All They Ever Wanted by Tracy Solheim (Second Chances #2)

All They Ever Wanted by Tracy SolheimAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

All he ever fought for… Aspiring congressman Miles McAlister has dreamed of representing his hometown of Chances Inlet, North Carolina, since he was a boy. So when he’s asked to help run his mother’s bed and breakfast he moves home and rolls out his campaign at the same time. But political stardom isn’t a given, especially when he’s expected to compromise the very ideals he’s trying to uphold. Making matters worse is the inn’s stubborn and distractingly beautiful cook. He’s loved and lost before, so falling for Lori Buchman is not part of his plan.

All she ever feared… Lori just wants to do her job and be left alone until she can safely move on. The last thing she needs is to get involved with her boss’s son. Miles proves to be too sexy to ignore, however. Their heated fling elicits feelings deeper than either anticipated. But everything about Lori is a lie. She’s harboring a secret that’ll destroy Miles’s career, and when the truth gets out it’s going to shock Chances Inlet to its core, forcing Miles to make the hardest decision of his life.

This second book in the series continues my enjoyment of the people who live in Chances Inlet, a small town in North Carolina that is a beacon to those that need a second chance in life.

Miles McAlister is a politician running for a US Congressman Seat. He has had his life planned since he was a kid and hates being broadsided by a surprise event, however living with a large, close knit family comes with the unexpected. His mother Patricia owns a B&B called Tide Me Over and since his father’s death and her unforeseen run in with a car, Miles has had to help out while running his campaign from Chances Inlet.

Lori Hunt is working for Patricia as the B & B’s cook and housekeeper. When she came looking for a job, Patricia hired her without asking her any questions, she knew Lori needed help. And as much as Lori did not want to, she has started making friends; she has tried to keep to herself and would have left by now if Patricia didn’t need her. She is especially leery of Miles, since he has moved in, he watches her, he may not believe her or trust but he can’t seem to stay away and the attraction between them is strong. But there is a large obstacle in the way, and when secrets are revealed Lori and Miles have some issues to overcome.

This is a cute small town romance with whimsy and amusement, and just enough drama to keep things exciting. I like the residents and love how quirky and interesting they are.

Lori has had a rough go of it lately. She has several regrets in her life and does not feel she can go to anyone in her family for help. She is hiding out but knows her past will come back to haunt her sooner than later. She wants to leave but knows the McAlister’s need her and she is tired of disappointing people. I like her; she feels deeply for people, putting other’s comfort before hers. And although she does not want to admit it, Miles is also a reason for staying but they are playing with fire.

Miles is very determined and focused; he made a plan for his life long ago and for the most part he is on tract, but Lori’s presence distracts him and when he says he is watching her for her secrets, he really just likes to be near her. The two together combine for an explosive pair and I love that she calls him Dudley Do Right, as he always seems to come to the rescue when needed. Their witty banter back and forth along with the sexual tension between them provides for an intriguing story.

I enjoyed the first book in the series and although I often steer clear of political main characters, this one caught my eye because of what Lori was going through, I do love characters that have secrets. The pace works well for the most part but did bog down a bit in the middle only to pick up again when Lori’s past comes back with a vengeance. I enjoyed several of the secondary characters, many we met in the first book, but the author keeps the reader informed so this can easily be read as a standalone. I enjoyed reading about Cassidy, the troubled teen who thrives under the attention of the McAlister’s and several of Miles’ siblings, I also enjoyed Patricia and her beau Lamar, the town sheriff, and they all round out the cast perfectly. I look forward to more stories from this town of second chances.

I give All They Ever Wanted by Tracy Solheim 4 stars!

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