Series: Sergeant Joe's Boys #1
Published by Loveswept on April 19th 2016
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No one understands family loyalty like Jack McShane. He’d do anything to honor his foster father’s last wishes, even if it means putting his own plans on hold to manage Joe’s construction business. An ex–Special Forces operative, Jack thrives on the thrill of globe-hopping rescues. But now he’s needed closer to home. His foster mother has her hands full with a troubled teen, and when Jack meets the hired tutor, he discovers a woman who stirs his protective instincts—and his deepest desires. Caitlyn Curtis knows that good looks can hide a hot temper. After an abusive marriage crushed her dreams of a happy ending, she swore off men—until one intoxicating dance in Jack’s strong arms breaks down every emotional barrier. Tough but tender, he leaves Caitlyn yearning for more of his gentle seduction. Despite the violence he’s seen, Jack is a good man. And even though passion can be dangerous, the promise of Jack’s kiss tempts her to believe that love is a risk worth taking.
A sweet, easy read that’s unusual in having the romance almost as a sub-plot rather than the main one. I’d never expected to read about the relationship between an ex-soldier and a troubled teen on the streets and it didn’t take too long before I was caught up in the domestic conflict, as well as the growing attraction between Jack and Caitlyn.
It’s a little too cookie-cutter sweet for me though (or maybe I’ve simply become accustomed to high-octane, James Bondesque intrigue even in a small town setting), but this was definitely a change in gear – and not altogether an unpleasant one.