After having read the Acknowledgments page at the end, I realized that I read the ending of this series first. Now I have to go back and enjoy the whoAfter having read the Acknowledgments page at the end, I realized that I read the ending of this series first. Now I have to go back and enjoy the whole thing from the very beginning, knowing Jason will have a great ending with Rachel and Owen when it’s his turn.
The sort of office romance in this book was what got my attention in the first place, but things got deeper real quick. Rachel was a sort of single parent for once. She was responsible for her deceased best friend’s teenaged son. If that’s not baggage for a relationship, I don’t know what is. And Jason, he’s the oldest of his siblings, the one who stepped up to the plate after their parents’ sudden death. He was a responsible adult who took his job seriously, but also very playful and not at all hiding the fact. Charming to a fault. And, of course, let’s not forget that Jason is Rachel’s boss, and we got ourselves a romance that defines complicated.
I liked that the book touched issues like custody battles or office relationships, lightly but never not seriously. The romance happened among all these problems, and Rachel and Jason had to jump through some tough loops to find their way to each other. And the author took each problem clearly very seriously, and that made a solid read with a lot of emotion. I'm not kidding when I tell you I shed tears. It’s not always the case when it comes to emotional reads, but sometimes they either struck a chord, or, as was the case here, written in a way that touch my heart. I cannot wait to go back to the beginning and read this family from book one. ...more
Jen and TJ didn’t exactly start out as friends but acquaintances, having known each other from their high school years. And though they’ve both been aJen and TJ didn’t exactly start out as friends but acquaintances, having known each other from their high school years. And though they’ve both been a little in love with one another since then, they never acted on their feelings. The point where we’re involved in the book is where TJ is Jen’s boss and they’re still back and forth with their feelings. TJ is still put together as ever, and Jen is still the smartass who gives him a hard time.
What I loved most about this book was that neither TJ nor Jen came on too strong concerning their romance. They were both hesitant at times, and forward when they needed to be. That balance about their working relationship as boss/employee was most fun for me to read.
I’m not one to usually skip a series start, but I’m not sorry I did. Not because I think the first book is anything bad, in fact, I’m looking forward to reading it now, but because I’m glad I started with a story that made me feel all the nostalgia. Now I know I want to read the previous book.
If you like high school good boy and bad girl who have been crushing on each other find their happy ever after through office romance, then this book will make you smile....more
This was my second read by Tara Thomas after the first of the prequel novellas to the Sons of Broad series. Although I didn’t like the novella, this fThis was my second read by Tara Thomas after the first of the prequel novellas to the Sons of Broad series. Although I didn’t like the novella, this first novel length book of the series was much better. Just as I thought, romantic suspense, at least for me, reads better when it’s longer.
Tilly Brock and Keaton Benedict had been friends when they were both young and their families were close. Then a scandal about Tilly’s father-that he stole money from the Benedicts- caused the two families and the two friends to drift apart. Until one day, when they met again by chance, and while wanting to try to rekindle their friendship and let go of the past, they also have to battle with an unknown enemy to them both.
I did like both Tilly and Keaton. Coming from a very wealthy and powerful family, Keaton didn’t come off as a self centered prick, which is what scares me the most about such characters. And Tilly, as a struggling waitress and student, was not the crying mess her predecessor was. I liked her practical nature.
Perhaps the romance was a bit rushed for my taste, but I’m willing to let that slide for the sake of Tilly and Keaton’s past friendship and obvious crush. The action though, with a shady character named The Gentleman, was interesting. The whys of his actions, and the ongoing mystery surrounding the Benedict family was what attracted me the most in the story.
I'm looking forward to returning to Charleston to see how the rest of the brothers fare....more