Two years after the death of his wife, Sergeant Blake Kline is still hurting. He isn’t ready to date, but whenever he stops by his local diner and sees the friendly smile of his favorite waitress, he feels a spark of true happiness again. And when her life is unexpectedly threatened, Blake discovers his feelings for her might not be as platonic as he thought.
She was holding out for the hero of her dreams...
Bookworm Hannah York has always been a hopeless romantic—preferring book boyfriends to blind dates—and she’s been day-dreaming about Blake since the moment he came into her diner. She’s convinced they’ll never be more than friends... until Blake kisses her and “weak in the knees” becomes more than just a line from her favorite romance novel. The closer Blake and Hannah get, however, the harder he fights to keep her at a distance.
But forever has a way of sneaking up on you...
When their blossoming relationship takes a complicated turn, Blake will have to face his past… or risk losing Hannah forever.I enjoyed this book. Blake and Hannah were perfect for one another and you definitely could relate to Blake's uncertainty with moving on, his feelings of guilt. I could also relate to Hannah, for the most part.
There were a couple of points where I thought the characters acted in a way that made them seem a lot younger than they were, I was mostly able to ignore those moments and engage with the story. Which I was able to do.
I liked the book, I liked the slow burn of the story, and I enjoyed the angst of the push and pull of Blake, of wanting to be with Hannah but also dealing with his grief and his guilt. The author handled the balance of their relationship and the characters correctly that neither one started to seem like it was more of a focus than the other.
This is, technically, part of a series of books. However, you don't need to have read the others in order for this to work and the other characters who appear are more supporting, you find out all you need to know about them for the book to be smooth and not have any gaps or areas where you feel like you missed something.
I recommend this book.