I loved this book so, so much. The author wrote Jenny in a wonderful way. She's a red-head and has the temperament to match. She acts impulsively and easily gets her back up...with good reason. She's forever been the girl who the mean girls targeted and men took advantage of. From the wrong side of the tracks with a single mother, Jenny has had to fight for everything in her life, but the thing she fights for most is her 12 yo son. She is such a strong heroine, but has a vulnerable side to her that just made this book for me.
A couple of years ago, Jenny and Owen dated for a few months, but when her emotions began to grow, she sabotaged the relationship. Something that she's regretted ever since. But in the interim, nothing has changed about their chemistry, although Owen has come into his own since then. Determined to become a better man he has undergone a transformation. He was always a brilliant, powerful man, but now he owns that and is more confident in that.
There's a lot about family in this book. Neither Owen or Jenny come from the best family situations and that has definitely affected who they are as adults. I loved all those little details that ran throughout the story and how that played into who they were together. I also loved the addition of 12 yo Cooper. He is such a smart kid. He's a great addition to the story and is such a good balance to his mother. I loved him and especially loved his relationship with Owen.
Everything about this story worked...from the mean girls at the class reunion and how that all played out with Dina (not sure I got her name right) and Jenny. To the wedding that Jenny and Owen attend to back in West Virginia and the whole family story line for Owen. I thoroughly LOVED this book. I'm listing it as one of my favorites for 2017...at least so far. I totally fell in love with this story and the couple it features. The road to love certainly wasn't easy for either Owen or Jenny, but I could believe in the hope of their future, because it was obvious from the very beginning that they were meant to be...they just had to sort it all out.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but got online when I was only about 25% into the story to order a print copy because I could already tell this was a book I wanted on my keeper shelf for a later reread.