust without compromising his career or endangering the woman he loves.
A charming and tender tale about friends, second chances, with a dash of suspense and intrigue mixed in.
Aubrey and Eli's reunion set them both back immediately by twelve years, the last time they were together. It was like no time had gone by, the feelings, the old habits, the intense protectiveness Eli had towards her was immediately there. And that, with their break-up history, is what was tainting their reconciliation.
But of course, there's more to the past events that either of them was aware of.
I liked the connection between Eli and Aubrey, they are both strong and independent characters, yet fiercely protective of each other. The way they worked on the issues and sought for answers to understand the past gave them a new chance at a future together, if they didn't mess it up. They did go a little back and forth, but not to the point of being irritating.
The mystery gave the story more spice and conflicts between the characters. It wasn't up in the front of the story, and most of the action in the book was from the rescue missions Aubrey and Eli worked with. But it had its place in the plot.
The slower pace of the tale gave the characters time to ponder and grow, learn from their mistakes and take action to make things better. It also gave my mind the chance to wonder, at times losing the focus from the story.
Delightful Christmas activities, dangerous rescue moments, old relationships looked in a new way as the people of Pacific Cove get through the rocky Christmas season
~ Three 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