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Okay, I'm going to be honest with you, I liked this book BUT it felt like it was lacking a few things. Don't get me wrong, the book has plenty of romance and the characters are well liked, the story is original & well written with a good pace. This is the 5th book in the series but it's the first audible has released. It can be treated as a stand alone but I occasionally felt a bit lost with the other secondary characters. Regardless, it doesn't hinder from story. This book is Brynn & Caleb's story which begins with Brynn being in danger after accidentally seeing the men that murdered her ex-husband. Unfortunately, not being able to provide a description of the suspects means that she doesn't qualify for the witness protection, this forces Brynn to count on the support of her family to keep her and her two twins daughters safe. That’s when Caleb enters, one of the hot bunch of Montgomery brothers and an ex-Navy SEAL, takes charge in his alpha male protective role to ensure that Brynna and her two girls, Maddie and Josie are safe from any threats. Caleb is gruff, fiercely protective of his family, has a dark/slightly tortured side, and hides a heart of gold behind a gruff exterior. It becomes obvious that Brynn & Caleb both want each other & have been wanting each other for a long time. The sexual tension and chemistry between Brynna and Caleb are off the charts. So, when they have to live together in the same house, things start to change and neither of them can really stop it. But soon Caleb's past military wounds become roadblocks in their future happiness. I found parts of this story lacked depth and we got short changed with the danger & suspense. Overall, I liked the story and it met with most of my romance novel requirements: a strong lead heroine, a HOT alpha male, humor and heart warming banter between characters, super hot sex (believe me when I say there was no shortage of SEX scenes), and of course a happily ever after ending. It would have been nice if Audible had released the other 4 books in the series first.
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This was a pretty good story. I liked Brynna and Caleb and their story was very good.
Brynna is the BFF of Stacy (the heroine from book #1.5 in the series) and was living out of town until a year before the start of the story. Brynna had been married to a cop but things didn't work out so they were divorced years before. When her ex was killed and it seemed like his murder might cause danger for Brynna and her twin daughters she decided it was time to move back home to Seattle and try to get on with her life.
Caleb is part of the Montgomery family. He used to be a Navy SEAL but left the service after a mission went wrong and Caleb was the only survivor. He now suffers from PTSD and sees himself as a damaged man that's not good enough for anyone. He hasn't gotten involved with any women but he's been very attracted to Brynna since she moved back to town.
When Brynna moved back to Seattle a year ago, she got a job that paid her under the table and rented a house from a friend so she didn't have a paper trail for anyone to use to find her. She's been keeping her head down and thinks that maybe she's ok since it's been a year and there's been no sign that anyone has been after her. Unfortunately, just around this time, Matt Montgomery (the cop of the family) gets some news that makes him think that someone may be after Brynna after all. It's decided that Caleb will move in with Brynna and her twin girls to make sure they're safe. There's been an attraction between Brynna and Caleb for a while but he's always tried to stay away from her. Now that they're under the same roof it's much harder for them to resist each other. Caleb starts running hot and cold on Brynna and she makes it clear that she's not happy about him giving her mixed signals and he'd better get his head on straight before he starts something.
Caleb knows he's damaged and is convinced that Brynna will never want him for good (or that he won't be able to stay with her for some unknown reason) so he wants to stay away from Brynna but can't. Soon things are developing between Brynna and Caleb and it's something very good. Caleb is also very good with Brynna's daughters and since Brynna is a good woman that loves her daughters deeply, seeing him be sweet and loving with them makes Brynna fall for Caleb even faster than normal. There's a little bit of conflict between Caleb and Brynna when it comes to his protection and the restrictions it causes Brynna and her daughters but it's not too bad. The relationship between Caleb and Brynna grows rather silently but strongly as time passes and I liked where things were heading. Unfortunately, Caleb has issues and lets these issues cause him to have a huge bout of relationship dumbassedness and he and Brynna split up for a while as a result. I was very disappointed with Caleb but he does (eventually) pull his head out of his lower orifices and make things right so that he, Brynna and the twins get their HEA together.
This was an enjoyable story. I really liked Brynna and her daughters. I liked Caleb too...except for during his bout of relationship dumbassedness. He made up for it but the whole thing kind of pissed me off. TBH, I might have given this story 5 stars but the whole conflict at the end disappointed me enough that it took it down for me. Of course some people like this kind of drama at the end so other people might find the conclusion of the story works better for them than it did for me. Still, once Caleb got his head on straight the story did end very nicely. Overall, this was a good addition to the series and I'd recommend it. :)
* note - This story was from both Brynna and Caleb's PoVs so there were 2 narrators, a female for the sections from Brynna's PoV and a male for the sections from Caleb's PoV. Both narrators did a very good job.
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