When Olivia Mason catches her fiancé cheating, her life gets turned upside down. With no family and no real place to call home, she heads south for a fresh start in Charleston, South Carolina. Determined to gain her own independence and protect her heart, the last thing she needs is a sexy, tattoo-covered guy to cross her path and test her resolve. Just as she’s beginning to put her life back together, she uncovers a piece of her past that shakes up everything.
Dex Porter has his own demons. A former Marine, he’s haunted by the past and uses whiskey, women and fighting to drown the pain and guilt that consume him. When Olivia arrives in town, he finds himself drawn to her immediately and is surprised by his desire to get to know her. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met but he knows he can’t get close to her without exposing the part of himself that he keeps hidden.
As Dex and Olivia strike up a friendship and fight their attraction to one another, they begin to chip away each other’s walls and help each other heal. However, the past is never far behind and they soon learn that no matter how fast they run, it will always catch up with them.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. It was on sale and it sounded like a good read so I snatched it up. I found the plot intriguing and once I started reading it I found that I liked the characters and the setting of the story.
Poor Olivia gets cheated on by her fiancé and uproots herself and moves away to another state to start over. I really liked her. She doesn’t have anyone else in this world. No family and only one friend who happens to live in the town she moved too.
Dex is a player. He takes a different woman home every night. At first I thought he was a jackass. When he and Olivia meet for the first time he’s arrogant and cocky. I didn’t really like him. After a while though he started to behave.
Together I thought these two made a great couple. They both have issues they’re dealing with, and both are reluctant to start a relationship, but I think they were good for each other.
The secondary characters were interesting. I liked all of them with the exception of one. There is a bit of suspense within the pages of this story. I thought I had it figured out, but was wrong. Which made me enjoy this one even more. I love being surprised after all is revealed.
The sexual scenes were comparable to mainstream romance. They weren’t overly explicit in nature.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think Ms Grace did a great job writing it and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work I’m the future.