WHY I READ IT
I have been waiting for JT’s story since falling in love with Matt
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
After a car accident stole his dreams of pro football, JT McKinney has made a new life for himself far away from his old one. He spends his time in a prosthetic research and development facility, his attention on machines instead of people until a chance meeting with a young mother and her five year old daughter who need his help. He’ll have to let go of the past if he wants a future.
I have been waiting for JT’s story for what feels like forever and it’s finally here! The youngest of the McKinney clan is getting his story told, and it’s not at all what I expected. From the back story we get in previous McKinney books, I expected JT to be broody, cantankerous, and in no way ready to fall in love. Maybe he wasn’t, but Paige and Casey changed all of that.
Paige doesn’t have time for love. She is going to school, working multiple jobs, and raising her daughter, Casey. She is focused on making her daughter’s life better than the one she had, and do that, she needs zero distractions. Jake McKinney is a distraction.
I loved how JT, whether he wanted to be or not, was all in when he met Paige. Being a father was not something he thought was destined for, and his past messed with his ability to see a future with a woman who had a child. All that changed the more time he spent with Paige and Casey. He wanted to be the man they both deserved. He just had to figure out how to do it. I really enjoyed the slow build of this story. JT and Paige both knew what they had in each other, but they were cautious and really worked at getting to know each other Casey was adorable and made each scene she was in all that more enjoyable, especially when she was with JT. Their connection was priceless. I just love men who love children who are not their own flesh and blood. My only complaint was the timeline of the story. The ages of the other McKinney children (Matt and Stephen’s kids) didn’t seem to line up correctly and it took me out of the story for a bit, but didn’t take away from my love for it. This was a sweet, tender love story that kept a smile on my face and had me swooning throughout.