Tuesday, 3 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #257
What Might Have Been - Kira Sinclair
N.B. This is a North American release.
From the back cover:
"Can sex be better the second time around?
Ainsley Rutherford is about to find out. For the past eight years, she’s desperately tried to forget her first love – sexy, reckless Luke Collier. Of course, working at his family’s orchard isn’t the best way to get over him. She knew he’d show up sooner or later. Still, who’d have guessed she’d fall so willingly into his arms – and his bed – again?
Luke had been dreading coming home to settle his grandfather’s estate. But being with Ainsley again almost makes him forget why he left in the first place. The chemistry between them is as explosive as ever and the sex… Wow! In fact, he’s even starting to rethink his future, giving Ainsley a prominent place in it. Can they really forget the past and make a brand-new start? It’s a tempting thought.
Until he discovers what Ainsley was hiding all those years…"
It has been a while since I have read a Blaze, this one has been on my shelf for a while so I thought I would give it a go.
The heroine Ainsley is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the hero Luke for his grandfather's funeral. Eight years ago Ainsley and Luke had been in love as teenagers, however their relationship ended when Luke left without word, leaving Ainsley broken hearted, abandoned by her father, and pregnant. Ainsley had married Luke's twin brother for security, which Luke was not happy about when he heart, however an accident resulted in the death of Ainsley's husband and the loss of the baby. Ainsley has never truly gotten over this loss but has managed to build a good life for herself managing her in-law's Orchard, now owned by Luke. She knows Luke coming home will mean the end of this, not only will Luke sell the only happy home she has ever known but him being back will bring back all the painful memories. As well as the fierce attraction that still burns between them. Luke know he hurt Ainsley by leaving, and he is devastated to learn the truth of the situation he left her in. He tries to stay away not wanting to hurt her again, but he can't stop thinking about her. Their reconnection is hot and heavy, but loaded with pain that is just waiting to explode.
I was surprised by the level of angst and emotion in this book, for a Blaze I mean. But it really created a very intense mood, making the moments of passion incredibly poignant. The love scenes manage to be blazing hot, as you would want and expect from a Blaze, but also full of emotion and not at all gratuitous. The backstory is introduced well and helps create depth of feeling between the hero and heroine.
If I have one complaint, it is that while the hero full admits to acting awful in the past he never really apologies for it, and that kinda didn't sit well for me.
But, this is a nice read; emotional and hot! Just what I needed on a cold December day!