A lush, beautifully written story about the indelible mark of first love. Intelligent, fresh, and utterly lovely.—KRISTAN HIGGINS
Can a smoldering kiss on the beach . . .
Rekindle old flames?
Dr. Imani Grant isn't looking for love. Between the rigors of medical school and the opening of her own dermatology practice, there is simply no room in her life. But when she's called upon—yet again—to be a bridesmaid for one of her best friends, she comes face to face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago. Xavier Whitted may be just as handsome and charming as she remembers, but their knee-trembling kiss on the beach won't change a thing.
Except—it changed everything.
Now Xavier is back in her life and determined to win her heart. And, though Imani harbors a secret that could put both their blossoming careers in jeopardy, she's finding it harder and harder to keep her distance.
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story of second-chances, understanding, forgiveness and above all, love.
Having your life in order, and finally feeling as if you are in control of your own destiny is important to Imani. Now a doctor with her own clinic, she’s overcome tremendous obstacles, personal and professional to get where she is. Of course, her mama still thinks all isn’t as it should be – her baby should be married by now, and when there are grandbabies to love and play with, she’ll know that her daughter is finally settled and one less thing to worry about, much. Now back in her hometown to be a bridesmaid, Imani is just hoping to get through this visit, celebrate, connect with old friends and then return to her own life.
Xavier is successful, driven and eyeing a seat on the City Council. What he didn’t realize until he spotted Imani is that the feelings that he’d had, since high school for her were still there. If only he hadn’t been such a jerk and broken her heart then. But, he’s grown and learned, and she’s never quite left his mind: he’s going to push, cajole, plead and charm his way back into her good graces, and get that second chance.
From the first page, this story drew me in, and the more I learned of Imani’s past and struggles, the more I wanted her to find someone like Xavier: she deserves a truly good and driven man, and he is just that. But, her hesitation is understandable, never really having recovered from that first break-up, and worried that some of her own trials and struggles won’t be easy for her to explain, she’s not ready to jump right in. But everyone, yes EVERYONE thinks (as I do) that these two are perfectly matched: from Imani’s cousin who will do anything to support, push and protect her, to Xavier’s fraternity brothers always ready with advice, problem solving and even a bit of meddling to redirect him.
So many moments in this story brought emotion, conflict, understanding and resolution, both individually and as a couple to these two. And despite Xavier’s very machismo and rather uncharacteristically harsh initial response to the events Imani shared that still burn her with shame and regret, his ability to find empathy and understanding (often with pushes from his friends) brought him to better understand her as the woman she has become, and allowed their connection to strengthen.
A wonderful story of second-chances, understanding, forgiveness and above all, love.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.