Local metalsmith and gift shop owner, Dahlia McGuire, likes her quiet life in Hartwell, Delaware. It’s the perfect place to hide from her family and the tragic events that led to their estrangement. However, when her father, the person she loves most in the world, needs her Dahlia has no choice but to return to Boston to face her ghosts. One of those happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Michael Sullivan. The man she was never supposed to fall in love with.
Michael Sullivan has never forgotten Dahlia McGuire. Some might say he’s never gotten over her. For years he lived with the anger of her desertion, and now, newly-divorced, he’s finally ready to move on. That proves impossible when Dahlia returns to Boston and reawakens their explosive connection. Despite everything, Michael wants her back, but Dahlia can’t seem to let go of the tangled emotions of the past. When she flees home to Hartwell, Michael follows, determined to do everything in his power to convince her they belong together.
However, when the unthinkable hits the quiet seaside town, Michael finds himself trying to unravel more than the mystery of Dahlia’s broken heart. It’s time for truths left unsaid to finally be spoken or Michael and Dahlia might find themselves torn apart forever…
This story follows Michael and Dahlia, a couple whose timing could not be worse. Told in the present and with flashbacks to 11 years ago, this was a swoony second chance romance.
Dahlia is a talented metalsmith who lives in a small coastal city in Delaware after escaping her life in Boston. When she gets some upsetting news from home, she decides it’s finally time to go home and confront those demons she’s been hiding from. One of whom is Michael, her ex’s best friend.
I really loved Dahlia, she’s been through so much in her life. The more we learn about her throughout the book, the more you could sympathize with her. She was filled with so much pain and guilt. I’m still a little iffy on Michael. I could see why he was harboring so much anger, but it got to the point at times where I just wanted to smack him.
Let me be honest, this book is heavy with the angst. There are parts of the book I struggled through, there was also a lot of heartache involved. Her relationship with Micheal was built on a lot of tragedy and intensity.
At the end of the day, I did root for these two. They deserved to have some happiness in their lives.
About Samantha Young
Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series, Hero, and Fight or Flight. Samantha’s crossover romance/women’s fiction novel titled Much Ado About You will be published by Berkley (release date tba). Her debut adult paranormal romance novel War of Hearts releases under the pen name S. Young in October 2019.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author. When she’s not writing books, she’s buying shoes she doesn’t really need and searching for nooks and crannies to shelve her ever-expanding book collection.