I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Carly Phillips
Released: December 31, 2012
Series: Serendipity's Finest #1
Published by Berkley
“I loved, loved l.o.v.e.d, LOVED this book (yes I sound a bit fangirl-ish)” ~Under the Covers
What can I say? I loved, loved l.o.v.e.d, LOVED this book (yes I sound a bit fangirl-ish). Lets start with the easy things and talk about the story. This book was by far the best this series has to offer as far as combining a great, slightly romantic suspense, contemporary romance. Mike is back in town to fill in as temporary Chief of Police due to his father’s cancer battle. After his brother Sam is in a car accident, he has to take over an investigation he had started on a cold case that slowly uncovers family secrets.
But that’s just about the slight suspense. What I really loved about this book was the characters. They are both badass, alpha in their own ways and just a bit, or more than a bit, damaged.
Mike thinks he is cut from the same cloth as his birth father, and will leave any woman he’s in a relationship with. So he likes to keep things light and always make sure he can walk away. He’s up front and tells women not to have expectations. And that’s how he gets involved with Cara. Cara is a cop, his brother Sam’s partner. They had a one night stand 3 months ago when he was visiting, and now that he’s back they kind of pick up where they left off with the understanding that things will be casual and temporary.
Cara is, as a I said before, damaged in her own way. Her mom is the victim of domestic abuse and still continues to stay in that relationship. This is one thing that hits close to home for Cara and she’s made it a point to help women that are going through that, to get out of that situation.
But together, they compliment each other perfectly. Their chemistry is off the charts, but they are supportive of each other when they need to and know when to give each other space. Mike is, I can almost say, perfect. I don’t mean there’s nothing wrong with him, but he’s the kind of guy any woman would want next to her. He’s intense, he wants deeply, he loves strongly. He’s very alpha with a touch of sweet. Not the funny guy, but the serious one you know you can rely on. He’s swoon-worthy. And Cara is a strong woman, who has been through a lot and has made tough choices in her life. Just the type of heroine I love to read about.
With this book, we are technically moving on to a second trilogy in the Serendipity world. Yes, this is Serendipity # 4. But it could also be considered book one because we are moving away from the Barron brothers and now have a new family to read about, the Marsden. Mike, Sam and Erin. And let me just say that I couldn’t resist reading the teaser from PERFECT FLING, which is about Erin, and I can’t wait to get my paws all over that one. I loooove a good bad boy.
*ARC provided by publisher
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