A Sweetheart Deal
Wyatt Lockhart is bound to regret moving in with Adelaide Smythe. She's broken the Texas rancher's heart before, and their last spontaneous reunion resulted in a couple of surprises--twin babies! Wyatt won't shirk his fatherly duties, but being this close to Adelaide makes it hard to remember why he should stay far away.
Adelaide knows she hurt Wyatt, and she's determined never to do it again. Once they figure out how to share parenting duties, she'll give him enough space to keep both their hearts safe. But life together at the Circle H is already growing on her. For the sake of their family's future, can Wyatt forgive Adelaide for the past?
The story starts off right in the middle of the drama and turmoil Adelaide Smythe and Wyatt Lockhart have created around themselves. Learning to trust, being able to forgive, the stressful life of newborn parents, a relationship that never really had a chance to grow, and the trouble in-between the families are enough to create friction and strain, that is nearly impossible to overcome.
Wyatt Lockhart is very likable and admirable character. He has a big, loving heart, he is determined to make the best out of his life, he is protective of his loved ones, and he is lost when it comes to trying to find the way back to Adelaide's heart. I loved him as a caring dad, as fumbling husband, as a loving partner, and I just wanted Adelaide to be able to trust and forgive so they could move on, hopefully together.
Adelaide had her issues. She is the least romantic person, she has high walls around her, she is careful with her feelings about everything, she tries her best to keep Wyatt at arm's length from her heart. She is a loving and caring mother, but she has to forgive and forget to be able to live in peace.
I really enjoyed the story, the way the characters had a chance to grow, develop, both in their lives as people, but as a couple and parents as well. The everyday struggle of just surviving with tiny babies, the emotional roll-a-coaster new parents seems to be in, was all described in such a real and authentic way.
Adelaide and Wyatt had a lot of issues between them, but they get to the gritty, they do the work, sometimes with the help of the community, sometimes on their own. The passion and attraction between them are evident, nearly palpable, but it takes more than that to make it in life for the forever kind of relationship, and Adelaide and Wyatt learn the hard way that sometimes you have to take the rough roads to get where you desire to be.
This is a different kind of romance, more about what can happen after the 'I do' is said, how hard it can be to start to built a life together, how many things can affect it, and how much stress and work as well as blessings little bundles of joy can really be. What it takes to honestly forgive and forget, and what if loving each other isn't enough, are they willing to do the work it requires or are they going to walk away? Really a thought provoking and honest story about loving and living to the fullest that takes you through the emotions but leaves you with a smile
~ Four 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