on October 21st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
It’s Beck O’Loughlin’s job to keep people safe, but what he never bargained for was having to keep his former high school sweetheart and love of his life, Kelsey Walters, safe after walking away from her ten years ago.
Beck, now a hardened Boston detective and Kelsey, an inn owner in their small touristy town of Rockport, Massachusetts, find themselves struggling with the harsh reality that Kelsey’s life may be in serious danger.
Stalked and tormented by an ex-boyfriend, she begins to realize his threats are very much real. All she wants is to feel normal again and that’s when Beck shows up, bound and determined to save her.
But protecting Kelsey isn’t the only thing on Beck’s mind when their sexual tension steams hotter than a New England summer. Being this close begins to test both of their resolve, as emotions run high and all the feelings from the past begin to resurface.
Will they be able to grab onto this second chance at love, or will outside dangers threaten their chance at happiness?
If you’re looking for a sweet and sexy second chance romance with a great story line that includes some mystery, look no further!! I got completely hooked by the storyline, I was curious as to when Kelsey’s stalker would get caught and I was most importantly waiting for Beck (sexy as F detective) to finally decide he could be back in the small town and be with his girl.
Beck and Kelsey dated for years when they were younger, they were the talk of the town and everyone was in their business expecting them to get married and have kids right away. That’s part of the bad thing about small towns, they were so up in their business that Beck felt like he was suffocating and wanted to leave Rockport for Boston. Kelsey always planned to help run her families bed and breakfast and didn’t want to give up that dream. With them both wanting different things in their lives…no matter how much they loved each other, neither was willing to bend.
Beck learns from his brother, who is the sheriff of Rockport, that Kelsey is in danger and has a stalker. He is immediately scared for the love of his life and comes back to Rockport to help protect her. I absolutely loved the fierce need that Beck has to protect Kelsey. No matter how much Kelsey yells at him and tells him that she doesn’t need him, he keeps sticking around and will do anything to protect her. I could completely understand Kelsey’s frustrations with Beck and her questions of why now? Why are you back now and couldn’t stay before? And the biggest question of all….how can she protect her heart when she knows she is still in love with him even after all these years, it’s inevitable – once her stalker is caught he’s going to leave her again and go back to Boston.
“I don’t just love this woman; I need her too. Every single part of me needs her and wants her. And because of that, I need to protect her, watch over her and make sure nothing hurts her again. Including me.”
One thing I have to say that I didn’t really like about the book; I wish we got glimpses into their relationship when they were younger. I didn’t quite feel the connection and the hurt of Beck leaving for Boston. I believe if I got to see how connected they were and how much they loved each other when they were younger I would’ve been more heartbroken when he left and way more ecstatic when he came back – I think a few flash backs or a few chapters in the beginning that was them when they were younger would’ve built the connection more for me.
Not only did I love Beck and Kelsey’s hot sexual chemistry but I completely loved the secondary characters; Kelsey’s best friend Erin and Beck’s partner Ryan. Erin is hilarious, sassy and won’t take shit from anyone. Throughout the story we follow not only the progress of Kelsey, Beck and the stalker situation but we also get to follow the blossoming hateful/loving (confusing right?!) relationship between Ryan and Erin. I was happy to find out that the second book is all about these two…yippiieee!! Can’t wait for the second book! Great first book from Claire Raye!
“Well I fucking need you, Kels.”