When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.
The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.
Delaney and Ethan were interesting characters. They both were living lives that were forever changed by a night that happened years ago. Delaney responded by leaving the town and building her life elsewhere, Ethan responded by building his life in the town and focusing on trying to hold his family together.
A few years later, there is a broken down, abandoned bar. The Bad Seed. The scene of the bad blood, so to speak, and a threat of demolition. Both Delaney and Ethan have different desired ends for the bar, and different ways to achieve them. This sets them up at a cross purpose that is complicated further by their attraction to each other.
The pacing is strong, the attraction between Delaney and Ethan is believable and relateable. Their chemistry is hot, and you believe that they want to be together but are not sure how to get past those things keeping them apart. The writing was great, it flowed well, and the dialog felt authentic.
The secondary characters felt authentic and they added to the story in interesting ways. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.