Series: Hero's Welcome #1
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friends With Benefits, Friendship, Military, Romance, Small Town Romance
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In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.
As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.
I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this book, I’m not entirely sure why but the whole single dad thing only works for me sometimes. So this book takes place in a small town, and basically centers around the elementary school, after all our single dad, Micah, has an 8 year old, Ben, who attends the school, and our heroine, Kat, is the principal of the school. I always get a little bit leery when kids are involved, sometimes it just doesn’t work out for me, I think I prefer my kids in books to be closer to the baby age or older in the teenage department. But hey that’s just me.
That being said, I thought this book worked for me, even though we were dealing with an elementary age child. He was a special kid, Ben is living with cerebral palsy, and it definitely caused more then just physical challenges in his life. What worked for me was how devoted of a dad Micah is to Ben. Micah is a marine, but he wants to be around more for his son, so not only does he work as a marine but he also works part time landscaping at the school. Micah is so unbelievably devoted to his kid, all he wants is the best for him, he wants him to stand up to bullies, to try and be as independent as his body will allow him to be, and just in general he wants happiness for his kid. I think that’s the best part of this book.
As for Kat, well she’s a pretty awesome principal, she cares about all the kids, and she really wants to make a difference in their lives. I liked that she takes such an interest in the kids who are getting in trouble, she tries to redirect them to more productive and meaningful things. She’s also kind of sad when the book starts, or how Ben puts it lonely. Her fiancee has past away before the book starts, and she just hasn’t really moved past it. This book is really a journey for her where moving past it, from finally cleaning out her fiancees things to taking off the ring.
Our two main characters had some pretty good chemistry, and I really liked that the foundation of their relationship is more friendly then super romantic to begin with. I like when relationship have good foundations to build on. I also really liked how much Ben was important to the story, how well loved he was, he was just so easy to like, and it was easy to see how he could bring people together. There were also some interesting secondary characters, like Kat’s sister who showed up at the beginning and ended up living with her, as well as Micah’s dad (who is basically the worst), but they both made the story way more interesting.
If I had to pick on complaint is would be how quickly the events unfolded towards the end of the book. Not just that but I really didn’t feel like Micah had the best reactions to those events, they didn’t really feel like him. Kat’s reaction to the events made total sense given her personality and her background, but I was actually really disappointed in Micah. That being said this was a cute romance, one I enjoyed reading.