Series & Title: Truly, Idaho, Book 3: What I Love About You
Author: Rachel Gibson
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads
Publisher: Avon Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Military, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger
GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!
Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.
GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!
Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.
GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T!
Can be read as a standalone. This is about the second Junger twin, Blake Junger.
Blake wasn't interested in marriage or kids. He was an ex-SEAL, a recovering alcoholic, and a professional security consultant. The only people he wanted to be around was his twin brother and whomever he worked a job with. It took a little five year old girl who wandered into his yard for him to see what and who he was missing in his life.
Natalie 's priority is her daughter, whose father is getting out of prison soon and coming home for good to Truly. While Natalie's no longer in love with her ex-husband, the thought of what his coming home means weighed heavily on her mind. And the man next door, the rough and tumble, foul-mouthed, built-like-a-mountain, mouthwatering man, weighed heavily on her heart.
Their relationship unfolded under waves of attraction and pent up sexual frustration. Heavy caresses and bone-melting kisses peppered their encounters, and gave way to rounds of satiating sex. But it also opened them up to things they thought they wouldn't feel for each other. While Natalie has walked the road to marriage before, Blake hasn't. The idea that Natalie was more than a sex-buddy rattled his core, and he did what he did best: he left.
I can understand his silent reasons for leaving. What I didn't understand was why he chose to lie instead of tell Natalie the truth. The rift his parting words caused made me wonder if maybe he wasn't the best man for her. His indifference and callousness in that moment chipped at my admiration for him. I wanted him to do it differently, to speak plainly instead of hiding behind a job or fears. However, I will concede that their separation worked immensely in their favor. Blake came back better than before, doing what he needed to do because he had a woman and her daughter waiting on him to get his act together.
The one thing that bothered me was how quickly Natalie forgave Blake his behavior in the end. I know, I know. It's a small thing to hold onto, but it really bothered me. I think because of what he said, how he said it, and how he left after he said it. He treated her like they hadn't shared intimate moments outside of bed, like they hadn't opened up to each other about their respective pasts, like everything that transpired between them had happened for kicks.
Despite my misgivings on that topic, I did like reading Blake and Natalie's story. Well-written with a great cast of characters, Ms. Gibson did a terrific job of giving a single mom and an ex-SEAL a well-deserved happy ending.
Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit and run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.