on 2 August 2010
There's something about this book that lifted it above the sum of its parts and meant that I enjoyed more than I expected. I can't quite put my finger on what I liked - it wasn't particularly either the hero or heroine - but perhaps it's more down to the overall idea, that a career woman can return to her dusty hometown in Ohio and rediscover what's good about small-town life.
Part of what's good is the local Policeman Mike Romo, although initially things aren't promising. It doesn't help that there's a family feud between the Romos and the Farris family, so when Rachel Farris first meets Mike Romo she's not inclined to like him. However a physical attraction soon turns into something more and she starts to rediscover a different world, one in which she just might want to live.
What was unusual about this book was that there was no `baddie' as such and not even any great misunderstanding between hero and heroine. It was all quite gently written with the characters slowly learning about each other and re-evaluating their priorities and past mistakes. There was plenty of sex in this book - perhaps a bit more than necessary - and this is part of my problem with both characters, who seem fairly egocentric. I also wasn't too keen on the fact that a sign of Mike's mellowing was that he was now able to break the law and to let Rachel off when she was speeding - I felt this rather diminished his `good guy' status if he could do favours for his lover and he himself ignored some of his principles.
Still, this book was a good read and its gentle pacing make it right for a quiet day.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book (c) Helen Hancox 2010