It only took one kiss…
Willa Holmes has one rule: don't fall in love! Love brings ties and ties bring pain, and she's had enough of that. That's why the pastry chef fled to Thunder Ridge in the first place—to live privately and bake anonymously. But then she makes a big mistake: she kisses the local sheriff. The tall, dark, incredibly sexy sheriff…
No high-speed chase. That's Derek Neel's dating rule…till Willa. But the cowboy sheriff's hot pursuit hits a roadblock when he takes in an at-risk boy and Willa bucks like a frightened filly. Why is she so scared of the very things he wants most—love, family, forever? Derek isn't sure, but he knows this: not even Willa can escape the loving arms of the law!
What a sweet and adorable story that touches all the right spots to get the feelings flowing. I was not expecting the emotional impact the story had on me. While the fun parts brought a big smile on my face, the delightful 'family dates' had me swooning, there are some serious issues that the characters deal with, and those brought tears to my eyes.
Derek Neel is the ultimate hero. The bad boy turned into a good, by-the-book sheriff with the looks of an angel. He loves animals, children, and his sense of protecting his own is beyond any measure. He is not afraid of feelings, commitment, or waiting for Willa to get to the same page as he is when it comes to the romantic feelings he has for her.
Willa Holmes is a hardworking baker, she is loyal, kind, and shielding away from people. She would prefer to keep the emotional distance to everyone, especially to the town sheriff, who awakens all the feels inside her, that she wished would have never surfaced again.
I loved Derek and Willa together. The chemistry between them was just so warm, captivating, sexy, and right. With Willa's past, the road they have ahead of them isn't easy or without roadblocks, but the patience Derek has when it comes to her, and the determination Willa have when it comes to their possibilities of the future gives them hope for it all working out.
Lots of small town feelings, delightful pastry moments, friends for life who will stand up for each other, and town folks who loves to meddle in everyone's business. When you add the sparks flying around the handsome sheriff and intriguing baker, a little boy who needs solid guidance and a safe home, a grieving mother, and a hungry black bear you start to get the picture of the deliciously tender tale.
~ Four Spoons