Natalie Clayton has a pretty happy life as a librarian in Hood River. It’s a quiet life but one that she has carefully under control after she’s lived her once wild ways. When Paddy Hurley, big time rock star, runs into Natalie in a coffee shop and recognizes her from his past Natalie wants to run away as fast as she can. And tries. Multiple times.
It turns out that they had a quick fling while partying together when Paddy’s band was up and coming. Since Natalie is trying to be on the straight and narrow she doesn’t want to go backward and wind up with a hard partying rocker. But what she doesn’t realize is that Paddy has changed just as much as she has.
This is the first time that I’ve read any of this authors work and I really enjoyed it. She does a wonderful job of weaving in secondary characters throughout the book, which make it richer. I loved the Hurley family dynamics and Dane does a wonderful job of playing that up. We get to see everything from brotherly love to parental affection and -my favorite – playful jabbing at Natalie as she tries to adjust.
The romance in this is also sweet, each has their personal demons to work through. Paddy trying to be patient with Natalie as she works through hers is great to see. Overall I enjoyed the dynamics of this book and loved the romance. I’ve already pre-ordered book 2 coming out in December so I think I’m hooked!