When I first started reading this book, it felt a little rushed to me. Then I realized it was book two in a series and there may have been some background information in the first one I may have missed, but this one is still OK to read as a standalone. There is so much emotion in this book, especially in the last thirty minutes or so of the book. That part made me change my mind about the rating. I was going to give it a three and a half star rating but it received a boost up to four stars. That's how much I enjoyed those last few pages.
Duke King hasn't seen Grace Truman since he got sent to jail because of her. He knows that her pompous father had her sent away for running around with the likes of him. She's the judge's daughter, he's the town drunk's son. Their worlds were not meant to collide but you can't help who you love. When Duke goes back home to Destiny, Nevada because Lolly, the aunt who raised the three King boys, is in the hospital, she asks him to talk to Grace who just moved back to town with her son. Upon their first meeting in thirteen years, the chemistry is still there and he finds himself in quite the predicament before too long.
Now, one thing I didn't understand about the story was why didn't Grace stand up to her dad when it came to Duke thirteen years ago? I mean, she was nineteen at the time and just a few short months later, she finds the strength to defy her father and works to put herself through school all on her own. However, I suppose the reason she did get out on her own was because of what he said to her and before that time she just didn't want to push her luck because she didn't know if she had it in her to stand on her own two feet.
When it came to Duke, I just kept thinking that he is a very angry person. In the beginning of the book, it's displayed a lot. He had a rough life and I understand that but the more time he spends with Grace and Ryder, the more he starts to calm down. They are good for him and exactly what he needed at that point in his life. The further along the story goes, the more he ends up doing for his hometown that he said he didn't care about. Him and his brothers saved that town and to the townspeople, it was like saving the world. They were heroes.
One of my favorite parts was when Grace went grocery shopping for her father and left Duke and Ryder with him. It was simple but fits so perfectly into the novel. In this story, everyone finds redemption and who doesn't like to read about second chances?
I would recommend this book to Contemporary Romance fans.
Ten years ago, Duke King knew that getting involved with Grace Truman would only bring trouble into his already hard life. After all, the son of the town drunk has no business falling for the judge’s daughter…a passion that led to disaster and ended with Duke serving a ten year prison sentence. Duke never wanted to return to Destiny, especially now that he’s built a multimillion dollar custom car empire with his brothers. But when his sick aunt calls him home, he must face his past and discover a secret that instantly changes his life.
Grace never thought she would see Duke again, especially after years of silence. But when Duke comes storming back into her life, looking hotter than ever, and determined to get to know the son he never knew he had, she realizes that maybe she’d been wrong about him so many years ago. So Grace decides to make Duke a bet. If he can stay in the house with them for the next thirty days and prove he’ll be a good father, she’ll agree to letting him be part of his son’s life. If not, he’d better be prepared for a fight.
Going from single guy to family man isn’t going to be easy for Duke, especially with the still sexy, now fiery, Grace clouding his every thought. Can Duke be the man he never thought he could be or will his old bad boy ways be too much to conquer?