Published September 2014
Series: The McKinney Brothers
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.
They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.
When he was sent on recovery leave for a minor injury, Navy SEAL Matt McKinney was more than infuriated. But that week off and spent at the beach turns out to be life-changing. Because that’s where he meets Abby Moore widowed single mother of 4, and 6-months pregnant.
One look was all it took for him to fall for the tiny and held-back lady, to the point of second-guessing his enrolment with the Navy, which actually leads back to a promise he made to a late friend and SEAL colleague. But Abby is more closed off than Matt would like her to be: she’s had a tough childhood and only ever known disappointment and people leaving her. Consequently, she has a hard time getting attached.
Will Matt manage to bring down her walls and make her understand that he is worth the risk of is he just another name on the long list of people who have let her down?
Well, my first impression of this book leads back to a lot of swooning and girly eye-rolling over Matt’s character. He’s the perfect bookfriend with all assets rolled into one: sexy, tall, dark, has brains, and is. so. full. of. love. for both Abby and her kids. And the unborn child.
So the whole thing about him falling in love with a whole family (and an unborn child) – and the fact that Abby was even with 4 children and pregnant given the problems she has with her late husband – is kind of questionable, but darn if I didn’t shut this fact completely out to enjoy this blissful story.
In terms of writing, everything was perfect: the pace, the grammar, the flow… Interestingly, this was written in the 3rd person POV, with a bit of insight into both Abby and Matt’s minds, so the book resembled a lot a R.L. Mathewson novel, and it was just at the same quality level. And given that Mathewson is one of my fave authors, that’s got to mean something!
I read so many good reviews on Goodreads and again, I have not been disappointed myself. I read so many army-related stories and some of them are kind of boring or repetitive, but this one was a breath of fresh air, as were both main characters.
Definitely would recommend this and will keep a lookout on the next book in the series, due in January 2015.