Series: Love emergency #3
on April 17th 2017
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Ten years ago when Shane Maguire chose the Marines as his escape from some trouble of his own making, he only regretted one thing—leaving Sinclair Smith behind. Despite his best intentions, she ended up as the one that got away. Now he’s back, determined to reclaim everything he gave up, including Sinclair.
Sinclair is immune to Shane’s charms. She’s immune to stolen kisses behind the gym. And she’s definitely immune to that maneuver he did in the back seat of his car… Okay, maybe her hormones are susceptible, but she has absolutely no desire to risk anything on the bad boy who broke all his promises.
When a little emergency lands her at his mercy, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse. And this time, she’ll show Shane what it means to be left wanting…
A ten-year separation – due to circumstances that were truly out of their control – isn’t that difficult to get over the moment a dance during a wedding reminds both Sinclair and Shane of the spark that had never died between them.
For Sinclair, apart from her memories of him, Shane isn’t the bad boy in town who had no future to his name any longer; he’s now a respected emergency manager with so much experience in doing what he does. And as impressive as it is to see what he had made of his life, it’s how impulsively and wholly they loved each other back then that has her evaluating their relationship. Tragedy, however, has made her wary of every good thing that might come her way and Shane, from the onset, is determined to convinced her that fate will not outrun them this time.
There was a lot to savour about this book – the moment I got past my wariness about second-chances romance – not least of all, it’s really about Samanthe Beck’s fluid writing and her beautifully detailed descriptions of Sinclair’s and Shane’s personal battles to become the people they are today. Tangled up in their burgeoning relationship is also a zoning matter that threatens Sinclair’s home and tests her trust in Shane, but there isn’t mistaking the heat that can and still exist between them despite this difficulty. I also liked Shane’s fast and furious all-in stance (a far cry from too many male protagonists in books these days) and how he’d never let up in his efforts to win her back, though it truly wasn’t quite his fault when he left and never came back. In short, Beck not only makes the 10-year separation acceptable, but their coming back together a believable one. Once I breathed a sigh of relief at that, the story was all a-go for me.
The epilogue wraps up this series quite perfectly: men in a domesticated scene (and struggling with it), getting into trouble only just as the women return home to witness it. But Beck injects so many feels and so much poignant emotion into it that you can quite believe that these couples are truly living their HEA.