This is the first book I've read by this author, and it was an enjoyable experience.
Tess Sommerville is all set to continue living a safe existence by marrying the man her father and stepmother have chosen for her, but when she discovers him with another woman on the night before the wedding, that's all about to change. Getting away from her life and the terrible shock she's received seems like the answer for now.
Taking a chance in a way that is totally unlike herself, Tess decides to take a cross-country trip with a man she adored in high school but hasn't seen in many years. Will Tremere is a good friend of her brother's, and is traveling to bring home a canine companion back to a friend of his, so what could be the harm in tagging along?
Will knows Tess is hurting, and that she's not ready to jump into any kind of relationship with him, but he's drawn to her, and if that means she will accept only his friendship, well, he can live with that. Besides, he'd like the company on his long roadtrip, and even takes some extra time to take Tess to visit her brother, whom she hasn't seen in many years. This time with Charlie proves to be not only cathartic, but also a revelation about many things from her childhood. Tess becomes stronger and more sure of herself the longer she's with Will, and realizes it's time she please herself before worrying about everybody else.
Will Tremere is a wonderful hero that sounds too good to be true. He has no problem dealing with tears, emotional topics, or taking care of her dog. To top it off, he's completely gorgeous, has an easygoing manner and a sexy accent. It did bother me a little that he was so perfect. As much as Tess deserved a good man, Will was a little bit over the top in his perfection. But Ms. Minger makes it work, and by the end of the book, we get our fairytale HEA. And anyone who has a soft spot for dogs will fall in love with Tess' fierce and loyal companion Toby. I'll be keeping this author's other works in mind.