The sweetest part of temptation is giving in…
Raphael (Angel) Coleman and Laurel Sitko were thick as thieves throughout their school years. The unlikely friendship between the rancher’s son and the preacher’s daughter might have gone unnoticed by most, but their shared laughter and connection were the best parts of Rafe's life growing up. Now that she’s returned to Rocky, he’s eager to move from friend to something far more intimate.
After three years away, Laurel’s ready to start over with the gorgeous cowboy who’s always owned a piece of her heart. But when her college ex shows up in town, she’s got a lot more to deal with than expected, including one suddenly possessive cowboy determined to protect her even as he tutors her through every sexual lesson in the book.
Desire flares hotter and hotter through stolen moments and willing seduction. But when tragedy strikes, Rafe’s left on shaky ground, his biggest fear now a reality that could tear them apart and rip forever from their grasp.
Will the connection forged by time be strong enough to see them through to the other side?
Rafe met an angel when sitting in the sandbox at school, an angel whose name was Laurel. Laurel knew she might find it hard starting in a new school but Rafe turned out to be everything she needed in a friend. So what if she's the preacher’s daughter because Rafe sees her exactly as she is and as they grow their bond is rock solid but time doesn't stand still and they both grow up and set out to build lives for themselves. Yet times change and Laurel returns home to Rocky only to find that what she left behind is still everything she needs and more besides. Can Rafe and Laurel truly find a way forward together or will past events rear their ugly head and stifle their happy ending?
Such a slow burn romance as Rafe is determined not to rush or force anything upon his best friend Laurel. That's probably the sweetest thing about their story as friends become lovers and Laurel learns that being part of the Coleman clan is like getting one giant hug! Yet there is sadness in this story, a deft light touch is employed but it still felt oh so very real. Don't worry though as you will enjoy seeing Rafe get all protective of his girl and there are genuinely funny moments as he battles down his inner caveman but to say more would be to reveal too much.
What I can say is I always feel happy when I read these stories and even though it's not a lifestyle I know, it still feels real. Every family has known sadness, we all keep secrets and yet the one thing that unites is wanting to belong and when I read this series I really want to be a part of the lovable Colemans!
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.