Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she’s ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family’s vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there’s some great scenery there….
Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief-and best friend of her former fiancé. There’s a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it’s not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she’s having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rose, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk…
Source: e-galley via Harlequin/Netgalley for review purposes
Favorite Quote: Why was it so hard to find the right guy? Faith didn’t think she was too picky; she just wanted someone who wasn’t gay, married, unkind, amoral, or too short.
Faith Holland has spent the last few years in San Fransisco, working as a landscape architect. San Francisco is the the place she ran away to when, on the day of her wedding, her fiancé came out of the closet. But she’s back in Manningsport, New York, working on a project on her family’s vineyard. And trying to convince everyone in town that she’s no longer in love with her ex. She is also trying to live with the guilt she feels over her mother’s death by finding a new wife for her father. The first person she runs into when she gets into town is her former fiancé’s best friend and the best man at her aborted wedding, Levi Cooper. The guy who has 10 degrees of disinterest in her, who never liked her. Too bad he’s so freaking hot.
Levi Cooper is a former trailer park kid done good, now the Chief of Police in Manningsport. His best friend was engaged to “Princess Super-Cute” and he knew something was off. Levi, an Afganistan veteran, is comfortable in his life. Sure, he works too much, but he loves his little sister and his job, and the people of Manningsport are like family to him now. He’s even close to Faith’s family on the hill. He’s always kept his distance from Faith because of their completely different upbringing. But he’s definitely noticed her enticing curves and beautiful red hair. He does his best to ignore her and his attraction to her, but before long, it’s inevitable that he act on it.
I now realize why I love Kristan Higgins’ books. Her heroines are kinda awkward and clumsy, as am I. Plus they always fall for the stoic alpha guy, sort of like my husband. I think her characters get better and more interesting with every book. Every time, I think “I think this guy is my favorite,” but the next is ultimately better. (Except for Trevor, who is the best and can never be replaced.) Levi is definitely at the top of the list. Levi is just a man going about his business, not really wanting for anything. Faith’s return to Manningsport has kind of caused a disturbance in the force, but he’s very good at not showing it, or even acknowledging it to himself.
Faith, for her part, just wants to move on and prove to everyone that she isn’t broken, despite the disappointment in her engagement. But everyone in town has a long memory and takes every opportunity to remind her of it. She’s a very strong character, carrying around a burden that makes her work hard at making sure everyone around her is taken care of. I really liked her and felt for her, but she was definitely someone I could befriend. She was funny, self-deprecating, and capable. Much stronger than the people around her gave her credit for. Faith and Levi together were funny, the dialogue crackled, the page nearly lit on fire when they were together. And only together could they each get over the things that were holding them back, which proves how much they belong together. This is definitely in the top 3 favorite Kristan Higgins books, a re-read, to be sure.