Series: The Burke Brothers #1
Published by Simon and Schuster Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Musician, New Adult, Pregnancy & Babies, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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Conner Burke never expected Sofie Callahan to come back.
Where she’s been for the last two and half years is a mystery, and so is the reason she left in the first place. Now, though, she’s back in their hometown of Shelton Bay, South Carolina, at the same time Conner’s band Dirty B. is home on a tour break.
Sofie Callahan has spent the months since her father’s death avoiding anything to do with her hometown. But with her brother in Afghanistan, she has no choice but to return and sort out her father’s house, even if it means facing the boy she fell in love with and revealing the reason she left.
Conner has questions, and when his broken heart and her guilty one collide, Sofie has to start answering them. Their present is rocky, their future unknown. Only one thing is certain: Sofie’s daughter will change everything.
I think I’m on some kind of Emma Hart kick, since this is my second Emma Hart book this month. I loved this book, like completely adored it. It has two things going for it (well unless you count that I am predisposed to like Emma Hart and then in that case it has three things going for it), it’s a second chance romance, and it has the whole secret baby thing going on.
First things first, if you have read any of my reviews about secret babies, I either completely love it, or completely hate it. Honestly it has a lot to do with the woman in question, if she had some kind of super legit reason to hide a baby or couldn’t find the father, I’m totally on board. If she didn’t, well then I’m predisposed to hate her. Honestly, I don’t totally agree with Sofie’s reason for not telling Conner about the baby, yes I get that she was trying to make sure Conner could still get his dream, but I still think he had a right to know. Now this is where I think Hart’s writing comes into play, because normally I would have just gone straight to “I hate Sofie”, but I didn’t in this book, and the only reason why has to because of the quality of writing. I liked Sofie, like right from the beginning. She’s a strong woman. She’s fixing her mistakes (and who doesn’t love a girl who is willing to own up to her mistakes and fix them). She’s a great mom. I love that she made she her daughter always knew who her father was. In the end I couldn’t help but loving Sofie and wanting her to have a happy ending.
I totally loved Conner. Like completely. I loved that he wouldn’t let anyone disrespect Sofie, even though he had ever right to be mad at her (and was). He was so ready to just jump in and be a dad, he didn’t even think twice. I loved that. I loved that he didn’t assume to think he could just take over or take his daughter into a new situation (I hate when guys just show up and are like oh my kid I can do what I want with the kid, uh no). I loved how he acknowledged how much work goes into raising a child, especially alone.
These two people have known each other for ever, Sofie was best friends with Conner’s sister, and even though they didn’t get together until after high school, it’s easy to see them as high school sweethearts of young love. There is so much history there, and Conner’s family is so great to Sofie. I loved all the interactions between everyone. The hot and heavy scenes with Sofie and Conner were awesome. There were some great moments with “Sassy Sofie” as I like to call her. In the end, I adore this book, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great romance read.