Lucy Marinn’s childhood was great until her sister Alice almost died. When Alice survived, she became the center of attention and happiness of the household at Lucy’s expense. Adult Lucy’s made a successful career of her fascination with art glass, she’s in love and bought a house with her fiancée, Kevin. Life’s great until Kevin comes home and tells her she has to move out so Alice can move in.
Alice doesn’t see the issue since she’ll be a better girlfriend than Lucy could ever be. Lucy feels uneasy as she sits on the deserted beach and Sam nears her with his dog. Unsure if he’s safe, Lucy scurries away and gets scuffed. Local vintner Sam Nolan catches up and after a curt greeting he helps her stop the bleeding and asks her out coffee. She refuses but tells him her first name before they part.
Lucy stays on his mind as Sam goes about making repairs on his dilapidated house. Shocked, betrayed, grieving, confused, angry and homeless, Lucy moves in with friends. Two months later, she’s blindsided when she hears Kevin and Lucy are getting married. Stopping for a drink, Lucy sees Sam. Walking Lucy home, Sam presses hard for a date and after a scorching kiss Lucy feels the need to get away.
With the family torn apart over Alice’s actions, she convinces Kevin to find Lucy a new boyfriend. Kevin asks Sam to romance Lucy. Unaware the men were friendly, Lucy’s furious when she finds out but is grateful Sam was with her when she saw Alice and Kevin for the first time as a couple. Lucy needs Sam’s help a situation kicking them from flirty acquaintance to budding romance.
This reader connected with Lucy and Sam in this emotionally charged sophomore effort from the first paragraph. Mark, Maggie and the not precocious or obnoxious Holly were around for continuity as Alex teed up for his star turn. Overall this full length read offered a more solid foundation for the series than its predecessor and this charming read was so engaging it was hard to put down or want it to end.