The irresistible O’Donnell brothers return in a charming novel from the bestselling author of Off the Hook (“The perfect balance of sweet, sexy, and wonderfully romantic.”—Lauren Layne).
Hope Seaver is an up-and-coming TV producer tackling the hardest gig of her career: a reality show set at the Buoys, a scenic fishing destination owned by three handsome, stubborn brothers. Liam and Finn O’Donnell are willing to tolerate her crew for the sake of the business, but Ronan would rather chew off a limb than open up on camera. Somehow Hope has to convince him of her good intentions—and stop herself from swooning every time Ronan walks into the frame.
Ronan knows that he’s the reason his brothers gave up their old lives to run the Buoys, and he needs to make it worth their while. So if this out-of-towner with the kind eyes and dazzling smile wants to give them the free publicity they desperately need, Ronan can’t say no. He just won’t let himself get burned again by a double-dealing woman. But what if Hope’s good-girl routine isn’t an act? When Ronan lets his guard down long enough to catch a glimpse of the real Hope, he likes what he sees—enough to give love another shot.
4.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
I did not expect Ronan’s story to be my favourite. And I’m still not entirely sure he does beat out Finn, but holy cow did he at least tie Finn. I really couldn’t get a feel for Ronan at all, in the previous books, and so I guess I didn’t quite know what to expect. Not only that, but you don’t meet the heroine until this book, so I was just coming in blind to this story. And I ended up with the sweetest romance that just had me grinning all over the place. And then, because that’s the way Ms. Drewry rolls, she had to get me crying at the end too.
Hope sold me on this story from the first line. And it wasn’t just that it was because she was referencing a town in my home province of Saskatchewan, it was all her nervous fact-spouting. She was just quirky and adorable, and I could really vibe with her. I liked how she was an intriguing mix of shy and unsure at times, but bold and take charge/go after what she wants at others. I know that sounds too contradictory, but it really worked for her. It was like she wasn’t afraid to acknowledge what she wanted, and then pull on her big girl panties and give it a go. And it made sense given her backstory. And she maintained that inner conflict right to the end. I wanted to stand up and cheer with how she dealt with Ronan at the end…Hope is my hero.
And Ronan. Yes, Ronan was gruff and grumbly and a bit short-tempered, and inarticulate…but OMG, he was just so freaking adorable inside. He made you want to hug him. You could almost feel his confusion, and the inner conflict going on inside of him. Each O’Donnell boy just surprises me with how much hurt they held inside, and I guess I just never really anticipated how hard it was for him as the eldest. And I LOVED that he was the cook!! I could just picture him in that apron, baking pies, and *drool* And then there’s the addition of JD. Could you get any cuter??
But it was how he felt about Hope that really sold him for me. He was just as enthralled with her as she was with him, and watching them dance around each other, and blush and get flustered, and just GAH! It’s everything I love about a sweet romance you know? And it’s not that we don’t get some steamy stuff, but it actually takes them quite a while to get there, and you really feel the love that develops between them. I think that moment on the boat fishing is what sold it for me. Well, the whole fishing scene. It really showcased who they each were, and how they would work together.
And it’s funny, I wasn’t getting too choked up with the backstories and was wondering if this would be less angsty (I do kind of wish that Hope’s backstory had gotten more time or something…it was heartbreaking, but it was told so quickly that it wasn’t as impactful). So I’m going along, and then BAM! Ms. Drewry hits you right between the eyes and I’m crying away (much to my husband’s dismay and worry). So wait for it readers, it’s a doozy. And I loved the way that twist hit. I didn’t see it coming, and yet it was so necessary for the whole series. And I loved the explanation. It confirmed my suspicions, and was so real and accurate and heartbreaking.
So yeah, while this series may not have grabbed me from the first book, it really ended with a bang. My only complaint is that the cover does not look like the Ronan in my head at all…too young or something. 😉