Series: The Dimarco Series #5
Author: Jennifer Hanks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Disappointment. Rejection. Loneliness.
Feelings that have been suffocating single mom Kate Miller for years.
Moving to New Hope to raise her six-year-old son is supposed to be a fresh start, a way
to put her past in the rearview mirror and focus on the road ahead. She isn’t looking for friendship or a relationship, especially with one very sexy detective who won’t stay out of her life or out of her mind.
No matter how hard she pushes him away.
Luke Dimarco is a man who’s faced his mortality.
After surviving a shooting, in which he was the target of revenge, he understands life is fleeting. When Kate explodes into his world, showing him a glimpse of a future filled with all the things he craves, he makes the decision to grab a hold and not let go.
Even if it means sacrificing what he already has.
However, a darkness still surrounds the small town of New Hope and they will learn the only way to keep each other safe is to stand together. Luke will need to show Kate that trust is not just a word, but given to the right person, a promise.
But is it a promise he can keep?
This was the first book in this series of standalones that I’ve read, and I was not at all disappointed. Kate is a strong, feisty single mom who has learned from her past mistake and isn’t putting up with much anymore. She keeps her days full with working two jobs, and what time she has off she spends with her six year old son Andy and their newly adopted puppy Cookie. She doesn’t have time to even make friends, much less start a relationship. Luke is a police detective, and they meet when he pulls her over for running a stop sign when she’s having a very bad morning. They meet again later when he is with his family at the bar where Kate waitresses on weekends. She is still angry over being pulled over, but the entire Dimarco clan is taken with her and basically decides they’re her family now, especially when they learn it’s just her and her son in town with no support.
Luke wants a relationship with her, but knows she’s not there yet. He works on being a friend to her and showing her that she can trust him. Kate is afraid that if she and Andy get too attached to Luke and his family that they’ll be left behind again like they were with Andy’s father, and she wants to shield her son from that potential pain.
What I liked: Kate is a fiery badass. The scene in the bar on band night is fantastic. Luke is an all around good guy, and good for Kate and Andy. Andy is an adorable little boy who steals the scenes regularly. I also was impressed by the balance of this book. It’s hard to find a book in this genre that isn’t either too “easy” (I hate instalove), or too heavy on the drama for drama’s sake. There was nothing easy about Luke and Kate’s relationship at all. But even though there were issues, and a bit of suspense, it wasn’t cartoonish or overly done.
What I didn’t like: There is only one thing that bugged me in this book, and it’s one of my biggest pet peeves. Apostrophes are not for pluralization, ever. Never ever. It wasn’t consistent, but happened way too many times throughout this book.
In short, this was a great book and I can’t wait to go back and read the previous four so I can experience the stories of more of the Dimarco clan.
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Hanks is the author
of The Dimarco Series as well as The Elite Securities Series. Her stories are
contemporary romance and romantic suspense, all with the underlying message of
the power and strength in love. She’s also a sucker for a Happily-Ever-After.
Her love of reading and books in general started at a very young age and has
steadily grown into a love of writing as well. She admits to being addicted to
all things romance and has no plans of quitting her habit. Jennifer lives in
Pennsylvania with her two children. When she’s not reading or writing, she can
be found with her kids at their various activities. Her house is frequently
filled with any combination of her children’s friends, nieces, nephews and a
variety of pets.