This book’s storytelling and captivity factor is extremely good. Every time I picked the book back up, I found it super easy to get right back into it. I didn’t even have to think about anything. I didn’t zone out at all while reading. It was just a really nice, captivating read. I love it when a book pulls me in that easily, right from the start. I was even reading another book at the same time and had no issues switching between the two.
The story itself was good. The characters were okay. I thought it was a nice little story. The characters both had their past issues, or “scars” as they referred to it, that they had to try to overcome in order to open up to each other and happily be together. The romance didn’t really do it for me. I was on board with it, but not excited about it.
I was a bit annoyed at times by the choices the characters made (especially near the end). All the back-and-forthness just urked me. But at the same time, it made sense considering what they were dealing with and trying to overcome.
I also feel like Gabe wasn’t quite as likeable as the author was trying to portray. Yes, he was a great father, but the way he talks to Lia at times was not the most kind. I understand he was under a lot of stress and he was dealing with his issues, but he was very angry at times. That makes me a bit concerned about their future.
I thought the portrayal of the two-year-old was really well-done. The author must have kids or be around them a lot. I currently have a two-year-old, so I enjoyed reading about the one in this book. And I kept referencing this book when discussing our daughter with my husband. It’s funny. I kept saying things like “the dad in the book I’m reading handled the situation like this…” or “the dad in the book I’m reading is struggling with this with his two-year-old too.” My husband would laugh at me and say it sounds like I’m talking about a real person. Lol. But I guess that’s how captivating the book was and how connected I was to the characters.
All-in-all, I enjoyed this book and the story, but obviously there were some things that bothered me about it too.
Best Aspect: Captivity
Worst Aspect: Romance
About the book
They say time heals all wounds…
It’s been two years since former engineer Gabriel Ivers lost his wife and accepted a job as a building superintendent to be home with his children. His focus is being both mom and dad to his girls, until the beautiful Amelia Blake moves next door and reminds him he’s a man as well as a dad. Just as he begins to hope that his life can once again hold more than homework, chores, and movie-and-manicure nights with his girls, he discovers the reason for the fragility beneath Lia’s warm smile.
Lia is trying to move on with her life after a miscarriage ends all hope for a baby, and a subsequent betrayal destroys her marriage. She’s charmed by her new neighbor with his sparkling manicure, multi-colored hair clips, and his brood of girls, but disturbed by the sexual tension that sizzles between them. Gabe and his daughters remind her of everything she’s always wanted and it would be so easy to take what he’s offering her. But is she ready to risk her heart again, especially when her heart isn’t the only one in play?
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. Good thing Gabe is a fighter who’s determined to prove to Lia he’s in this for the long haul…the rest of their lives.