I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All for You by Christi Barth
Series: Shore Secrets #2
Published by Carina Press on February 9, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Small-town park ranger Casey Hobbes has spent her life under the radar, carefully guarding a secret. "The forest flirt," as her best friend calls her, keeps things casual with men. That way she'll never care enough to be tempted to share the truth about her past. But when she spots a half-naked stranger on the lake's edge, Casey can't resist his muscles or his charm and she's all-in for enjoying both, while keeping emotion out of it. What could be the danger of one summer fling?
Professor Zane Buchanan has built his entire career on exposing the dark realities of cults, but one—the Sunshine Seekers—remains infuriatingly impossible to crack. Zane's shocked to discover its sole anonymous survivor is hiding in his new hometown. It's nearly impossible to concentrate on work, however, when he's derailed by his attraction to the beautiful blonde in khaki uniform shorts. As things between Casey and Zane heat up, she struggles with keeping her past from him. And Zane's on a quest to expose the truth, no matter the consequences. Will their growing emotions finally unseal Casey's big secret? Or will she turn her back on love to keep the past safely buried?
Casey Hobbes is a state park forest ranger, pretty and only interested in casual relationships. When she rescues writer and professor Zane Buchanan after his poorly prepared dive into Lake Seneca, her resolve is shaken to her core. And, he thinks he’s stumbled onto the one. He’s not interested in casual so he sets out to win Casey with romance.
A bit of background
Casey has a secret past that only a few people know about and a relationship with Zane poses a serious threat. He’s the one person who could expose her past and break her heart.
What I enjoyed
The romance! Both were used to breezy encounters, fun but without emotional commitment. Zane astutely knew he had to approach Casey differently and I was treated to an old fashioned seduction. Make no mistake, though. He brought the heat. I also was intrigued to learn exactly what happened to her 17 years ago and the details unfolded slowly, but interestingly, throughout the story. It was always in the background and added edge.
The bottom line
I not only liked the storyline and the two main characters but also the inclusion of those from the first book in the series. Their roles were substantive, not just updates. The core group of friends, a beloved staple in Christi’s books, add even more allure. If that’s not enough, there’s a secondary, mature romance brewing. Everything just worked.
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