Savannah is a rich girl who comes from a troubled, loveless family. To make her childhood bearable, she was always tagging along with her older brother, Jay, and his best friend, Gabriel. After getting out of town for four long years while attending an out-of-state college, Savannah is back and the old schoolgirl crush on Gabriel she thought had dampened flames right back to life.
Gabriel grew up on the wrong side of town, in a poor Mexican family who may not have had money, but always had plenty of love to go around. Although he’s always thought of his best friend’s little sister as a little sister of his own, things have changed. Gabriel can’t help noticing Savannah is all grown up now. Single for the first time in years, with a two-year-old son in tow, Gabriel decides that maybe, after all these years, Savannah is grown enough for love.
Savannah was home from college, visiting her older brother. What she didn’t know was that her brother was living with his old best friend, whom she had a crush on. It’s no surprise that little girls often get crushes on their older brother’s best friend. But as Gabriel pointed out, Savannah was not a little girl anymore.
Now Gabriel is a single dad. Although Savannah had had her share of sexual experiences, she still felt shy and too young around Gabriel.
The writing was pretty good and easy to read. I liked the easy camaraderie between the old friends, both of which now see each other in a whole new light. They both have their struggles (Savannah looking for a place to live and making money with her online job; Gabriel trying to raise his son.) I admired Savannah’s determination to break free from her family and make it on her own. I also found Gabriel’s Mexican family and heritage to be relatable. He was lucky to have his family’s support in raising his son.
Of course, the age gap was not the only deterrent between Savannah and Gabriel. Evidently, “Meridians don’t marry poor Mexicans.”
This book is decently written and edited. It will satisfy romance fans, for sure, but I can't say it is a great story. The plot is lacking, the characters are bland, and some scenes awkwardly shift from one tone to another. A more subjective problem I had is the way it deals with a much younger girl and an older guy, especially one that grew up with her being a platonic "little sister" to him.