Series: Buckhorn Brothers #7
Author: Lori Foster
Published: June 2nd by Harlequin HQN
Genre: contemporary romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:
For odd-girl-out Zoey Hodge, the best thing about Buckhorn, Kentucky, was leaving it behind. And now she’s back—at least until she can nurse her mother back to health and hightail it out of there anew. But there’s one person she doesn’t mind seeing again. Garrett Hudson was one of the few who was always kind to her. Now he’s a firefighter—still one of the good guys, but with a sexy alpha charm that’s tempting her inner bad girl.
In school, Zoey was smart, witty and unafraid to be herself. Garrett fell hard back then, and he’s falling even faster now. As far as he’s concerned, there are all kinds of reasons Zoey should stick around. Her pet grooming business. Her mom. And the chance for him to prove that he can be her real-life hero in every way that matters…
Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.
Although bound in a short page count, the main characters in this novella are quite well developed. You get to know them in the here and now, as well as learning about their pasts. I appreciated the fact that the male lead was a charming, witty, all around nice guy who was also quite the alpha male without being domineering. He was the perfect man, without seeming overly perfect. He was oh-so-real. By paring him with a woman who was a little quirky, but yet still able to stand her own and stand up for herself Foster creates characters that you can’t help but get into.
Overall this is a fast paced, quick, enjoyable read that will keep you captivated to the last sentence. I’d definitely recommend it to Foster’s fans, and those who are looking to delve into her work because as brilliantly as this fits into the Buckhorn series, it’s also a brilliant standalone.