I struggled a little with writing this review. I really wanted to love this book more than I did. It is a sweet story, but just too easy.
I love second chance stories. They are my favorite kinds of books to read because of an already established relationship that is cut short due to choices or circumstances. Logan and Lizbeth have that history. However, what is also necessary is a present day obstacle that they need to overcome together. And here, I think this story falls short. Logan and Lizbeth fall in love in college after Logan breaks up with his high school sweetheart, Bobby Jo. After visiting home during a break, Logan finds out that he is a father. Doing the honorable thing, he breaks up with Lizbeth and marries Bobby Jo. Now that his kids are older and the marriage is over, he makes a play to get Lizbeth back.
Alannah Lynne writes nice prose. There is a ease to her writing. Lizbeth is a really sweet and kind-hearted character. You really can’t help but root for her.
Not so much:
I didn’t connect with Logan. I know he presented as an honorable man. When his kids and ex-wife are displaced by fire, he does the right thing by bringing them in. This is a complicated issue Logan must confront – can he have both his kids and Lizbeth without hurting one or the other? Who is the priority? Will Lizbeth come in second again? The problem I have with this story is that this difficult situation is resolved too easily by Lizbeth’s selflessness. I feel like it is a missed opportunity to explore something deeper. Additionally, Logan’s children are just too easily accepting of Lizbeth up front. I don’t know that one pool party and pizza makes for friends.
I also really don’t understand the introduction of the BDSM club. It doesn’t seem to serve much purpose but to be the location where Lizbeth and Logan reunite. If the club is created to introduce us to Logan’s twin, Lucas, then I will look forward to his story. There are threads introduced here I’m interested in exploring.
IN A NUTSHELL:
If you are looking for a sweet, uncomplicated story, this should be on your bookshelf.