Series: In Shady Grove #5
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Firemen, Romance, Small Town Romance
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One glance at the hot firefighter who responds to a misguided 911 call and Penelope Denning knows she's out of her depth. Leo Montesano is a charmer with an exciting career. She's an accountant focused on getting her son through his teenage years. Yet Leo is definitely pursuing her. How can she possibly resist?
As the attraction between them ignites, Penelope discovers a wild side she never knew. The passion makes her think about a future beyond this affair, until her real life interrupts. And when she's convinced she must choose her son over romance, Leo does something she never expects!
I do love a romance with a firefighter, not really sure why, but I love me a good firefighter. So this is the fifth book in the series, so I was a little bit worried that jumping in this late in the game, but it’s a stand alone romance so I went for it.
So I have to say that I didn’t really like Penelope. I wanted to, I really did, it just didn’t happen for me. So first a little bit about her, she is a single mom of a teenager boy (he’s sixteen I believe), and he wasn’t always the healthiest kid. It’s easy to understand why Penelope would be overprotective of her son considering the amount of time they spent in a hospital fighting for him to life. That being said, she actually came off more weepy then over protective. She goes out of her way not to have a life, and the only thing her life is about is her kid. She meets Leo after over indulging in some wine and having a bit of an accident with a grill, and the most memorable part of that meeting is that her neighbor is super annoying, even for a teenager. At the end of the day Penelope is way too much inside her head, and a little bit to boring for me.
Now it took me a while to get a good feel for Leo. When we first meet him he is at a family get together, and I assume after reading that first scene that the other books must have dealt with Leo’s family members because there was way too much information about them then was needed, and was almost a little confusing. Also Leo kind of came off as a jerk because of his interactions with his sister, but I was willing to give him a pass and see how I felt about him as the book goes on. He seems like a good guy, he’s a little too aware that he is a good looking guy, but other then that he’s perfectly fine. I easily liked him a lot more then I liked Penelope.
At the end of the day I wish I had liked this book more. I mean it’s hard to get behind a romance when I don’t really bond with one of the characters. Having the kids point of view was an interesting turn of events, but that’s about it. If you have already read this author or this series you might want to check this book out.