Release Date: Mar 26, 2019
Series: Catalina Cove
Heat Level: Scorching
Publisher: Harlequin Books
The second book in the Catalina Cove series proves why Jackson is a master of sexy contemporary romance!
This story starts out heartbreaking with a loving relationship torn apart. I won’t lie I was enthralled with the idea of a woman losing her husband in a tragic accident and then finding him again thousands of miles away; second chance romance for the win.
Besides an enthralling storyline, Jackson creates some memorable characters. The heroine, Ashley Ryan, is a grieving widow, business owner, and woman who wants to find her way again. I really enjoyed Ashley, she’s intelligent, kind, sexy as hell, and devoted to the husband she lots. But I mentioned her finding him, it may or may not be her husband, but he certainly looks like Devon Ryan.
The hero, Ray, saves Ashley from a water accident and he experiences an attraction he doesn’t expect. The first hardcore attraction he’s had with a woman since he woke from a horrible mugging and beating in Indiana three years prior. Regardless, Ray has made a life for himself in Catalina Cove and runs his own charter boat touring company.
As the pair get closer, Ashley finds many similarities between her husband of five years and bearded, sexy Ray. Ultimately whether he’s her husband or not, Ashley utters this quote that stole my heart.
A woman who cared even less if he was called Devon or Ray, because in her heart his name would forever be Mine.
This is small-town romance at its finest. Plenty of heart-filled, gut-wrenching moments, paired equally with fun-filled scenes of re-discovery. Watching two people fall for each other all over again warms the heart. I love second-chance romances and this story fits the bill. There are throwbacks to characters from the first book in the series, but they don’t take away from this story. Forget Me Not is also a nice slow burn for the first half, but once those barriers come down, there’s an explosion of sexiness.
Overall, Jackson shows she still has it and Catalina Cove has plenty of what we love the most, family drama, tropes to fall for, and a setting to get lost in. Readers of Jill Shalvis and Jaci Burton will love this story.