This was a good story. I liked Kim and Vince and the story was enjoyable overall but there were a few times I had trouble feeling..Show More » completely sucked in to the story. I will say I almost gave it 4 stars but for the most part it felt like more of a 3 star read and I just couldn't go 4 stars for the overall rating.
Kim is a photographer that comes to Fortuity to take promotional photos of construction of a casino that's being put up in town. Her mother died when she was young and her father became a controlling jerk in the guise of being protective and looking out for her. Kim got out of her dad's clutches, only to get involved with a guy that tried to push her around (in a nice way) as well. They end up breaking up right as Kim is starting her photo job in Fortuity.
Vince is a bit of both a good and bad guy. He works in a rock quarry but supplements his income with odd jobs, some of which aren't legal. He's been in jail (although it hasn't been for anything too serious) and is currently on probation. On the other hand, his mother has checked out (mentally) and he lives with her so he can take care of her. He doesn't sleep around constantly but when he does, he's never been one to get attached and is usually looking for the door soon after he's had his fun.
When the story begins, Vince gets a call from one of the sheriff's deputies, Alex. He and Alex have been friends for a long time (regardless of the fact that sometimes they fall on opposite sides of the law) and he's concerned when Alex wants to meet him at the bar talking about having seen some bones. Alex says he needs to talk to Vince about it and since he's freaked out, Alex agrees to meet him. Alex never makes it to the bar and the next day, Vince finds out that Alex supposedly died in a car accident. Vince thinks something is up with the whole "bones" thing and then Alex suddenly having a fatal accident but can't get anyone to believe him...not even some of his oldest friends. Around this time, Kim arrives in Fortuity for her photo shoot and decides she need s drink. She goes to the local bar and attracts the attention of Vince. Vince and some of the other residents of Fortuity aren't too happy about the casino being built because they like their small town and are worried about how the influx of tourists and such into the town will change it. When Vince finds out she works for the casino he's not thrilled but soon he gets over that because he's interested in Kim enough that he wants to get her in bed.
Vince and Kim don't jump into bed immediately and Kim makes him work for it because he starts out treating her like just another one night stand. To woo her, Vince takes her out into the wilderness on his motorcycle for some shots she wouldn't normally get and they explore their mutual attraction a bit. Kim isn't sure if Vince is the kind of guy she should be getting involved with but is very attracted to him and thinks that if nothing else, he might be an adventure. Along the way, Vince tells Kim about the issue with Alex and his "bones". He asks Kim to keep an eye out while she's taking photos of the construction site but neither of them actually think she'll see anything that will help. While this is going on, Vince's brother comes back to town after being gone for the last 9 years and Kim gets pulled into some family stuff and finds out more about Vince...some good, some not so much. Still, Kim finds that she likes him and wants to be with him and Vince is surprised to find that he feels the same. While all this is going on. Kim does end up being the key to Vince and his friends finding some evidence that proves something messed up is going on. As they figure the mystery out (at least partially) they also discover that they both have fallen for each other and want something more. The story ends with Vince and Kim starting on a HEA together.
This was an enjoyable story. I liked both Kim and Vince. They weren't perfect people but they worked well together, especially once they both realized their feelings and agreed that they wanted more with each other. It was a bit strange going into the story because I thought Vince was in a motorcycle MC but he wasn't..however, he and his friends decide to form one at the end of the story so it does become a MC story in the end. Overall, I liked the story and may decide to try more of the series in the future.
Oh, how I enjoy this story - I enjoyed reading it AND listening to it! And, if it were ever made into a decent movie, I know I would enjoy watching it..Show More » too. It's just an all around literary wonder to me. Duncan Welch may not be a Fitzwilliam Darcy but there isn't ANY-thing I don't find utterly fascinating about him. Cara McKenna wrote a character, who at first, appears vain, contemptuous, cold, and shallow, but in his depths I've found one of my favorite fictional characters, ever. Nothing about Duncan is superficial but with his self-invented haughty and superior manner, he definitely comes across that way...at first. Once his carefully constructed and protective layers are stripped away he takes my breath away. Literally. I can't count the number of times I chuckled, snorted, or laughed out loud during my initial reading or while listening to this audiobook. The narrator, Tom Weiner, expertly conveys Duncan's personality. Gawd, it was so much fun to hear what I previously had to imagine. It's not all laughs, though. There were several times when Duncan's inner monologue or vocalized confessions tugged at my heartstrings. I find every element of this story engrossing, no matter what format it comes in.