Breaking free from her structured life, Chloe English quits her high-powered job and moves across the country to work as an art teacher. The simple life is all she hoped it would be until her house burns down, leaving her homeless. When a handsome firefighter swoops in to save the day, she can’t believe her luck. He’s laid-back and unassuming, everything she’s looking for in a man—or so he seems. It turns out he’s as ambitious as her ex, comes with a family who could be more stifling than hers, and harbors dark secrets he may never be able to share.
Orphaned as a teenager, Derek Sumner has found a place in his best friend’s family. However, the love and support of his surrogate parents and siblings can’t erase the grief and loss he struggles every Christmas to banish. But this year he meets the fun and sexy Chloe, whose optimism and sense of joy are incredibly contagious. Can she help him face his bleak past so they can forge a happy future?
My ****4 Star**** Review
Chloe English has just packed up her life and moved to Ribbon Ridge, Oregon. Shortly after getting in her new home, she watches it burn to the ground. Volunteer fireman, Derek Sumner, is going to take care of everything, though. That is, if he can conquer his own set of demons. Oh, and if Chloe can get over her aversion to a career man.
Aside from Derek’s weirdness towards his old home, he seemed amazing to me. I loved that he wouldn’t let Chloe not give them a chance. I also absolutely loved his views on work and family. Of course, it’d be hard for him not to have great views after spending so much time with Rob & Emily Archer, the couple that adopted him as their own. I LOVED Rob and Emily! They had so much, but it was apparent that their families were worth more than anything to them. Plus, it wasn’t just their families that they were good to. They were kind, loving, and helpful to everyone. I wanted to move in!
The one downside of the story for me was Derek’s reactions to his old home. I thought something more dramatic had happened to him with the way he behaved. I really thought there was going to be something more to his odd behavior. I know grief can show itself in many forms, but it just didn’t seem realistic to me.
Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the story as a whole. The romance was super sweet, and I can’t wait to read Only in My Dreams, Sara Archer’s story! Oh, and I LOVE the adorable cover! 4 STARS!!!!
Warnings: this story contains some language and sexual content not suitable for minors.
*I received a copy via NetGalley and Intrepid Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Darcy Burke
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and three cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.