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Hope shook her head. “You’re as much an idiot now as you were then.”
And then she kissed him.
It caught him a little off guard—he hadn’t expected her to be the one to make the first move, especially after the way the scene in the bathroom had gone down—but Daniel wasted no time taking control. He kissed down her neck, sliding his hands beneath her shirt and skating them up to her body to cup her breasts. They filled his palms, familiar and yet not, all at the same time. He cursed. “Gorgeous Darling, the things you do to me.” He nipped her collarbone. “I’m going to taste you, so if you’re going to change your mind, now’s the time to do it.”
Her only response was to shove her yoga pants down to her knees.
He lifted her onto the counter and disentangled her right leg from the pants so he could spread her fully. He stroked her thighs, pausing when his fingers met the scar. It brought up so many conflicting feelings in him. It was his fault that she had the damn thing, but that didn’t mean he thought of her as less, the way she seemed to think. She was as beautiful now as she’d been at eighteen, and more confident despite her injury. Or maybe because of it. He had no idea.
I went into this series having never read the other books so I was unfamiliar with the characters. So this review will be from the standpoint of only reading this book alone.
The premise intrigued me but I couldn't find myself in love with this book.
Hope Moore is back in Devil's Falls to start a scholarship fund in her brother's name and memory. Being away for the past 13 years after the tragic loss of her brother in a car accident that also left her injured and dumped by her love. Daniel Rodriguez was the driver when a car hit him causing the death of his best friend and injuring his girlfriend, something that he still wrestles with 13 years later. When they finally meet up again, their passion ignites and a few weeks later the result of that passion results in their lives being intertwined forever. Will they be able to make it work and turn their tragic past into a bright future?
The chemistry between the characters was there but it didn't feel like a well-developed story. Danny's guilt while understandable was at times annoying, sometimes you just wanted to slap him for some of the choices he kept making. I think if it were longer and some of the characters were further along growth wise, I think I would have loved this story. The ending also felt rushed, like I'm sorry and I'm gonna marry you in your timeline, just give me a price, and all is right as rain. It doesn’t make you feel comfortable about their union that it will last. It definitely could have benefited from a few extra chapters.
I will definitely read the entire series and maybe then I will have a different opinion after. For now it stands at 3 stars.