Beth is drowning a bit in taking care of three kids, one of which has turned into a surly teenager, working as a nurse, and dealing with her grief over losing her older sister. Before moving to Mirabelle, she broke up with her boyfriend and she’s not sure she’s ready for a relationship again or if it will be good for the kids.
I really liked Beth and Tripp as characters and as a couple. It’s not as common for me to really like both hero and heroine in a book, but it happened this time. This book was pretty drama free and I’m thankful for that. Beth and Tripp’s relationship was pretty drama free until the last 10% when they had the inevitable fight and even that was resolved pretty quickly. I can’t say I have complaints about that because I needed something without too much drama. Tripp is a great hero, confident, sweet, but just alpha enough. He’s supportive of Beth and he really comes to love the kids and care for them. Beth is very sweet, and a little naughty, and just an all around nice person.
Romance novels with kids involved usually follow the pattern of “I can’t let him/her around my kids until I’m sure because I don’t want them getting attached”. And though this makes perfect sense for a single parent to think this way, sometimes it’s tiring. Beth thought about Tripp’s affect on the kids but she didn’t agonize about it and she saw that the attachment went both ways and that Tripp’s presence in the kids’ like was actually good for them.
I also enjoyed seeing the couples from the previous books, though it’s been a little while and I had to get everyone straight at first. But it was nice to see the continuation of their stories. And I loved the epilogue because it was a little different than the usual epilogue for a romance novel. I wish there could have been more of Hamilton since I really liked his character in Unstoppable, but he and Nora are on the outs in this book so we only see him on the edges of the story line.
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Country Roads #6 • Romance, Contemporary • Forever Romance • November 1, 2016
It’s been a tough year for Beth Boone. She’s lost the person she cared about the most: her big sister. But Beth isn’t grieving alone. She’s now guardian to her sister’s three children and though she loves them fiercely, so far she’s not exactly winning at parenting. In this noisy, peanut-butter-everywhere chaos, there is no calm. None. So Beth has zero patience with the infuriating guy next door-not to mention his destruct-o “puppy”-wreaking more havoc in her life.
Except that Tripp Black is all muscles, deep brown eyes, and lips that promise way-too-delicious things. Every time Tripp and Beth confront each other, there’s an undercurrent of red-hot sexual tension, one that threatens to break down all her carefully constructed walls. She’s been burned before, and Tripp is a self-proclaimed bachelor for life. There’s no way that Beth’s too-hot-neighbor-from-hell could ever be the man for her-until their uncontrollable attraction becomes so much more.