The Bad Boy Is Back
Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.
Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .
I love a friends to lovers story.
I also love them when there is a bit of a twist.
In this one, Charlie was best friends with Rae, Evan's late wife. So, there was a connection that went all the way back to when they were teenagers, when Charlie had a crush on Evan and when he chose Rae.
They had a history, they had a deep connection that was so much more than just people who knew one another. I loved that this was not only addressed, that it was honored. I melted when he tells her that he couldn't go back and pick her first, and she realizes she wouldn't want him to. So perfect, and so true. Where they are now is a product of where they have been, and of all their experiences.
I loved Evan. He is so strong, so capable and because of this, so frustrated that even after 4 years, he is not able to let go completely of his late wife...but what he realizes, quickly, is that while he will always love Rae, what was missing from his life was someone to share it with. He loves deeply, Charlie figures this out early on, even if it takes her a bit to realize it.
I love that when Evan said he was staying, he really did. He meant it. She got angry, he got angry. Charlie thought he was gone...but no, he gave her some time to get over it, and took some time for himself, and then he was back. Although back is the wrong word, as he was never as gone as she thought.
This is a book that will break your heart just a little as they each try to navigate the new relationship and what it means to the old cherished relationships for both of them. I absolutely loved it.