A FRESH START
Widow Kate Sullivan moved to Cupid's Bow, Texas, to get her teenage son on the right path. But their new life in the small town gets off to a rocky start when her son is caught shoplifting by the sheriff. Kate is immediately attracted to Cole Trent, but she's not ready to fall in love again, and certainly not with another cop.
Cole should have known Cupid's matchmakers would scramble to fix him up with a smart, beautiful woman like Kate. The single dad has managed to evade their efforts until now, so he and Kate come up with a plan to keep the matchmakers at bay. Pretending to be a couple was a good idea, until Cole realizes his feelings are anything but pretend. Can he convince Kate to give their romance a real chance?
There's been a lot of kids in the romance novels lately, and yes, I like that, seeing a big alpha man getting all soft and cuddly with a little kid is kinda hot. But this is the first time I have seen, that part of the story is told from the kid's point of view. Luke, Kate's son, gives a different, refreshing angle to the story.
Cause he is in trouble. His police officer dad died two years ago, and ever since, he has been trying to act tough, getting tired of people feeling sorry for him, pitying him. So his mom, Kate, moved them out of the city, into a small town in Texas. And before they barely arrive in town, he is in trouble again, right in front of the town sheriff.
I enjoyed the story, Cole's twin daughters are cute and entertaining. Luke means well, but keeps making bad choices. But he truly does care, and the steps he takes in maturing during the story are heartfelt.
Kate has her own demons to battle, with a fear of losing someone she loves, again in a violent matter, if she dared to date another police officer.
The meddling of the small town folks, the kids birthday party, the watermelon festival all give this tale more spice, and some humorous moments. Cole and Kate have chemistry, the 'fake' relationship doesn't hold much of a candle, when both of them are so obviously attracted to each other.
A sweet and lovely feel-good story, a joy to read
~ Four Spoons and 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