- File Size: 2761 KB
- Print Length: 265 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Press (January 9, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0767KF2FW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joey DeLuca is a detective in DC; however, after he gets too invested in a case, he is forced to take a step back. During his leave, he visits his brother in Haven Point. When he first meets Kennedy there is an instant attraction no matter how much they deny it. Neither have plans for a relationship but they can't seem to stay away from each other and as they open up to one another, so do their feelings.
Exception is a story about letting go of fear, learning to trust, and finding love when you least expect it. Throw in two complicated characters and you get a whole lot of messy before things get better. It is more emotional and deeper than I expected but it has moments of fun banter that helps lighten the heavy themes.
In the beginning, you think you know where the story is going. But as it unravels it becomes more complex with every layer. The characters are well-developed and my heart hurt for what they go through.
Kennedy is defeated. Her self-doubt is devastating but she is determined to figure out her life. It takes going home and facing things head on to help her grow and learn what is important to her. She is feisty and funny especially when she stands her ground. She wasn’t easily intimidated by the sexy detective that seemed to be everywhere she looked and there was something about him that called to her. She doesn’t expect him to get under her skin but he does. I loved that Joey opened her eyes to what she wanted and offered his support even when they hit a lot of bumps in the road.
“Life isn’t about being comfortable. It’s supposed to hurt. If it were painless and easy, we’d forget why we fight so hard to live.”
Joey is great at his job but he takes it home with him and can’t separate work from life. It's understandable that everything he sees as a detective makes him skeptical of everyone around him. Unfortunately, he doesn’t usually see the good in people, leading him to act like a jerk a lot of the time. It takes him a long time to learn to trust and Kennedy is the stepping stones of his progress. She affects him like no one else and he feels a pull toward her. His feelings are strong but he can’t always accept them. I loved watching him fall for her and wanting so much more than just another hook-up.
"I want to know her past, and more than that, I want to be written into the Chapters of her future."
Kennedy and Joey clash from the moment they meet. Both have misconceived notions and it’s not until they really get to know each other that they realize how wrong they were. I loved watching them get to know each other and the surprise moments they found at the pond. Their feelings grow and felt real yet it takes a while before they can find a routine that works for them. They don’t always know how to express their feelings and often times they say the wrong thing sending them two steps back for every one step forward creating heartache. I wanted them to work through the details of their relationship sooner, and though I understand where each are coming from, they both pushed more than I would have liked. Kennedy jumps from hot to cold a few too many times and Joey questions Kennedy’s feelings a bit too much. When the lightbulb goes off though, they are all in and I loved the way the story wrapped up.
I loved the secondary characters in this story. We first met Coen, Ella, and Hayden in Curveball and they are back in this story. Coen is Joey's younger brother and seeing the strength of the relationship between Joey and Coen made me happy and gave us good insight to how Joey is with the people he loves.
I also love Kennedy and Violet’s relationship and I couldn’t keep from wanting to be part of their little group. They’re so much fun together but still can be serious when they need to be. They offer unconditional support while being rational.
Grace and Kennedy have a unique relationship that is very emotional and my heart physically hurt when I learned of everything Grace went through. The fear was very real and I wanted to cry for them.
Overall, I enjoyed this emotional read and I hope there are new Haven Point books in the future because I would love more of the DeLuca family, Grace, and Violet!
Each in the small town of Haven Point, Virginia, fully expecting to go back to their city lives in Boston and D.C. within a matter of weeks. Kennedy as the small town girl back home with her tail between her legs because she can't seem to find a good job in Boston and Joey as the jaded but always loyal older brother to Coen (his story was told in Curveball) who is on a required break from his position as a Detective in D.C. Together they are uncomfortable at their current lot in life and seem to bring out the worst in each other. Neither will back down whether it's at her parents's store or at the pond she so fondly loves and the sparks are flying whether they want to admit it or not.
I loved that these two took their time and managed to figure out that perhaps staying in a loving small town and grasping the truth that they not only are attracted to each other but bring out the very best even when they feel otherwise, may just be the perfect ending for them both. Joey is one tough dude but the affection he has for his family warmed my heart. And Kennedy is a fighter and I felt for her as she doesn't know how to help her sister Grace when she is plagued so often with confusion. But there is a true love between the sisters and their parents just want what's best for both of them.
The addition of some crazy country characters who can't help but call their beloved Kennedy, Jellybean, rounded out a great story. Violet makes the perfect best friend to Kennedy and I'm glad she doesn't want to leave her bestie's side.
I do hope there is more since I have some unanswered questions wrt Grace and Ethan and wouldn't mind a love interest for Violet in Jackson.
Another wonderful read from an author I'm just getting to know, loving all of her words immensely.
5 solid stars!