Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Avon on 31 December 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 Ides of March
Firefighter and former marine Jackson Wilder doesn’t know how to deal with his former best friend Abigail Morgan. He shared an awful lot of firsts with her but then she abandoned him for the bright lights of the biggest city. Now she is back in town after her marriage failed and he can’t resist the urge to get in touch with her again.
Jackson is the epitome of a clueless male who doesn’t know what he had until he lost it. He had feelings for Abby but doesn’t want to pursue them in case he lost her but his seeming ambivalence made her leave the first time. He tried a relationship with another woman but still carried a torch for Abby. I enjoyed him most as a character when he was interacting with his daughter. He let her put makeup on him, knows a huge amount of Disney movie references and tries to put her needs first. There are hints at PTSD that probably weren’t needed as he was complex enough as a character – particularly when his ex and Abby started to become friends.
Abby returned to Sweet ostensibly to get her parents’ house ready for sale. She is at somewhat of a loose end after her sham of a marriage ended and Sweet acts like a soothing balm. She slots back into her old ways fairly quickly and with a little help from Jackson’s mother, reignites their friendship. So much of Abby’s back story relates to her ex husband and the insensitive way he treated her. I would have liked more on how she acted before he turned her into a perfect mannequin.
The romance itself is fairly predicable but the journey along the way is enjoyable. One issue I have is that I still can’t tell the Wilder brothers apart as there isn’t that much to distinguish their voices or appearances. I suspect they will be fleshed out properly when they get their own book but it is a mite confusing at times when there are three of them together. All in all, an enjoyable quick read.