Evidently this has been sitting dormant on my Kindle for several years and I just read it. Let me start by saying that this author (duo), got the hard part right. They have a great story, likeable characters, and leave you wanting to come back for more. Usually when I find a book or author I like, I will buy the rest of the series or books.
After reading this book, I considered it buying the series but there were a couple of concerns I had. My concerns may not bother other people, and are things the authors could fairly easily fix with better research.
The main character supposedly lost her license to practice therapy because of what her partner/ex-husband did. This was my area of study – and you do not lose your license to practice because of what your partner does, unless she was also complicit in her husband’s affair with a client.
We also grew up and spent decades of our careers in the locations in this book. A couple of very non-factual things; the color of the water off Laguna Beach, (and most of Southern California), is a gray blue most of the year. More importantly, no one would push their way through a pink bougainvillea hedge because they would be impaled, maimed, and ripped up – even through their clothes. Bougainvillea have sturdy thorns that are much worse than roses and are up to two inches long. Lastly, the bugs in California are much smaller than many other states we have visited. Southern California, especially close to the beach, does not have a huge bug problem. Central California, with all the agriculture, does struggle more with the number of bugs, but not the size of the bugs.
Now that I have complained, let me add that, after reading this book, I just read two others, hoping to find another author and storyline I would enjoy. Both were recommended by Amazon and had pretty decent reviews – but they were hopeless. Two bad books in a row – and I am buying the rest of this series in the hope that through time you have been able to do better research. The story and people are worth following. Additionally, I loved your back story and hope you have continued to appreciate each other and enjoy your writing together.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
BTW – there seems to be something wrong when searching for you, your books, and/or your series. I searched by your name, the name of your first book, and the name of the series, and my content, to no avail. I had to go back to Google to get back to purchase the series on Amazon. If others have this issue, you probably lose sales.