Off the Hook by Laura Drewry

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 27th February 2016
Off the Hook by Laura DrewryOff the Hook by Laura Drewry
Series: Fishing for Trouble #1
Published by Loveswept on April 12th 2016
Pages: 257
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four-stars

Major league pitcher Liam O'Donnell knows his best days are probably behind him, but that doesn't mean he's ready to retire and become a fishing guide. Still, after all the time he's spent chasing his dreams, he owes it to his brothers to pull his weight around the lodge. The Buoys is their father's legacy, and they can't let some developer take it from them. The one snag Liam isn't counting on is a blast from the past: his ex-wife.
The moment Kate Hadley steps out of the seaplane, she knows this assignment is going to be trickier than she thought. She has to persuade the owners to sell—and one of them is Liam O'Donnell. Ten years ago, she made the biggest mistake of her life when she married Liam during a fling in Vegas. Now he's her only lifeline in the middle of nowhere. Kate's trying to keep things cool, but Liam just reminds her of the scorching few nights they spent together—and tempts her to make new memories that are just as steamy as the old.

With a failed, one-day old wedding firmly put in the past where it ought to be, Kate Hadley makes her way to a small fishing port, determined to work her way up to property manager of the very development that her boss has fixed his eye on eventually purchasing. But the biggest surprise awaiting Kate is that fickle and rather shallow ex-husband of hers, who had once thoughtlessly put his career above everything else, including her. Caught between a rock and a hard place, she has no choice but to hunker down and work with him and his brothers – and risk losing her heart a second time when all the stakes are once again against her.

Even as the outsider, Kate’s admirable resilience and iron-clad determination kept me firmly on her side from the very start of the book. I only wished I could say the same of Liam O’Donnell’s own cowardly ways when it came to her, or that that he’d fought way harder than he did for this woman who was worth so much. Yet ‘Off the Hook’ seems like a promising start to a series that I could get into, with sharply-drawn characters who struggle to get their barely-floating family business off the ground while grappling with their own broken pasts. It isn’t anything less that what I’ve come to expect of Laura Drewry’s writing, after all.

four-stars

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