Joy Barbieri has hit rock bottom - divorced, unemployed, sleeping on her parent’s couch until she finds an apartment suitable for two kids and a fur-baby - but she’s determined to start over. Eager for independence, she takes the first job she finds. A handsome stranger catches her eye, but with a name like Casanova, he’s got to be a world champion player - right?
Tristan Casanova’s only visiting this rustic town until he recuperates from his painfully quick divorce, not to make friends. However as he gets to know sweet and savvy Joy, he realizes their unexpected alliance comes with undeniable chemistry. She’s the perfect excuse to stay in Scenic View permanently, but when will she quit giving every excuse in the book why they shouldn’t be together?
Will pains of the past, excessive ex-spouse baggage, and interfering relatives keep these two from the happily-ever-after they deserve?
I love this cover and title. The book itself had ups and downs for me.
Tristan is one of my favorite ups, as well as several secondary characters, Nick, Lily, and Bruno the tough cousin. Later in the book we get cute kids, Tristan's daughter and Joy's two sons which is always sweet, then we have not one but two cute dogs another up. The more Nick and Lily appeared the more I wanted their story. I fell in Tristan as soon as he appeared and the farther the book went on the more I loved him. Who wouldn't? He is a sexy cop on leave, he treats joy with respect and goes out of his way to win her heart ( and to be honest by mid-book if I had been Tristan I would have washed my hands of her) which brings me to one of my downs. Joy. In the beginning, I was unsure if I liked her. She shows up in her hometown after a messy divorce (though two years later) hasn't told her parents and doesn't have her kids. My first thoughts were why two years later and why would she leave her kids. There is a custody battle but if its been two years wouldn't this be settled? as the story progresses it felt like I was watching a tennis match as one minute she was all over Tristan then boom wanting space.
The story itself is pretty good, dealing with two parents, their life after divorce and starting life over. Another of my downs of the book was the sex. There is a lot of it. That isn't my issue as much as the cheesy wording, the light BDSM ( I felt this was just unnecessary fluff as the chemistry between Tristan and Joy was hot enough.)
The Narrator I liked. I give him props for taking on a story that is mostly in a woman's view and pulling it off.
To sum it up, this is a very good story of a second chance at life, moving on from hurt, starting over, coming home, and an allover good romance. It is fairly erotic so keep this in mind if a lot of sex is not your cup of tea.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Change who read the book...
Any additional comments?
The narrators voice was awful! I couldn't get past first minute. Gave three stars to be fair since I didn't get to listen to the book. What a shame, was looking forward to this story!
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