Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
With a crazy eighty-hour-a-week job, an almost-boyfriend who’s left her for Bora Bora, and way too many terrible bridesmaid dresses in her future, Lia McCabe needs a change of pace before the imminent crush of the big 3-0.
First up, Lia is determined to help make sure her friend Drew’s whale-watching business takes off. But when an accident leaves him unable to man the boat, Lia’s only option is to convince Drew’s brooding, sexy brother to captain the ship (and save her butt). For the last two years, Evan Betancourt has been sailing around the world to avoid the ghosts of his past. But when he pulls into Sandy Cove for a brief stop, Lia makes him an offer she won’t let him refuse. And as these two opposites figure out how to work together, the murky waters between denial and attraction are creeping up fast…
This is an enjoyable contemporary romance featuring a gruff hero and an overly optimistic heroine as they work together to help a brother and a friend. This satisfied my reading love, a man in emotional pain who has retreated from the world and the woman who brings him back.
Lia works in marketing for an extremely demanding woman she calls Vampiress, she also helps her friend Drew by booking tours for his whale watching boat. When Drew is in a accident she vows to help him by asking his brother Evan to captain the boat, little does she know that a painful history separates these two brothers.
Evan does not believe his brother wants him to help and questions Lia, but she insists and when he finds out the name of Drew’s boat, he reluctantly agrees. Evan has had a hard time moving on from the death of his wife and son, and has escaped by roaming the sea. When he comes to Sandy
Cove for repairs, he wonders if he chose this place on purpose, believing it is time for them to talk. Good thing Lia is around to help the two reconcile and help Evan return to the living.
As a new to me author, Ms. Christopher creates a delightful romance that has several of my favorite tropes, a hero in emotional pain, a family that needs healing and a heroine with compassion and strength.
Lia is a workaholic marketing rep that wants to please everyone and jumps at the chance to help Drew by asking Evan to captain the boat, not realizing how much she is asking for, as she is unaware of their history or the reason Evan chooses to remove himself from the family. She pushes hard at the two and eventually helps by bringing them together and I like her tenacity.
Evan has been in mourning for two years, his wife and small child were killed and he has been unable to moved on. He is hurting and you can feel it in everything he does and deep down he needs to talk to Drew, to clear up the misunderstanding between them. When he meets Lia he immediately is drawn to her, calling her Cinderella. They try to stay away from each other but the attraction is strong and their chemistry is apparent, but she resents his protectiveness and often pushes him away. When a night out turns bad, she realizes how she feels, things change but are still complicated.
The pace works well, I enjoyed the build up to Lia and Evan’s romance and the author keeps the reader interested throughout the story. Secondary characters are important, Drew plays a pivotal role and I like how things end with the brothers. I also liked several of the people that worked on the boat, they made several moments light and fun. This is the second in the series but it can easily be read as a standalone. An emotional contemporary romance full of heart.
I give Ten Good Reasons by Lauren Christopher 4 stars!