3.5* In some ways this was a great book. I loved both Gabe and Rachel, for example, and their interactions felt real and honest, if not always comfortable. But I hated the "small town full of narrow-minded bigots" setting, one that I'm really tired of in contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I also didn't care for Gabe's brothers, and although Ethan sort of redeems himself, he was a major hypocrite for much of the book. I liked Cal in the earlier book, but not so much here where he, as so many others, never tries to find out Rachel's real story.
SEP writes beautifully and you won't find any clunky prose or awkward dialog here, so overall it was a good read, just not always fun.