A strong willed but emotionally stunted hero, a feisty, smart heroine and a whole lot of patience and love made Can’t Forget You an entertaining romance. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST LOVE
Jessica Flynn can’t wait to buy up that patch of unspoiled North Carolina woodland next door and expand her spa. What could be more sensuous than a hot-tub soak under the stars? Jessica would love to bask in the romantic view herself-but first she needs to find the right man to join her in this fantasy. Back in high school, she thought that was the dark and brooding Mark Dalton. But then he left to join the Special Forces, and when he returned to town, it felt like their teenage love affair had never even happened.
Mark Dalton has his eye on the same property for his own business. Yet there’s something he wants to have even more. Because Jessica is sweeter than he remembered, and he’s finding it hard to resist his attraction to the competition. When they finally find themselves alone, deep in the forest, nature can’t help but run a little wild. But if she ever finds out what he’s been hiding all these years, she may never forgive him…
I’ve enjoyed Rachel Lacey’s Risking It All series immensely and Can’t Forget You was a great addition to the series. Teenage lovers are reunited in this contentious yet heart- warming romance.
I’m always a bit fascinated when people who were together in high school are reunited years later and the attraction and passion is still there despite the years apart. In this case the boy from the wrong side of the tracks joined the Army and left the good girl without even a good-bye. Ten years later he is back in town and in business with his two best friends and they are competing against her for a piece of land that sits between their respective businesses.
Mark Dalton has aspirations of being career Army, but after a bomb ends those plans he is back in his hometown and running an adventures company with his friends and quietly trying to avoid Jessica Flynn, the woman who he left behind almost ten years ago, but with them both trying to buy the same property and then agreeing to buying it jointly they end up spending more and more time together making it harder for them to deny the attraction that still boils between them.
I enjoyed this story quite a bit and it was easy to see that Mark was a bit of a tortured soul. Abandoned at a young age, Mark has never quite understood how relationships work and while Jess goes all in, Mark holds back which causes a bit of conflict between them. I was glad to see Mark grow in this story and begin to understand what it took to be in a relationship and Jess’s ability to forgive and understand where he was coming from is what made this book work. I also appreciated that with Mark was there for Jess during her medical crisis and stayed by her side through her diagnosis and treatment. While he had his faults, he proved time and time again he was loyal and cared fiercely for Jess even when it was hard for him to admit his ever deepening feelings.
A strong willed but emotionally stunted hero, a feisty, smart heroine and a whole lot of patience and love made Can’t Forget You an entertaining romance.