The O’Donnell brothers continue to cast their lines and find love at the Buoys—their magnificent Pacific Northwest fishing haven—in this alluring romance from the bestselling author of Off the Hook.
Seasick. That’s how Jessie Todd feels when her best friend and boss, Finn O’Donnell, tells her that the Buoys will be featured on a popular fishing program—which just so happens to be hosted by a guy she used to date. She’s still friendly with her ex, but her new feelings for Finn are making things . . . complicated. His life is out on the sea, and though Jessie works at the resort, her paralyzing phobia of water keeps her on land, where she’s safe. To take a shot with Finn, she’ll need to face her fears—and her innermost desires—head-on.
Finn has been nursing a crush on Jess for a long time, so when she suddenly asks for swimming lessons, he dives right in. Holding her shaking hand as she steps into the ocean makes his heart swell—despite the sinking feeling that she’s just doing it to impress that smarmy TV host. Finn doesn’t trust anyone with his bruised and battered heart, but he’ll be forced to lay it all on the line to keep Jess from being the one that got away.
I did a little happy dance when I received this book for a review since I adored the book one, Off The Hook, and I have been wanting to go back and spent some time with the gang since the early indications showed that it is going to be Jessie and Finn's story.
I felt the sparks in the previous book, and I was so excited to see how these two friends would find their way to each other's hearts. And Jessie and Finn didn't disappoint. They were just as delightfully charming and sexy as I thought they would be. The bond they had had since the day they met, was strong. They trusted each other more than anyone else, and they were not afraid to show their vulnerability to each other.
Both of them had issues from their childhood, that had messed with them most of their lives, and affected to their lives on a basic level. Yet, with each other's help, they were opening up, tackling these painful memories, and healing from them. I loved how their relationship was shaping and developing, how they stood up for each other and were willing to protect each other.
But, and this was a surprise for me, as much as I loved Kate and Liam in Off The Hook, I couldn't stand them in Lured In. It has been a long time since a secondary character has made me as mad as Liam and Kate managed to do. Liam and Kate revealed some unattractive characteristics, that floored me. Liam did try to explain/excuse their reasons, but for me, there wasn't redemption for those two. Did that mean I didn't love the story? No, I stayed up late, because I couldn't put it down. I loved the story, and would recommend this series for anyone loving well-written romance novels.
It got my emotions involved, I was rooting for Jessie and Finn, I loved that they are finally getting the business back on its feet and off the red numbers. I loved the hard work they all put in and the sacrifices they were all willing to do to make it work. I loved and supported Finn and Jessie every step of the way.
A captivating story with a fitting name, since it lured me into the tale completely. The family drama, the childhood turmoils, the friends and lovers, the healing from the past and learning to trust in your heart... A fascinating and marvelous tale, filled with life, growth, healing, and love
~ 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