This was a short read so it always helps things along when the main characters have a history. Blake and Isabella have such a history and we are plopped right into the most important part of it so far - their relationship evolving into what it should have been all along. Blake had a promise to keep to Isabella's brother and the brother died before Blake could be released from it for the most honorable of reasons. His depression over the loss of his friend, and perceived loss of Isabella by proxy, was the engine that drove the story.
Isabella was a little opaque for me. I didn't see her as definitively as I did Blake but appreciated her owning her own happiness and pursuing it elsewhere when it became obvious she wasn't going to find it with Blake. Again, a catalyst for the big conversation these two seriously needed to have. The story was fast-paced and the hero a little ham-handed in the wooing department despite all his "experience." Which essentially made it very complimentary to Isabella; when it mattered he was nervous. A good entertaining read.
Forbidden Love Has Never Been So Tempting. . .
Isabella Marie thinks putting Blake in her rearview mirror will save them both from certain heartache. But when the sudden death of Blake’s father brings the Marine home before she can make her escape, Isabella is forced to acknowledge leaving Blake isn’t something she’s ready to do.
Honor bound by a promise to keep his hands off his best friend’s sister, Captain Blake Mitchell can look but never touch the only woman that lights his world on fire. Blake’s desires burn hotter than ever, but will he be able to throw away his late best friend’s trust to capture Isabella’s heart? If this mission fails, he’ll be stripped of the only woman he can ever love.