Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common…
And it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie—and Lucy's best friend—who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jessie's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll steer clear of her. She's always been trouble with a capital T.
Lucy couldn't wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she's back in Hope's Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she'd managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering….
Thayne's seventh Hope's Crossing contemporary (after Christmas in Snowflake Canyon) is a nice quick beach read. Lucy Drake fled the small town of Hope's Crossing years ago, opting for the busy corporate life rather than the slower pace of the tiny resort hamlet. Now, after the death of her beloved great-aunt and a devastating career setback, she's returned to regroup and figure out her next steps. Brendan Caine, the man she's quietly loved for years, married her best friend, and is now a widower with two adorable children. As Lucy and Brendan reconnect, they discover more about each other, including a simmering mutual attraction. The story features a standard, formulaic, feel-good plot that's short on imagination but makes up for it with plenty of emotional satisfaction. Quirky characters and references to connected stories will please series fans.