Author: Julie Coulter Bellon
Publisher: Stone Hall Books
ebook/paperback: 224 pages
FTC FYI: I received an ARC from the author, all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Olivia Dalton has a reputation in the DA’s office—tough, thorough, and fierce when she’s closing a case. Those skills are essential in the courtroom, but not in the relationship department—until Mick Donovan crosses her path. Everyone thinks he’s a player, but when an unexpected situation arises, she glimpses an honorable man instead. Olivia is drawn to him, but he pushes her away, unable to shake the past that still haunts him.
Mick Donovan learned at a young age never to let anyone close because those you love never stay. Keeping people at arms-length has never been hard for him—until he meets Olivia Dalton. Mick is caught up in a case she’s prosecuting, and he can’t deny his attraction to her, but when she uncovers the past he’s kept carefully hidden, he’s sure she’ll turn away. Yet, even with all his secrets in the open, Olivia reaches out. Can he let his guard down long enough to let her in and take a chance on love?
I love Julie Bellon's books! I start her books and I feel I already know the characters. She writes with care and attention to detail. I enjoyed the small town setting. Olivia and Mick are fantastic characters. I instantly liked Mick. He is caring and helpful, yet misunderstood by many. His past is a sad one. Olivia is smart and tough. They both have a soft spot for a little boy that needed their help. I really enjoyed this book. Their relationship developed gradually and with care, which I appreciated. Both Mick and Olivia had their own issues they needed to work out. I did feel the story was missing that "conflict" between the characters, but the book is an easy, enjoyably sweet read.
4 out of 5 stars. I loved how the author had foster care in the book. It was handled well, showing up and down sides. Mostly the up sides of good people helping out kids in need.
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