After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.
Devoted single dad Dane Madden knows he hurt Neely in the worst way. He’s got a lot to make up for. And as passionate as their reconnection is, it’s a lot to hope for. Having her back in his arms feels so right. But falling in love all over again with a woman who wants to live a world away is bound to go so wrong.
What’s it going to take for Neely to give him—and Dogwood Lane—just one more chance?
3 out of 5 stars
|This was a second chance romance, which I usually really love, but I’m torn on how I feel about this book. I really liked the setting of Dogwood Lane. It gave a really nice, comfortable small-town feel which is something that I like to have in a story.
Honestly I didn’t really care for any of the characters except for Mia. I mean… the circumstances of her conception wasn’t her fault and she’s a pretty great kid. I just couldn’t fully root for Dane and Neely. I’m not okay with the fact that Dane broke up with Neely just so she could go off to New York and be whoever/whatever she wanted to be, ultimately making that decision for her. I’m also not okay with all of the back and forth that Neely was doing once she returned to Dogwood Lane.
If you don’t want to get caught up with your ex and feel all those old feelings, then fine. Great. Good for you. Neely stayed firm for a bit but then she started all of this back and forth which drove me absolutely crazy. She knew it was going to hurt, yet she just kept spending more time with Dane and Mia, knowing how it was going to end, and ultimately hurting them when she did in fact leave. It just didn’t sit well with me.
I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to read the next book in this series. The next book features Haley, a secondary character in this story, and I wasn’t all that fond of her character either. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.