by Tina Wainscott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Race car mechanic Raleigh West works day and night, trying to put his broken past—and the girl who’d grown far more than a summer romance—out of mind. It’s been seven years since the fiery crash that landed her in the hospital . . . and him in jail. In an instant, he lost his passion for racing, the only girl he loved, and all hope of escaping his white-trash legacy. Raleigh hasn’t seen her since that awful night. Never got a chance to apologize. And never forgave himself.
When brave, beautiful Mia Wentworth returns to the Florida coast for her grandmother’s funeral, she can feel Raleigh’s presence like a gust of wind that gives her goose bumps. Opening her heart to him again seems impossible. But staying away? That might be harder still.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review*
I really wanted to love this story. I enjoy the 2nd chance romances. The problem with this is that Mia has forgiven Raleigh, but he can't forgive himself. There's no issues or drama between them. They are so sappy and into each other, I felt that the story wasn't going anywhere. Then we have this forced drama almost at the end of the book, and it seemed to have been just thrown in there to make it longer.
Had there been conflict or tension between the two characters the whole way through, it would have played out better.
I enjoyed the 2 very damaged people aspect. Between the accident/cancer, it was great. The poor characters never caught a break and it just felt forced. If this was a short novella of happy reunion romance, fine, but as a full length book that just never ends, I was disappointed in it.
Tina Wainscott is the USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books with romantic thrills and suspenseful chills. A happy ending is a must, but the road to it is full of ravines and shaky bridges. In her Random House FALLING series, each couple must overcome rocky pasts to find love. In her Justiss Alliance series, five Navy SEALs take the fall for a covert mission gone wrong and join a private agency that exacts justice outside the law. www.tinawainscott.com
As Jaime Rush, Tina is the author of the Hidden series, featuring humans with the essence of dragons, angels, and magic, and the award-winning Offspring series, about psychic abilities and government conspiracies. www.jaimerush.com.