The New York Times bestselling author of Love After All and the Play-by-Play series delivers a new novel about how love sometimes has plans of its own.
Having left his hometown of Hope years ago, only one thing could persuade architect Reid McCormack to come home for a lengthy stay—the challenge of renovating a historic building. But once the job is finished, he’ll be headed back to Boston, no matter how much he’s drawn to beautiful florist Samantha Reasor.
Samantha watches over her elderly grandmother and pours a piece of herself into every floral creation she designs. Her crush on Reid has been blooming for a while now, but she’s reluctant to act on it. A temporary fling isn’t what she’s looking for, even if Reid is smoking hot and super sexy. She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love.
Two people with different goals couldn’t possibly work, and yet as their attraction grows into something deeper, maybe falling in love is the one thing Samantha and Reid can build a future on.
Burton's bland fifth Hope contemporary (after Love After All) brings architect Reid McCormack back to his hometown of Hope, Okla., where he's renovating the town's historic general store as an investment project with his brothers. Reid has a successful firm in Boston and no plans to stay in Hope, but he's drawn to Samantha Reasor, a local florist. She's taking care of her elderly grandmother and not looking for a casual fling or long-distance romance. Their relationship has all the expected ups and downs, which aren't improved by the generic characterization and standard setting and plot. The prose is clear and clean, offering no particular stylistic pleasures. Nothing ever snaps the novel into focus or brings its themes to life. Reid, Sam, their friends and neighbors, and the narrative are inoffensive, but not especially emotionally effective, unique, or memorable.
Make me....finish this book, ugh
I really struggled staying focused on this story. There didn't seem to be an spark to light the story. Seemed very bland almost painful at times to mull through. Not the standard Jaci story.