When Chance McCallister left her to join the Navy SEALS, Mandy Loomis was devastated. Now, more than ten years later, Chance and his brothers are back in town for their father’s funeral, but Mandy is no longer that moon-eyed teenager she once was. She’s a fiercely independent woman determined to solve her own problems—and she has plenty.
When her gambler father died two years prior, he left Mandy—along with a successful auto repair business—with a ton of debt owed to a ruthless loan shark. Mandy is barely getting by, and when her mechanic quits, she’s in a real bind. It just so happens, Chance is willing to help out. Sure, Chance is bigger, stronger, and sexier than ever, but Mandy isn’t interested in anything but his mechanical skills. Or maybe just a bit interested in his kissing skills—which, by the way, are just as good as she remembers.
Mandy wasn’t the only one brokenhearted when they were just teens. Chance never did get over his first love, and seeing her now only brings back those feelings in a major way. He’s grown up a lot since he left their little town, and now that he’s home, he’s determined to win back the girl he never should have lost. If only he can convince Mandy that he can protect her from the loan shark and his thugs, and that she doesn’t have to protect her heart from him.
But just as the two are beginning to realize they’re meant to be together, the loan shark makes things more than just a little precarious, putting both their love and their lives in danger.
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I love me a second chance and I adore a military hero. Give me both in one book and throw in a bit of a psychological thriller and I’m willing to be a fan for life. Chance and Mandy have enough chemistry to level a small city. It comes with two lifetimes of unresolved emotional baggage that were almost heartbreaking to witness. I loved watching this pair interact. Chance is all alpha, but Mandy’s no pushover and she stands her ground when it’s needed. I can’t wait to read about the other two brothers, at least in part because I’m hoping these two are going to be in background livening things up.
I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through Booksprout.