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Both Mia and Jared had their life turned upside down by the same event. However, each of them handled their loss in different ways. For Jared, he threw himself into his career, while Mia lost hers and so much more. At first glance, Jared and Mia's relationship should not work. One is reclusive and the other used to being in the spotlight. Yet, when they share the losses they have endured, their simmering chemistry shifts into high gear.
At first Jared appears to be an ass, yet Mia can't seem to keep her eyes off of her new neighbor. Once Jared takes on an unanticipated responsibility, he settles and leaves his playboy ways behind and is intrigued by his neighbor across the bay. After losing his career, Jared seeks to be out of the limelight, which is exactly where he finds Mia, whom he tries to draw back into society. Unexpectedly thrown together, their attraction becomes magnetic, although they fight their feelings.
I love that Jared knows, most of the time, how to prod Mia gently out of her comfort zone. But like all men, he often puts his foot in his mouth, a fact that his sister enjoys pointing out. Mia struggles with the feelings she develops for Jared, and has to often step back and regroup to handle the things that overwhelm her.
I refuse to give spoilers but I will say that this story is beautifully written and tackles some tough issues for the characters. Love and loss often go hand in hand, but in this book Ms. Barker uses love to heal the losses of the past and create an unexpected relationship and HEA. There are intriguing plot twists and some very personal, true to life events and relationships, even beyond Jared and Mia. Jared might not always be perfect, but he's flawed just enough to endear him into the readers heart for a long time to come.
My first impression of Jared is that he’s a jerk. And not just because Mia gets an eyeful of his rear while he’s having sex with some woman on his dock in full view of everyone. Later impressions certainly aren’t any better. It just goes to show you, you probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions and make hasty judgments, because, honestly he was a great guy. He’s had some huge and unexpected changes in his life that he’s still learning to deal with. He’s injured and can no longer play hockey professionally. And he has just recently become the safe haven for his pregnant sister. He’s dealing with some stuff… I find I can forgive him a few bad decisions.
Mia’s life is definitely not roses and rainbows. There’s a reason she’s secluded herself out in the middle of nowhere and the last thing she wants to do is deal with the new resident playboy. Her frequent panic attacks and semi-agoraphobia make it tough for her to want anything to do with anyone so I wasn’t sure how Barker was going to connect her to Jared. I shouldn’t have worried, she set it up perfectly. It was cool to see that what Jared and his sister needed from Mia was exactly what Mia needed to give them to feel like her life still had some meaning and gave her some fulfillment in a way.
What I liked the most about this book was that Mia’s and Jared’s problems weren’t magically fixed by them finding each other. Their issues can’t be fixed. They can be worked on. They can learn to deal with the aftereffects of doubt and anxiety. They can work on helping each other cope. But they don’t actually fix them. It was an HEA without oversimplification or unrealistic expectations. And I appreciated that.
As first impressions go, Jared sure knows how to make one. And Mia’s not happy. He’s an intrusion in the safe world she’s created. Yet, her neighbor intrigues, fascinates,and scares her all at the same time. When Jared sees Mia for who she really is, he realizes he wants to be the one to open her back up. She is just more than she knows and she easily shocks the hell out of him because she is what is missing in his life: a home and a deep love like he’s never experienced before besides the one of his career.
My heart went out to both Mia and Jared in different parts of the book. But mostly, I related with Mia. I didn’t have the extent of her illness but I understood it and could feel the stress and doubts that plagued her. Her courage though and her spirit is undeniable and totally admirable. I could clearly see why Jared became enamored with Mia. Jared was… SWOON! How he knew what Mia needed at the right time and his patience, all i can say I fell head over heels and totally claim him as MINE! He makes one hell of a book boyfriend. The beauty of their love story brought the tears but their HEA brought a catharsis that can only be described as beautiful.
A more than well deserved 5 stars for a well written story.
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I liked the story and the characters, main and secondary, are great.Read more
Jared and Mia have an amazing story to tell.Read more