Griffin Powell has avoided his hometown since he left it in the rearview years ago. But the former Marine understands duty and promises, and that means dragging himself back home as part of his brother's wedding party. Which gets him thinking about a promise he made to a woman, after the best night of his life. When she, too, shows up as part of the wedding, it feels like a sign.
Always a bridesmaid, professor Samantha Ferguson is dreading this bachelorette weekend. She’s the one of the lone single ladies, and the matron of honor is her high school nemesis. Sam figures she can suck it up and deal, until she comes face-to-face with the big, sexy ginger mistake from her past. Can this trip home get any worse?
Turns out it can. Not only are she and Griff paired up for all the bridal party bonding activities, forcing her to relive high school hell, but Sam's best friend goes missing. When no one takes her concerns seriously, she starts a search herself--and ends up with an unwanted bodyguard whose very presence reminds her of a hot Vegas night she’s tried hard to forget.
Second chances. Sigh!
Second chances. Sigh! Sometimes we just don't get it right the first time around, and we need another chance to do better, to be better. Griff thought that was what he was doing when he left all those years ago. Instead, he left a legacy of pain and distrust in his wake. Now, in order to keep the peace at a “family” wedding they’re both involved in, Griff and Sam have to face what happened so long ago and attempt to move forward. My heart was a bleeding broken mess after the prequel for these two. I needed their second chance as badly as they did. I didn't entirely understand the search for the friend who had gone MIA, but it gave them a lot of time together to work through everything that had gone wrong. And even though it blows up exactly as I was afraid it would, Griffin Powell is a master of grand gestures. The ending is perfect and everything I was hoping it would be.
I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through Booksprout.