Series: Serendipity #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley on 6 September 2011
Reading Challenges: 2013 Bachelorette Challenge
Faith Harrington had it all until her father got sent to jail. She lost her house, her money and more importantly, other people’s respect. Now she’s back and trying to make it as an interior designer. She thinks things can’t get any worse but then she discovers that the bad boy Ethan who once stole a kiss from her, now owns her family home.
It may sound silly but losing everything was probably the best thing that could have happened to Faith. For once she had to work hard for what she wanted rather than everything being handed to her on a silver platter. Choosing to set up a business in a town that hated her father makes things even harder than it needed to be. She has faults but being a coward isn’t one of them. Faith also has the fortitude to put up with all of the insults and nasty comments that get flung her way. Her father was the criminal not her but the town finds it hard to differentiate between the two.
Ethan too has earned the ire of the town. The resident bad boy escaped town and joined the military. He later became a successful businessman but others (including his own brothers) still mistrust him. His life becomes even more complicated when a sister, Tess, he never knew he had is dumped on his doorstep. Watching him get to know this disengaged emo teen was good as it revealed a gentler side of his personality. He had a chance to start to make up for all the hurt he caused in the past. Ethan and Faith’s relationship was suitably sexy but they had a lot of barriers to break down before they could get their HEA.
The flashbacks were sweet but they could have been handled a little better as they affected the pace of the novel. I also wish there had been less ‘telling’ and more ‘showing’. The story isn’t overly complicated but it was really satisfying and I particularly enjoyed watching Ethan and Faith rekindle their romance.