Why I Read It
I read it because I love reading authors’ debut novels
What I Rated It
What It’s About
Sometimes the things we fight hardest against are inevitable in the end.
Hunter Stevenson wasn’t interested in wasting nights with bed warmers, he had a daughter to take care of and a life to build. Leaving behind the mother of his four year old child and her incessant partying, Hunter moves closer to his family to help provide Sawyer some stability.
Tessa Daniels didn’t share the ‘typical American dream’ like most girls. A husband, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence weren’t the things she wanted for herself. She had a plan laid out, which included a career in the Navy and being surrounded by her best friends. She was perfectly content with her carefree, fun lifestyle and her casual relationships, but all of that changed when she met him.
What neither of them expected was a nosy brother and best friend with some serious matchmaking skills. The two have an instantaneous pull towards one another, they can’t fight the spark even though they both do. Until one drunken night, Tessa throws herself at Hunter, only to face an agonizing rejection. However, Hunter’s gentlemanly facade doesn’t last with the sassy sailor girl, his alpha attitude quickly emerges in the midst of their sexual tensions.
Hunter refuses to be another one of Tessa’s casual hook-ups, and won’t allow her to run away from the idea of ‘them’. No matter how many obstacles stand in their way of a happily ever after. Now he must convince Tessa that their inevitable love is worth fighting for.
Can their newfound love survive the stress of an impending deployment and Hunter’s past pushing it’s way back into his life?
**This book can be read as a stand alone.
I will never shy away from a new or unknown author. There is something about being one of the first people to read someone’s first “baby.” It is always an honor. I feel like the overall bones of the story were great. I loved the role reversal. A female in the military is refreshing. Add that to the single dad and I am in one amazingly different story. The characters are likable and relate-able.
Unfortunately, the characters lack a true identity until farther in the story line. The two main characters were “wishy washy” with their stances. I think the author set us up for some initial friction, but it did not follow through and it lead to a lot of strong stances changing without a good explanation as to why. It made the first several chapters feel scattered. Also, it is always confusing to introduce a group of characters in the first few pages. I don’t like having to go back to read again because I didn’t understand who was who.
My other main issue was an overall lack of conflict. Nothing seemed to be that “one big climb” or the one major hurdle that stories typically have. It is okay to not be over-the-top dramatic, but I feel like the conflict was an ant hill comparatively to most romance novels.
Back to some positive points. This book will make you smile with all of Sawyers lines. I absolutely love having children in romance novels as it is common for people to have children young. Putting an emphasis on Hunter’s lack of love life was awesome. I can always appreciate an author who accurately depicts young and single parenting troubles.
This author has tons of potential. I will be interested to see the development of her writing through future works. It is never easy putting something you have worked hard on out there, and for that I tip my hat to JC Santo.