Published by - Loveswept a Random House imprint
Expected Publish Date – 9th September 2014
Pages – 312
My Rating – 3.5 Stars
They meet on a beach… . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions … and fallen brothers.
They only have a week… . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
But a week is all it takes… . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.
What’s hotter than a sexy man who loves kids? A sexy man in uniform who loves kids!!!
This book was so sweet, it had me in tears on no less than three occasions with the heart breaking drama. It also kept me on the edge of my seat with the flashbacks and the will-they-won’t-they push-pull.
Matt is, as I’ve already stated, one sexy mo-fo. He’s dedicated, loyal and loves Abby with his whole being (not to mention her whole tribe of kids as well!). At first when he was attracted to the pregnant Abby I was a bit worried that this was going to read a lot like he had a pregnancy fetish or something, but the author’s balance of sweet and sexy was right on balance. It wasn’t all about the lust, it was the building love connection that really drew me in.
There were a few things that had me rolling my eyes though, there’s a moment where Matt’s brother, Tony makes what can only be described as a completely outrageous statement. I think if the outburst had been earlier in the book it would’ve worked better than where it had been placed, as it just seemed like it was an added burst of over the top drama, when there really wasn’t any needed in that moment. The other thing that irked me a bit, was the way that Abby was constantly jumping to conclusions without hearing things all the way through. Once or twice would’ve worked, but with everything else going on, these misunderstandings just became too much.
Then we have William. (Insert groan here!) What really annoyed me about this whole ‘love-triangle’ angle was that it was never really a triangle. Abby didn’t have even the slightest interest in the teacher, sure he had feelings towards her, but Abby had made it more than clear that they were unrequited, so Matt’s constant worrying that William was there when he wasn’t shouldn’t have been as big a deal as it was made out to be.
These three issues aside, Matt’s family and Abby’s kids more than make up for funny antics, heart-stoppingly warm moments and scenes that reminded me of my own large and loud family get-togethers with my brothers. As a mother, it is endearing to read a story like this, one that makes you think of a hypothetical what-if. Sure, if I’d been in Abby’s shoes I would’ve probably done an awful lot of things differently, but that this book gets you so involved that you sit there pondering scenarios shows how much you connect with the characters and their struggles.
I gave this book 3.5 stars, if the previous things I mentioned were absent I would’ve given it 5, but as always, this is only my opinion. As a reader, I’ll leave it up to you to make up your own mind.