At first glance, Haleigh is no longer the girl Cooper pined for in school. The sleek, professional OB-GYN seems more out of reach than ever for this small-town mechanic. But the more time he spends with the complicated woman, the more he wants her. Who better than Cooper to prove to her that nothing is beyond fixing? Especially in Ardent Springs, a town that’s tailor-made for second chances.
Before I do this, I have to say that I really do love Terri Osburn. Her Anchor Island series is a favorite of mine. So when I saw this book was available on NetGalley, I downloaded immediately. It pains me to say I’m sorry I did.
First, the good. The writing is stellar (as always). The dialogue is great. Secondary characters are fun and deep without intruding too much on the main characters. And Cooper? He’s a dream hero. Sensitive but not weak, good with his hands (he’s a mechanic, y’all...minds out of the gutter), and just an all around great guy. The heroine? Pfffttt. Not so much.
Haleigh spent the better part of the book insisting that she wasn’t good enough for Cooper, and it didn’t long before I agreed with her. The constant whining and her pathetic need to please her Mommy Dearest of a mother made me want her dead by chapter five. And when she pretended she wasn’t with Cooper just so her mother wouldn’t find out she’d been screwing a lowly mechanic? I almost threw my Kindle against the wall. And I LOVE my Kindle, people. It’s like one of my kids. So, the fact that I was ready to hurl it at a wall should tell you how much I HATED Haleigh as a character.
Will this stop me from reading future books in the series? No. Like I said, I love the author, and usually, I love her characters. This one just wasn’t for me. I’m assuming it’s a fluke.
And with that, I raise my middle fingers high and say, suck it, Haleigh!!
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