Ever since she was a teenager, Grace Parnell has had one ambition: to prove her father’s innocence and overturn his prison sentence. That drive led her to become a tough, compassionate lawyer—until the case hits a heartbreaking end. Now Grace is adrift, with no idea how to rebuild her life. It’s certainly not the time to fall in love. But from the moment she meets Artemis Tanner, their instant connection is undeniable.
A motor-sports pioneer, Tanner has come to this little coastal town for the racetrack—but he’s staying for Grace. Even though the standoffish attorney seems determined to stay out of reach, Tanner doesn’t need a law degree to tell that their attraction is very, very mutual. As her visits to the track become more frequent, and as Tanner learns more about Grace’s troubled family, he starts to pry open the tiny cracks in her controlled demeanor. Hidden beneath, there’s an incredible passion waiting to be set free.
An emotionally charged romance with all the feels.
Tanner and Grace meet each other at the perfect time in their lives. Both are meandering lonely through life, and they have written love out of the equation for quite similar reasons. Both of them are the product of dysfunctional upbringings, and neither of them had much love growing up. (His was non-existent, hers was absent.) That’s where the similarities end, though. They have each dealt with their demons in very different ways. Tanner is literally drifting through life and Grace is a closed-shop, totally focused on her work and her singular goal in life.
They meet as Grace has just received a bombshell that has shattered everything she thought she knew about herself. Now she is questioning everything, so, even though she is hugely attracted to Tanner, she continuously pushes him away.
Tanner was so patient and I loved him for it. I adored how he was written, and he is (hands-down) one of the most perfect book boyfriends ever. I’m still in a total swoon. He was sexy and sweet with a heart of gold. He could easily have become a player but he was a gentleman instead.
Even though this romance only spans two weeks it wasn’t a wham bam kind of connection. It still felt slow-building.
This book was full of emotional angst, witty banter, great secondary characters, and a thrilling, captivating world/setting.
The writing and pacing were great. My only complaints are the seemingly rushed ending and cliched epilogue, but overall this was a fantastic read.
Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.