“We’re not friends. We’re not going to be friends.”
No, they’ll be so much more…
Escaping from a cheating fiancé in a “borrowed” car, Sienna Pierce can’t think of anywhere to go but Crimson, the hometown she swore she’d never go back to.
And Crimson sheriff Cole Bennett has a lot at stake in keeping the town on an even keel.
On the surface, they have nothing in common. Unfortunately, there is nothing superficial about their feelings for each other!
A beautiful, emotional, heartening story about family, expectations and finding your own place in life, but mostly, about falling in love in a small town setting.
I enjoyed this story immensely. There was something very special and authentic about the characters and their destinies. I loved that the secondary characters were so well built and had such an important and profound place in the story. And the leading characters, they just won my heart over from the very first scene.
Both Sienna Pierce and Crimson sheriff Cole Bennett were characters that were easy to connect with. They are strong, resilient, and smart, as well as loving, caring, and considerate people. And they are broken, hurt, and wounded by their families, and need healing to overcome the pain from the past.
Cole and Sienna set the pages sizzling, they have an obvious bond between them, there's a kinship of their souls and a tie that pulls them together. From the very first, they learn to lean on each other, they support the other, while battling the strong attraction towards each other.
Even though it is evident that there's a lot of water run under the bridge in Crimson, there are events in the past books that are relevant to the present, but this story was easy to read as a stand-alone novel, and the fact that I have not read the previous stories, was not an issue.
With lots of family drama, added to the small-town living, everyone knowing your business, and voicing their opinions, there is a good mix of humor, laughter, tears, and pain in the tale. Cole hides his pain, while Sienna's family troubles are for everyone to see and know. But there is a strong message of forgiveness, of learning to face your troubles and finding the way to communicate your hurt and heartbreak, finding the atonement, and getting the redemption.
The story took me by a positive surprise on many occasion with its strong voice and deep emotions. It is filled with heat, humor, and hurt, mixed with adoration and growing pains, on top of the swoon-worthy romance. An absolutely delightful romance story mixed thought-provoking family drama.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side