Series: Thunder Point #6
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Second Chances
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At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been.
Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he's become a better, humbler version of his former self.
Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he's finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud?
I would have never known this was a book in a series! In fact I didn’t know until I started putting together my review and looked it up for links. This is a great stand alone book, even though its the middle of the series, anyone can jump in and read this book. I really enjoyed the authors writing style, and if this book is any indication I think I am going to enjoy reading the rest of the series.
I’m a big fan of second chance books and I am also a big fan of best friends getting together, so put the two themes together and I am happy girl. So in this book Seth has come back home to the town where he grew up and was once the town’s football star, only now he’s a cop. He’s a really solid guy, he’s messed up in his youth, got in a car accident that ended his pro-football career and left him with a limp, but he’s made good with his life. And he’s back in town to find a way to repair the relationships he has with his father and his old best friend who won’t even speak to him anymore, Iris.
Iris, she holds a grudge against Seth, she was basically in love with him in high school and he totally took her for granted, and thanks to one drunken night he ruined their friendship forever, or so she thought. Iris is a great character, I could totally relate to her, truthfully speaking she reminds me a bit of my mom, a do-gooder, a degree in social work, and just a good all around person (my mom to a T, and she’s super awesome). It was easy for me to like Iris, she cares so much about the people around her, and who doesn’t love that.
When Iris finally starts letting Seth back into her life, I was thrilled. I loved their dynamic. Iris is so resistant to anything with Seth, but he just keeps pushing forward. He’s never to forceful, but yet he’s always there. He helps out when she’s sick, brings her meals, and in general is just trying to prove that he can be there for her and that he doesn’t take her for granted. I loved that about him.
I also really loved the plot line with Iris and her students. It’s kind of a way for both Seth and Iris to get involved in a joint issue. It’s brought to Iris’s attention that one of her students might be being abused although there is no proof and no idea who is doing the abusing. It’s great to watch Seth and Iris come together to try and help this girl, and the conclusion of this story line was great.
All in all I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good contemporary romance, especially if you have ever had a relationship with someone you wanted to repair, these characters are totally relatable and easy to completely fall in love with.