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Series: Guthrie Brothers #2
Publisher: Harlequin HQN on June 25, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Ready or not…love will find a way
Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be.
Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Worth the Wait by Lori Foster
The Verdict: It seems I’m on an unofficial quest to read all things Lori Foster, so when I happened across the Guthrie Brothers series on NetGalley, I grabbed ’em. Didn’t even read the synopsis because… Lori Foster. It seems I neglected to post my review of the first book, so this will be out of order, but I don’t think that really spoils anything. We all know that Foster delivers happily ever afters like no other author can.
Hogan, burned by his late wife, has been doing everything he can to take care of his teenage son Colt and make sure he has every opportunity for the future he deserves. Right now, that means working full time in accounting and then picking up shifts as the pit master at a local diner. He’s got plenty of interest in women, but none whatsoever in commitment, since Colt is his top priority. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t mind spending a lot more time with Violet, the fiery owner of the diner and his very tempting boss.
Meanwhile, Nathan is the local sheriff, a former SWAT officer who’s settled down and moved on from his previously too exciting and ultimately tragic job. Life’s been pretty simple lately, but his police instinct has him convinced something is going on with his beautiful but stand-offish new neighbor. She won’t give him the time of day, but he’s got all the time in the world when it comes to getting her attention.
In many ways, this series is quite a bit different from Foster’s books that I’m used to reading. Normally her heroes are somewhat larger than life — bodyguards and MMA fighters, big brutes with honorable hearts and a knack for finding romance. But Hogan and Nathan, while considerably hot, are more normal guys, just men living in a town where they’re going about their lives.
I half expected to be a bit frustrated by the shifts in the story, going from Hogan’s perspective to Nathan’s. But it was easier to follow than I thought it would be, and as their stories intertwined, it was like reading one big romance with double the HEA possibilities. Hogan’s initial refusal to even consider a commitment worked my nerves a bit, but that had nothing to do with the writing. His feelings made perfect sense; I just hate it when characters let one really awful experience turn them against the possibility of another shot. Fortunately, Violet was pretty awesome, and Hogan quickly began to realize that. Nathan’s mysterious neighbor also surprised me. Yes, she tried to keep Nathan at arm’s length — actually, she tried not to interact with anyone else at all — but she wasn’t so immune to the kindness people showed her, and she soon found herself with a decent group of friends in Nathan, Logan, Violet, and even Colt. Her bit of mystery and danger, while not necessarily an every day thing in most people’s rather normal lives, wasn’t so far fetched, either. So she was pretty easy to relate to in that sense. And Colt. I can’t even explain how much I love that kid! He’s the perfect teenage boy without being completely unrealistic, and I absolutely loved his relationship with his dad and with Violet. It’s probably way too soon, but what I wouldn’t give to read his story!
Overall, Worth the Wait was a relaxing, fun, surprisingly quick read, with two great love stories (three, if you count Colt’s budding romance with Cherish), and a great little glimpse into the lives of everyday people finding romance.
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