Published by Macmillan Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Second Chances, Sports
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Her brother’s best friend is not only the hottest man Michelle Dennis has ever seen, he’s the one man she hopes to avoid after leaving town eight years ago. Of course he’s the one waiting at the airport. Worse, he made sure they’re staying in the same house.
Alex Stafford is expecting to pick up his friend’s kid sister, not a full-fledged bombshell. He was planning to apologize for their past, but the feelings he had years ago come roaring back…and this time, there’s no denying them.
Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail—especially when they’re stuck in close quarters. But falling in love with Michelle, living in her world, isn’t an option for a guy like him. And remembering that will save them both a lot of heartache…
A second chance love story, yes please. I love when characters who go back home after a long time away and have to make peace with the things they left behind, and this was definitely one of those books.
So we have Michelle coming back home after a really long absence, like 8 years away, and she knew going in that it was going to bring up some painful things from her past. As it turns out she was in love with her brothers best friend when she was young, and when she told him how she felt, well let’s just say that it was ugly. So like days after everything happened, she left and never looked back. The thing about Michelle is that she had this kind of perfect plan set up in her head to be able to avoid the situation, and the man at the center of it, while still being there for the anniversary party that brought her back home. I liked how decisive she was, she wasn’t a character who was wishy washy, once she made up her mind about a plan of action she went for it. I liked that she acknowledge the pain that had from the past, but how she didn’t let it hold her back, she had a plan and she was going to go for it.
Alex is the guy in question, and honestly I have mixed feelings about him. I understand what happened in the past, and honestly I don’t think it should have driven her away for as long as it did, but then again the feelings you have when you are that young often lead to making rash decisions. Alex has a lot of hangups though. I mean a lot. He has so much self-doubt in this book that honestly it drives me crazy. He’s a successful man who plays professional football, but he also gives back a lot. He mentors kids, he takes an active role in charity, he’s just an overall really good guy, but somehow he completely doesn’t see it. It really annoys me. And his self-doubt honestly is what sabotages him over and over and over again during the course of this book. To some extent I can understand it, but on the other hand everyone faces some form of adversity and I just could not deal with how badly he dealt with his.
I really liked Michelle, and there were some great scenes in this book. There were more than a few moments where the author was able to evoke strong emotion from me, and there is some good chemistry between our leads. The pacing was also pretty steady throughout the book, so that’s always a plus for me. I do think that I would read this author again.