An honorable man who’s lost his way . . . A career woman who hides behind her button-up suits . . . Unexpected romance is the specialty at the Fireside Grill as Stacey Lynn’s captivating series comes full circle.
Becoming an ER doctor had been David McGregor’s mission ever since he could remember. But after tragedy strikes at his hospital in Chicago, David runs away from the guilt—all the way back to Latham Hills, Michigan, where he takes a job tending bar at his childhood friend’s restaurant. That’s how he meets Camden Reed, and the way Camden refuses to give him the time of day should be a turnoff. Instead, he’s drawn to her tough, tightly wound exterior, and soon David realizes that he has a new mission: to see her tightly wound beneath him. Camden’s fighting tooth and nail to resist the desire she feels for David. Growing up dirt-poor, raised by a single mother, she worked twice as hard to get where she is today, and she doesn’t have any patience for the kind of guy who’d give up a decent paycheck to sling drinks. But when the sexual tension finally combusts between the sheets, Camden discovers that people aren’t always what they seem. As David pushes her past her limits, Camden begins to loosen up—and to trust that, when she falls, there will be someone waiting to catch her.
I liked Camden, I really did. I liked getting to peek inside her walls, finding out what made her tick even as it broke my heart. She closed herself off to so much so it was wonderful to watch David coax her back into the land of the living in a way nobody else had been able to. I did want to shake her at one point, but even then I understood where she was coming from.
I loved, loved, loved David. I loved how he pushed Camden out of her comfort zone all while still keeping his promise to her to keep her safe. I loved that it wasn't instant love between them, that we got to watch it grow and develop. And I loved that he was so supportive and caring-he was a pretty great book boyfriend.
I was invested in the happiness of these characters. I wanted them to be together. I wanted them to be happy. Based on their chemistry I thought they would suit and I loved watching them figure out just how well suited they were.
I enjoyed getting to revisit characters from the past-that's always a fun perk to me of reading a series. I feel like I could be in this group of friends. I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
This ended up working for me, because while this was how Camden was able to allow herself to become involved with David, it wasn't where David was in their relationship.
The books with a secret one of them is keeping from the other can be a tough sell, as it feels their is a "lie" between them. In this one, the lie didn't bother me as much as the resolution did. I am not really able to get into it, as that would be a spoiler for the resolution of the story...but I was not really able to buy into the decisions David made with the path of his life. I just didn't think this would happen...or if it would, as there is likely someone out there who has done similar, it was too easy in the story.
This is the last of the books, so there was some narrative that was focused with the other characters, which was balanced nicely without taking away from David and Camden.
I do recommend this book, but with the minor reservation that I was not fully able to engage with the entire story ARC.
In the darkness, I saw a flash of his white teeth. “I like it when you beg. When you need me.”
Tonight’s need was selfish. A moment to forget the loneliness. A moment to take what I’d been too chicken to go after for months even though it was right in front of me.
He’d been right before my eyes, flirting relentlessly and trying to break me down. Tonight, I was tired of fighting the pull I’d felt for him despite how wrong I knew he was for me. This was one night. A moment of wildness I didn’t usually indulge in, but who didn’t enjoy getting laid at a friend’s wedding? It was almost a requirement.
His hands dropped to my knees, spreading them wide so he could step in between them.
His fingers teased my thighs, running up and down my bare flesh until I shivered from the softness of his touch.
My eyes were half-lidded when I forced myself to look at him. I saw only his lust for me, and my heart rioted against my rib cage.
Damn . . . he wanted me. It was as thrilling as it was terrifying.
One of his hands left my leg and cupped the back of my neck. He pulled me to him until our foreheads touched.
“I want this,” he said, his voice thick and gruff. “Tell me you want this.”
“I want it.”
“Tell me you want me.”
I couldn’t. A long time ago I swore to myself I’d never be vulnerable again. I certainly wasn’t about to make that admission when all I currently wanted was a night of pretending and forgetting.
“Camden, I want you to know that when I sink into you, when I push your panties to the side and run my fingers through your wetness, this isn’t a one-time thing for us. This is the beginning.”
I shivered again. From his words, his promise—something I so desperately craved but was too terrified to take hold of.
I shifted my hips, pulling him to me until his erection brushed against my center.
“Tonight.” I gasped as he rubbed against me in the perfect spot. “It’s all I can promise.”
He chuckled, moving his mouth against my cheek, down to my jaw and my throat. “We’ll see about that.”
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