I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hideaway Cove by Anna Sullivan
Series: Windfall Island #2
Published by Forever on July 29, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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SOME PASSIONS CAN'T BE DENIED . . .
Jessi Randal walked away from her last relationship with a baby and a broken heart. Now, years later, the last thing this single mom wants is to give Windfall Island—and all its nosy residents—anything more to gossip about. But the moment she lays eyes on the tall, sexy stranger with the slow Southern drawl, she knows she's in delicious trouble . . .
Holden Abbot is on the island to find the missing heir to the Stanhope family fortune. It's his job to charm as many secrets out of the town as possible. And if he can charm Jessi into his bed, even better. When all evidence points to her as the heir, a dangerous enemy sets his sights on Jessi and her son. Now Holden will have to risk everything to protect the family he's come to love.
This series has one story arc for the mystery but each book focuses on a new romance.
Jessi Randal wound up pregnant and alone at 16-years old when her boyfriend bailed. With her mother’s help, she raised her son, Benji, now 7-years old, on her own and carved out a career for herself as the business manager for her friend Maggie’s helicopter charter service on Windmill Island. She vowed to remain single and romance free until Benji was ready to leave home but sexy genealogist Holden (Hold) Abbott has thrown a huge wrench in that notion.
What I enjoyed
As Benji is the center of Jessi’s world, he plays a prominent role in the story. Sometimes children make a love story awkward but Benji isn’t precocious or overly cute. He’s very much his mother and a reflection of her values. So, when you get Benji, you get Jessi. Hold is seriously charming and he needs all of it to crash through Jessi’s barriers. He made the romance compelling, counter balancing her frequent resistance (which was often annoying). Things get extremely interesting when Benji’s father returns after an eight-year absence.
The search for Eugenia Stanhope’s heir continues and pretty much languishes until nearly the end of the story. It was exciting and made up for things moving so slowly earlier. Plus, significant progress was made.
The bottom line
I liked this story much more than the first book though Jessi is yet another stubborn heroine when it comes to the romance. However, between Benji and Hold, the romance worked and the climax left me wanting more of this series. By the way, it really needs to be read in order.
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