Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Valley and everyone who mattered for a career in the NHL—a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now he’s back to make amends, which begins with keeping his younger sister from flunking out of school. It’s just his luck that the one person who can help is the girl whose heart he broke years ago.
Lucy Diamond has racked up a number of monumental mistakes in her life, the first involving a certain blue-eyed charmer. She has no intention of falling for Jordan Kincade again, but when he shows up asking her to help one of her students, Lucy just can’t say no. Worse, the longer he’s back, the more she sees how much he’s changed. And so when a blistering kiss turns to more, she can’t help but wonder if her heart will be crushed again . . . or if she’ll discover true love with a better man.
This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last. This story was just what I was in the mood for. I'd been thinking about a story where the shy girl in high school met the popular guy after college. This was that and more. I so enjoyed it.
Characters are really important to me in a book. If I don't like them, feel like they are real or relate to them in some way, then I usually don't enjoy the story. I felt the connection to these characters quickly. Lucy was the quiet girl in high school who tried to be as invisible as possible. Her life wasn't easy and she had to rely on her own smarts to get where she was going. She made mistakes along the way and was pretty private because of it. I liked her quiet strength. She was a closet writer and a teacher. She stood up for her students and tried to do what was best for those she cared about. I really liked her.
Jordan captured my heart quick and held it. He's a big hunky hockey player on a team that's headed for the playoffs. His mind is all hockey all day. But then tragedy strikes and he finds himself home and trying to figure out who he really is. As he faces the mistakes he's made, he owns his stuff. I respect him and care for him. I was cheering for him, for him and Lucy.
The story feels small town and builds the foundation for each brother to get their own book. The overarching story of the boys parents seems to carry through the books and I'm interested to learn more about the winery and how everything pans out. I want the stories that aren't listed yet. Book two is Dec's story and Parker gets book three. But I'm hoping for Ryan and Ethan's stories too! I'm invested in this family and will definitely read more!
This is the kind of contemporary romance that hauls you into it's pages and keeps you happily entertained until the end. Then you look around and are happy there are more brother's stories to come.