A high-powered attorney, Bella Shaw has never forgotton how Luke left her behind in Austin to chase his dreams. But when she’s being totally honest with herself, Bella can’t deny that Luke is the one man she ever truly wanted. Though he tells her that the terrorists are using her land, she’s more worried about defending her heart from the advances of the sinfully sexy lawman. Still, Bella is willing to trust him again—if Agent Archer proves he’s worthy.The romance between Luke and Bella had a lot of potential. A second chance romance can be a lot of fun and tends to be one of my favorite tropes in the romance world. And, they had great chemistry.
The writing and the dialog were also well done, as was the pacing, for the most part. There were places where the narrative did slow in order to focus on the preaching of politics, but the rest of the novel moved well overall. The characters were mostly likable, although I will admit that I would not want to spend time with Luke after getting to know his politics. And, full disclosure, I am on the other side of his comments...but, this isn't really why I had an issue with it...as I was also annoyed when Bella gave her opinion on the situation. if I want to engage in a debate about politics, I don't need the book I am reading to make this happen.
While this is part of a series, it is not necessary to have read the other novels in the series to be able to follow the action. I read the first in the series, I did not read the 2nd, and read this one.
So, why 1 star? The obvious political statement the author was making with the illegal immigration subplot. I read to escape, to enjoy a little break from reality and the issues the world is facing. I get it, characters don't exist in a bubble...and, as a Department of Homeland Security employee, I am guessing Luke had some opinions about the issue, but I didn't need a speech. On more than one occasion. I felt like I was reading a thinly veiled political ad...with a little romance tossed in.
Yes, bring what you know. But don't preach to the reader. should not feel that I know the political beliefs of the author when I finish the novel...and, in this instance, it was like she tried to balance it with the other side, by having Bella take the opposite side of the fence than Luke. The problem, his opinions got multiple speeches. Bella, one scene.
I am not able to recommend this book mainly because the obvious attempt at a political message doesn't belong in romantic fiction.