The cover was what initially caught my eye and the concept of a romance playing out while chasing storms intrigued me, so I gave it a go and found it to be an enjoyable character driven second chance at love story.
I ended up admiring and really liking Drew as the story progressed. The death of her fiance, Colby, hit her hard, but she’s done her best to work through her grief and have a semblance of a life, though she does feel like she is in stasis and doesn’t know how to get out of it. When she is offered the chance to join the same storm chasing team Colby was on she takes it as a way to try to figure out just what she wants to do with her life. That take charge of your own destiny attitude stays with her and grows stronger throughout the book and by the end she’s gained a new perspective on what she wants for her life.
As much as I liked Aiden, I had many moments where I wanted to smack him upside the head. He is a self proclaimed loaner and something of a manwhore, though I can give him a point in his favor with that one is that he is straight up with the women he hooks up with that all he has to offer is sex. But though he doesn’t do relationships, his desire to help those in need gives you a glimpse of just how honorable he really is and what a good, if a just a little bruised, heart he has.
Drew and Aiden’s road to their HEA was a pretty bumpy ride, but the interesting thing about it was that it wasn’t Drew who had the issue with exploring a relationship with Aiden, but vice versa. This isn’t to say that Drew didn’t hesitate, but Aiden had a much more difficult time getting past the fact that Drew had been engaged to Colby, nor did he believe he was good enough for Drew and kept trying to dissuade her from her interest in him. But Drew kept at it and what I really liked about it was that she was simply wanted to explore her attraction to Drew. It didn’t have anything to do with thinking that Drew was a replacement for Colby or even wanting a long term committed relationship. She was attracted to him and just really liked the person he was.
~ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
One year after her fiancé died in a heartbreaking accident, Drew McGovern decides to honor his memory by joining his old storm-chasing buddies on their latest excursion. What she’s not so sure about, however, is whether she’s ready to move on. Drew wasn’t expecting to feel the powerful pull of desire toward Colby’s best friend. But there’s no denying the intensity of their connection . . . or the heat he inspires in the parts of her that are still very much alive.
Aiden O’Neal doesn’t trust himself around Drew. He’s wanted this girl for a long time—long enough to remember the stab of jealousy he felt the first time he saw her in Colby’s arms. Now he’s trying his best to behave himself. But when the wind starts blowing and the adrenaline starts pumping, Aiden can’t resist the urge to claim Drew as his own. Because when it comes to desire, he’s hoping to make lightning strike twice.
Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.
These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres.