After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and as part of ths book’s blog tour promotions.

I was torn with this book. The part of me that appraciates a love story for what it is, regardless of originality, plot, or conflict, definitely says that I really really enjoyed this book. However, there is also this part of me that has read so many romance novels over the years that I have to honestly say that this book is a cliche, one I’ve already read a thousand times over. I enjoyed it, yes, but the story isn’t something I will dream about. The characters don’t promise to be characters I will vividly remember a year from now.

All in all, it is a solid, entertaining book. We have a hero who’s come back to fix things in his life, his relationships, and his state of mind in general. The heroine is a woman who’s trying to start over after a failed marriage. It seemed like they were the last person that would end up with the other, considering their present lives were kind of messy. But the chemistry was there, the attraction was instant. I liked the development of the romance. Of course, I like any romantic development in books. It’s why I only read this genre. But maybe it’s because of that fact that I feel like I’ve already seen this book. I like Ms. Shalvis books in general, but I am still really waiting for one of her books to completely blow me over.

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