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There are so many things to love about this story that it's hard to know where to start! One of the things I really enjoy about Zoe's writing is that she has a knack for not sugar coating reality. Marriage is hard. Marriage takes work. Marriage needs understanding and patience. And when a marriage fails, it is rarely the fault of only one party. In this story both Olivia and Rafe are finally able to admit to themselves and to each other that they both made mistakes. Bedroom compatibility had never been the problem and the sexual tension still exists and flourishes whenever they are together. Zoe crafts love scenes between them that are sensual and emotional, full of the reality of the love they still share for each other even if they aren't still married. Rafe is a handsome, caring man, dedicated to his family and his town and trying to balance that with his commitment to his marriage. He knows that he has failed Olivia and is willing to do anything to have her give him another chance. Olivia is friendly, outgoing, and her divorce from Rafe was out of a sense of desperation that he didn't value her enough over his other obligations. When she takes on a new career path, it occurs to her that part of her marriage problems came about because she resented Rafe's time away from her instead of finding something to fulfill those hours for herself. As she comes to understand this she also comes to understand Rafe better, and this understanding leads her to realize that she could have been a better partner too. The progress of their romance as they rekindle old feelings was wonderful to read.
The secondary characters play important roles in the story as well. Rafe's mother, an Italian busybody, is the quintessential interfering mother-in-law. I liked that she was portrayed that way as it highlighted one of the many problems that married couples often face. Rafe's police and army colleagues are key to the plot as well, highlighting the tension and realities of the stresses faced on the job. While there were action and suspenseful scenes, there were also moments of humour and good natured camaraderie.
My overall impression of this book is that it is a warm, touching love story full of sensuality, romance and emotional moments. A wonderful start to a new series! 5 stars!
For me, at the beginning, it was really difficult to understand how they could be divorced, want each other so much, and struggle with being around each other. I also couldn't understand the whole situation with Olivia's friend, Lynn. What was the mystery? It wasn't resolved in this book. Hopefully it will become clear in future books. Otherwise, there was no point in mentioning it.
The whole situation with his mother liking/not liking her was confusing to me. The book became easier for me to read about 35, 40% of the way in to it., then, I was really into the story.
The wrap up did seem to be rather quick and abrupt. Maybe there were too many things going on for the length of this book.
Olivia and Rafe have been divorced 2 years yet neither of them have moved on. He is a police officer and also does military reserves which leave him little time for his wife. This is their problem, his always putting his job before her. She not being from the area, and working for his mother had very little else in her life but him. She grew resentful so after fighting for so long they divorced. The love for each other is still there so he sets out to try to win her back. They do get their HEA however what I was disappointed in was they never really resolved their issues and her working a new job with as many hours as he didn't seem to be a solution.
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