Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s business. Despite being an ex-con, Trace Hutton is irresistible. Too bad he’d never go for someone as inexperienced as Avery.
Trace needs to focus on the job at hand, not daydream about smearing icing all over the sexy baker…and licking it off. This job is the key to getting his construction company back on its feet after his time in prison. Besides, no one deserves a fresh start more than Avery, and she certainly won’t get that with him.
After a delectable night of passion (and pie), Trace craves something more. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let his checkered past crush her dreams. And as Avery starts to realize how Trace fulfills more than just her physical needs, she struggles with whether to let her history decide her future, or explore the wild new possibilities of forever…I enjoyed this book. It's the second in a series and is a standalone. The characters from the first book do appear, and there is some reference to events in the first book, but it's not necessary to have read it.
I actually liked this one better than the first, which I enjoyed, as this was less focused on the town and the events in the town and more focused on Avery and Trace. And they were fun.
I liked their relationship and the realistic portrayal of someone who has been in prison. I liked that they didn't gloss over Trace's past, that it was a part of a whole person who was also a romantic hero. But I also liked that his past wasn't really something that was dwelled on...it was allowed to be a part of a whole. This worked well for both the pacing of the story and the plot.
I thought the pacing was strong. The story moved well from point to point and there were no areas where it dragged or skipped over events to the point that I felt like I was missing something.
Trace and Avery are a compelling couple. Fun with great chemistry and an attraction they both try to deny until they can't any longer. I love that they both deluded themselves into thinking it was a one time thing when it obviously wasn't, and going along for the ride as they figured this out was enjoyable.
I recommend this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series.
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