Falling for someone can be dangerous, especially when someone wants to take them away from you. But what happens when fighting for the one you love could cost them their life?
For over two years, Summer Jacobs has tried to get her life back on track. A former nurse and now a prestigious restaurant owner, she’s living the dream just like her husband wanted. After watching him get killed in the MMA ring and almost losing her life herself, it left a scar on her soul. The thought of moving on scares her, but the local NFL star, Evan Townsend, is determined to catch her heart.
Forced to work with him and the football team, Summer succumbs to his relentless attempts at capturing her heart. He has the power to heal her, but there’s someone out there who wants to keep them apart. Even if it means getting rid of Evan permanently. Summer is being chased by hidden dangers and it’s up to Evan to catch her. The question is . . . will he get to her in time?
I try very hard to not pick up a book in the middle of a series, even when it has been noted that said book can be read as a standalone, but sometimes the blurb to a book just causes a spike in my curiosity and I just have to go for it and that’s exactly what happened with Catching Summer. It is the sixth book in the Second Chances series, but I didn’t feel as if I was missing out on anything by not reading the previous books in the series, and I found it to be a sweet, sexy and somewhat heartbreaking story with a great cast of characters and good dose of suspense tossed into the mix.
My heart broke for Summer for having to experience her husband’s death and the emotional hell she went through after, but I admired how she took the steps get her life back on track and learn to live once more without the guilt and pain holding her back. She is sweet, sassy and has a generous heart, though there were times when she was a bit clueless as to what was going on around her. Evan is the type of guy that makes me happy sigh. He’s handsome, charming and exudes confidence without it coming across as arrogant. He’s protective and will push when he has the advantage but knows when to back off and let things play out.
Summer and Evan’s budding relationship was fun to watch. There were some really sweet moments and I really liked how Evan would push Summer but still let her be in control of just how fast and far they went. Of course it helps that Evan knew what Summer had been through and watched as she healed, but that just shows how into her he really is. One of the biggest pro’s for me with them was that they actually communicated like adults. They had their moments of doubt, of course, but they didn’t play the ‘you need to read my mind’ game. My one issue was the speed that they went from getting to know more about each other to the I love you’s. I know it can happen and considering what they were dealing with I can see how it could push things along, but I’d’ve liked a little more build up before they declared their love for each other.
This was my first read by L.P. Dover and I really enjoy it. I was hooked from the start, enjoyed the first person dual POV. I thought that the mystery surrounding who was trying to keep Evan and Summer apart was done well. The twists and turns kept me guessing for most of the book and when I finally figured it out I mentally kicked my own butt for not figuring it out sooner. I liked the supporting cast of characters and while I’m looking forward to see what happens in the next book in the series with Derek, it’s actually Jaxon who I find I’m the most curious about. I don’t particularly like him since he acts like he’s still in highschool, but I want to know why he felt the need to do the things that he did and will therefore be crossing my toes that he gets his own book sooner rather than later.
~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing House - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.