Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends Sister, Contemporary Romance, Military, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Second Chances
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Former Army Captain and venture capitalist Preston Guthrie has always had a thing for Cat Kingston, but he never felt like he could date his best friend’s sister. Plus, he’s a wrong-side-of-the-tracks guy and she’s a white-picket-fence kind of woman. Yet when they met again just before he was deployed, sparks flew. A fire ignited. And the heat was hot. For the first time, he thought a relationship with her might be possible…until an injury in the war changed everything…
Journalist Cat Kingston had a rough couple of years, surviving a broken engagement and the loss of her job. But connecting with Preston last fall seemed right. They shared steamy Skype sessions while he was overseas—until he was wounded, and cut her off without explanation. Now he’s back in town to be the Best Man for her sister’s wedding…and she wants answers.
Preston’s struggling with a leg wound, but the war scarred him on the inside, too. When Cat pays him a surprise visit and her brother catches them in a compromising position, Preston tells him they’re dating. He’s not sure how he can spend the entire wedding week fake-dating her when the chemistry between them feels anything but…
I love a good second chance romances, especially when the its a best friends little sister situation. This book was a pretty quick read, but it was fun, and I liked how much push and pull there was between the two main characters.
You have Cat, who is back living at home after being laid off from her job as a journalist, and honestly it seems like she is really just trying to find her way. A lot of her life seems to be dictated by the wills and wants of her family, and not so much with what she actually wants out of life. But the one thing she knows she really wants, and the one thing she wants to fight for is Preston. Before he deployed the had a moment where she was sure he was finally going to see her as more than just his best friends little sister, and he did. They had a sweet romance, long distance. Until he got hurt. And then he ghosted her basically. Now that he is back, she is determined to find out what the heck happened. I liked Cat, she’s a sweet girl in general, maybe a little to cutesy for me, but I still liked her. I liked that she wasn’t afraid to push when she needed to.
Preston, the man in question, is definitely not in tip top shape. He is recovering from a serious injury to his knee, one that is going to require more surgeries as time goes on. Plus he is dealing with the psychological effects of war, and to top it all off, he seems to have spent his whole life thinking that he isn’t good enough for anyone, and that people in his family are somehow worthless. So when you take all that together, I guess it makes sense why he would back away from Cat. But the thing about Preston is that his point of view of himself, well, it couldn’t be further from the truth. He’s a stand up guy, he cares for the people in his life (even the ones who don’t deserve it, like his dad), and is just a good person.
I think if the book had been any longer we would have needed some sort of drama or something, but this was a quicker book for me, and the dynamics between Cat and Preston were more than enough to support the book. I liked the inner monologues of both characters, they rang true for me. Plus there was so much tension going on between these two in certain spots that it just worked, these two definitely knew how to heat things up when the occasion called for it. I would definitely read more by this author.