This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Worth the Wait by Lori Foster
Series: Guthrie Brothers #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Books
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Ready or not…love will find a way
Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be.
Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.
Most of the time, romance books focus on one couple but in Worth the Wait the story follows the relationship of two couples. Hogan Guthrie, Violet Shaw and Nathan Hawley, Brooklin Sweet are two couples with very different starts. When considering this book for a review, I was curious to see how this story would flow with two different romance storylines. I was delighted that both storylines were unique but that the stories were also woven together with the result being a lighthearted romantic read.
The majority of the story surrounds Hogan and Violet and their delicate dance of romance. From the way the story unfurls, it is apparent that there must have been mention of these two characters in the first book of this series. Hogan was apparently quite the playboy but lately he has singled his focus to be on only Violet. Violet has the hots for Hogan but felt that she did not have the time for the drama that a romance with him would bring, but boy, did she want him.
When Violet becomes ill, Hogan saw an opportunity to get past the prickly exterior that Violet wears and it started a friendship that quickly develops into a possible “friends with benefits” situation. Hogan was burned by his ex-wife and he is not willing to give anyone the chance to hurt him or his son again. Not sure what she wants exactly, Violet is willing to dance to Hogan’s tune, for now. As things heat up both these characters have to come to terms with what they really want and what they are willing to sacrifice to see how far this road will lead.
Nathan is a former SWAT member who is no stranger to trauma. When Brooklin sneaks into town he is not put off by her standoffish attitude. If anything, it makes him more intrigued and gives him the desire to find out what is behind the shield she puts around herself. Brooklin is running from her past. She has been hurt and wants to keep her past securely behind her. Too bad her pesky neighbor, Nathan, will not leave her alone. She should be annoyed by how he pries into her personal life but there is something about him that heats her up. When Brooklin’s past finds its way to this small town, it affects both couples and the outcome is way more than anyone ever bargained for.
Worth the Wait is told from multiple points of view and I enjoyed that. It is always nice to know what is going on inside the heads of characters. It also helped the flow of the story as the couple’s stories are separate but intertwine during certain scenes. I did feel slightly lost from not having read the previous book in this series. There was history between many of these characters that I eventually understood but would have enjoyed knowing at the start. Overall it was an enjoyable read that has plenty of steamy and swoony moments as well as humor, mystery and a wee bit of danger. This is a sweet read that I would recommend to all romance readers.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Harlequin Books for this eARC of Worth the Wait*