Lucy Drake has come home to Hope's Crossing to the house she inherited from her great aunt Annabelle. An almost fire brings a late night encounter with Hope's Crossing's fire chief, Brendan Caine. The only thing these two have in common is their mutual love for Brendan' s late wife and Brendan' s two children, a mutual animosity for each other, and memories of a long ago moonlight kiss.
Lucy is reeling from her recent job loss and Brendan is still coming to terms with the sudden death of his wife two years ago. These two characters are perfect in their imperfections and completely suitable for each other.
The story flows nicely and doesn't lag. I really didn't want it to end. The town and townsfolk are well fleshed out without distracting from the storyline. Brendan's family seem like people you'd enjoy spending time with. There are six strapping handsome Irish boys and one sweetheart of a daughter.
Lucy's past isn't quite as picture perfect but she's reasonably warm and welcoming. She’s a genuinely nice, but reserved, person. Throw in a cantankerous half-sister unwillingly visiting for a few weeks, two cute tots and two adorable abandoned puppies and this has to be one of the sweetest romances I've read in a while!
I was in the mood to explore a new author and chose this book based on the summary. This was a sweet romance. Readers are in for a true, get to know you and discuss the important stuff before jumping into anything, romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be adding Raeanne Thayne’s other works to my TBR stack.
Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common…
And it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie—and Lucy's best friend—who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jessie's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll steer clear of her. She's always been trouble with a capital T.
Lucy couldn't wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she's back in Hope's Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she'd managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering….