Title: Be Mine Again
Series: The President's Daughters #3
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 7, 2022
He rejected her for career gains years ago and now he wants her back…
The middle president’s daughter, Hannah Masters Manwaring, has built a sustainable life on a small plot of land in picturesque upstate New York. She either grows what she needs, or she swaps for it, and she can fix or make just about anything. Sure, she’d like to find a guy to spend her life with, but that’s low on her list of “things to do.” Besides, she’s independent as hell!
Special Agent Zeke Carter was a cocky bastard for years. He sacrificed everything, even love, to get ahead in the Secret Service. And he did succeed all the way up to guarding President James Manwaring during his last year in office. He hoped he could forget the woman he sacrificed for his career, but unfortunately, he didn’t. At forty, he’s faced with irrevocable choices again.
Eventually he comes to terms with what he has to do. He leaves the Secret Service and goes to Rockford to find Hannah. He tells her he wants her back, but she’s having none of it. She’ll never forgive him and orders him to leave town. But he stays in Rockford and causes havoc in her life.
Hannah isn’t buying Zeke’s transformation from alpha male to nice guy. And he keeps making things worse by being pushy with her. She loves him, but can she ever forget the soul-crunching pain he caused her?
If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her second chance with him.
If she does, and he hurts her, she won’t survive a second time.
I really enjoy second chance romances. There is something about the idea of characters rebuilding on a past connection that draws me to their stories.
Hannah is the daughter of a former President and Zeke was a member of the Secret Service, and when she was 18 and he was 24, they were involved in a relationship that is definitely against the rules. Until he ended it as it would get in the way of his career progression. He was right. It would have...but, Hannah is still bitter years later when he moves to her small town to start a security company after finding a job protecting the town's mayor.
All of the pieces were here for this title to really work for me...but, there was something missing from this one. I think part of it was the jump from POVs, not just of the main title characters but to other secondary characters whom I didn't feel I was all that well acquainted with.
I know the series has been going on for a while with the characters, so I understand why they did this...but it makes it difficult to totally call this a standalone. I also found that the POV jumps removed me somewhat from the story as I was not as involved with the secondary characters as I was the main ones, and the switch felt abrupt in places.
I have read other books by this author and usually enjoy them a lot more than I did this one. Not saying I didn't like it, just that it wasn't my favorite of hers. That said, I enjoyed and recommend this title, especially for readers who have read all of the previous books.
A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction. One of her firefighter books hit #20 on the NEW YORK TIMES list. Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over ten million copies of her books in print and downloaded online. Readers call her work heartwarming.