Yay! Connor’s book!
There are lines best friends shouldn’t cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…
If practice makes perfect, Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he’s concentrated exclusively on his family’s ranch. Until his dear friend Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That’s what friends do—and Liss is his rock. What friends don’t do? Suddenly start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it…
Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. Another few weeks should be a breeze. But helping Connor rebuild his life only reinforces how much she longs to be a part of it. One explosive encounter, and she’ll discover that getting what you always wanted can feel better than you ever dreamed…
I think I’ve said it before, two or three (hundred) times, but I love the friends-to-lovers troupe. Blame it on having watched When Harry Met Sally a few dozen times during my formative years, I guess. Actually, some aspects of this one reminded me of that movie.
Ms Yates did a fantastic job showing Connor as a widower dealing with his grief and finally starting to move on. From start to finish, his emotions felt spot on. Liss was a way better friend than he deserved at times, but ultimately he got his head on straight and worked to be the kind of guy she did deserve. I liked that he started making more of an effort with himself from the moment they became roomies–he really did need a swift kick in the pants at times–and I loved seeing the whole gang all together again. The dynamics in this group are fantastic.
Overall this was definitely not as lighthearted as book one in the series, but if it had been, then I wouldn’t have liked it as much. Connor’s needed to be a more somber story. I think it would work okay as a standalone–the only bit I could think of that might need more clarification than the book gives is how/why Connor’s barn burned in book one, though you can probably get by without all the gory details. Seeing Sadie and Eli in their adorable happy-to-be-in-a-relationship-ness will probably inspire you to read their book, though, so you might as well start there and save yourself time. 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.