Hurt by her failed marriage and dashed dreams, Cali Sinclair returns home to Windswept Bay with her heart wary and closed to the dreams of true love she so desperately wanted. Determined to never again risk her heart, she throws herself into running the family’s small boutique resort on the Florida coast, a place so full of romance that it’s a reminder every day of what she’ll never have. But when renowned artist Grant Ellington shows up to paint a mural on the wall of the resort, she’s swept away by her response to the artist. Suddenly, every time he looks at her, Cali finds it harder than she ever thought possible to keep her heart protected.
Grant Ellington loves his ranch, his horses, and his life as a sought-after artist. But after walking away from a plane crash that killed his best friend and the young pilot, he’s still struggling with survivor’s guilt as he heads to Windswept Bay. Painting a sea life mural at the resort started out as a favor to his neighbor, but one meeting with the beautiful Cali and he feels alive again—and determined to spend time on the moonlit beaches with her in his arms…
But, like him, Cali has her own emotional scars—can they learn to trust the love that sparks between them and move forward from this moment on?
I liked this story a lot. I just felt like the ending was a bit rushed.
A tender story of moving beyond tragedy and pain
Grant Ellington is trying to move past survivor's guilt and continue to live his life. Yet, how can he when so much reminds him of the two good men who died while he lived? Yet, his neighbor's sisters need help with renovations of their Florida resort and his artwork is the perfect solution. What he doesn't expect is to find the solution to his emotional turmoil in the woman running the resort.
Cali Sinclair has sworn off men after her recent divorce. She can't trust them and is therefore unwilling to admit her attraction to the good looking artist her brother arranged to come paint murals on 3 walls at the resort. After all, he'll be leaving once he's done with his painting.
This is a tender story of moving beyond past tragedy and pain. Both Grant and Cali have deep emotional trauma, yet they find understanding and acceptance in each other. Can they overcome their fear and resolve the logistical problems to stay together?
There's more to enjoy about this story than just getting to know Grant and Cali. The reader also gets to know Cali's siblings and others at the resort. It's a setup for a great series of books focusing on each of the Sinclair siblings.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review.
Romance - PG - kissing only
Language - clean. Nothing offensive
My rating - 4.5 stars
This romantic story is lovely. The characters are suffering and have emotional baggage until their love heal each other. Happy ending.