Series: True North, #4
Published by Rennie Road Books on October 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.
Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.
Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.
Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.
Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.
Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.
“When I stopped at the door to Nicole’s room, I beheld the sort of scene that lit up my ovaries like a pinball machine.”
I think I spent a good part of this reading experience feeling all kinds of hormonal reactions. Ovaries exploding aside, this story really tugged at my heartstrings. I loved the evolution of characters and often felt a pin prick of tears as Zara and Dave interact and bonded. Over the course on two summers Zara and Dave lives are forever changed.
Zara has always been a spitfire and her strong personality always came through loud and clear. But time and motherhood has softened her. As Dave comes back into her life, she has to learn to take chances that go against the very grain of who she is, who she’s become. David Beringer is a sexy and surprisingly sensitive man who elicits strong reactions from women (and girls), and Bowen knows exactly how to convey these characteristics. He’s also convinced himself he’s not at all a family man, but really his family is just small.
Zara and Dave have an electric connection. When they first meet it’s very carnal and most definitely a summer fling. Two summers later, with Dave’s Vermont vacation, they face the hard reality that they will be forever linked and that brings me to the true star of the story, Nicole. Zara is a great mother and Bowen channels that into this story. The bond Zara has with Nicole is enough to make me weepy, but my heart fluttered as Dave begins to build a relationship with his daughter and comes to realize what’s important in life.
There’s a reason why Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite authors and one to consider a #OneClick. Both her dialogue writing and storytelling is beautiful. The plots well developed and the association between series makes me feel like I’m a part of a special club. Another 5 Star read from Sarina Bowen!!
~Review by Cyndi