That First Mistake

I liked the character of McKay; she’s an honest person who strives to do right. She’s bright and draws people to her like moths to a flame. When she meets Grant, it’s like the world stopped spinning on its axis for a moment and she finds herself in a situation that she doesn’t know how to handle; off the charts chemistry with her boyfriend Seth’s dad.

Grant is estranged from his son Seth for doing the right thing. Or what he thought was the right thing at the time. As he works to reconcile with his son McKay is the bomb that blows that dream to smithereens. And it’s nobody’s fault. He knows better but pursues her, but to what end?

I had some difficulty with the story line. I found the son/boyfriend to be a brat and a manipulative one at that. But on the flip side, he was really hurt by what McKay and Grant were building together. It wasn’t all about sex, although there was plenty of it between McKay and Grant; they were genuinely matched on all levels but chronological age. The fourteen-year gap doesn’t seem much now, but who knows about later?

I truly enjoyed the story and it flowed logically. Things were handled maturely and carefully for the most part, but I wonder how many would choose a lover over a child? But if Grant and McKay walked away from the possibility of being together, everyone would be miserable. This was Seth’s first real relationship and he went all in, but he has his whole life ahead of him. No neat way to resolve this and I enjoyed the ride.

Book Blurb for That First Mistake

A drunken, late night phone call from his twenty-two year old son has Grant Forena driving hundreds of miles to knock some sense into him. Instead he finds himself butting heads with the most stunning young woman he’s ever seen. McKay Priestly is fierce, strong, and captivating in ways Grant never expected. She’s also taken, by his son.

Grant blames McKay for his son’s reckless behavior, but something else drives his anger and harsh words. McKay feels the same impossible chemistry. To act on it would be crazy, but ignoring it doesn’t make the ache go away. Any time spent in each other’s company is a mistake, every gaze carries words they wouldn’t dare speak out loud. But restraint can only go so far. Something has to give and when it finally does, it sets off an emotional bomb of heartbreak that began with that very first mistake.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2016 3.50