3.5 what a good start to a nice series stars!
Not going to lie I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Not only did it have romance and suspense it had a plot twist I so didn’t see coming. I always enjoy getting ARC’s especially from new authors. This is a brand new author this book is her debut book, and I say well done. (ps.. I took the above image from her FB page)
It took me a little bit to get used to her writing style which is normal with every new author I try. Stephanie St. Klaire is a very vivid writer she describes things in so much detail. There was no doubt in my mind what was going on or what a scene was to look like.
Onto the characters…oh Sam… *sigh* this is a lady with the weight of the world on her shoulders. Having to ignore Dawson was probably such a heavy weight to carry. Her family then her job seemed to be her motto. She doesn’t have time to date or for entanglements. Sam has known Dawson for a while and while she pretends she is not interested he decides to test the limits and see if this attraction goes both ways. However there are secrets between them that might not lead to a happy ending.
Dawson… *double sigh* yup.. he’s just a wildly attractive man that save lives for a living while being nice to children and old people. Okay, okay he’s more than that but honestly he was a great character. I loved how he actually took the time to know Sam instead of the insta-love that sometimes happens in romance novels. I love how he stuck to his gut throughout the whole book with all of the craziness going on. He knew what he wanted throughout the whole book an didn’t waiver at all.
Like I said there were some plot twists in here that I didn’t see coming. The one that I missed until it literally showed up in all its shining glory was close to the beginning chapter 7 I believe? Either way this character who becomes known should probably have their own book just saying! 😉 I’m excited to see what Stephanie St. Klaire has up her sleeve for the next book especially since there was a teaser in the copy I read!
Just as the walls start to come down, boundaries redefine, and things heat up, tragedy hits the small mountain town of McKenzie Ridge.
Sexy EMT Dawson Tayler made hearts break, and panties melt with a single look. Far from home, in the charming tourist town, he lives a simple life his family would be appalled by – if they were alive. Dawson suddenly finds his satisfying life, emotionless as it was, changing the night he nearly loses her.
The storming ball of fire, that is Nurse Sam Taylor, defined the word fighter. At five feet and a handful of inches, beautiful Sam was kind, giving, and a complete hard ass. Abandonment was a lesson Sam learned early on, leaving her with a hardened heart as a result. Men were as necessary as a hang nail and weren’t part of her plan, until him.
After months of shameless flirting, and generating steam everyone in their circle could see but them, the unlikely couple agreed to a friend’s only breakfast that turned into every morning – for weeks. Committed to the single life, this was not a relationship, and they definitely were not dating.
Does Dawson’s past and present collide and ruin what they have built? Will her secret be the deal breaker that ends this affair, before it even begins? Their steamy romance rushes through suspenseful twists, turns, and malice. Will Dawson and Sam find a happily ever after, or, is there someone else lurking in McKenzie Ridge trying to destroy it all?