I love Kristen Ashley’s work. Her author voice, while it doesn’t always work for everybody, is very distinct and unique. I’ve read almost of all books — devoured them even. But lately, that seems to be changing. The last book I truly loved from her was Rock Chick Revolution, and despite what people deem as her weakest book in the series, I loved it because of Ally. But her last four books has been a miss for me but something about the blurb for this book grabbed me.
I knew I just had to read it, and I am so happy I did because I really enjoyed Amelia and Mickey. Their individual journey, the romance, the way Ms. Ashley navigated the blended family trope was wonderful.
American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew.
Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.
When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene.
Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants everything from him.
The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.
Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street.
But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children.
She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.
I liked Amelia. She was the perfectly flawed KA heroine. Her heroines to me have always been a perfect blend of ballsy and vulnerable, and Amelia perfectly embodies that. She’s made a lot of mistakes that she’s now paying for. Gawd, my heart broke for her. She was in a very bad place when the book started out. This book was very much about Amelia taking back what she lost.
Mickey was the usual KA hero. Gruff, protective, and very alpha. He’s been burned too and he had his moments in this book where I just wanted to hit him upside in the head but unlike his predecessors, he actually says sorry.
This book was slow building. The first part focused more on Amelia’s deteriorating relationship with her kids. The romance started out slow but then it just kept building and building and building. I liked that their conflicts were more organic rather than caused by other people. The insecurities, the fear, the communication problems that Amy and Mickey had to navigate in their relationship were very real to me. And this is the only book from KA where I felt there were no evil exes trying to keep the couple apart. Yes, both Mickey and Amy have a tenuous relationship with their ex, but it wasn’t because they were evil and they’re out to get our main couple. Nope.
The only thing that really bothered me or threw me off were the usual KAisms. Honestly, I’ve come to expect them, so I was kind of prepared for it. But it still threw me off when an American heiress use words like “fuckovalot” in a sentence. It’s weird. Of course, the honeys, the babe, the blossoms, the kiddos were present and accounted for. Plus, I’ve lost count at how many times Mickey flipped Amy during sex. But like I said, I went into this book expecting it. As much as I wish these quirks would disappear, I have a feeling that KA fans would actually miss reading them.
Overall, very solid story and quite enjoyable.