For odd-girl-out Zoey Hodge, the best thing about Buckhorn, Kentucky, was leaving it behind. And now she’s back—at least until she can nurse her mother back to health and hightail it out of there anew. But there’s one person she doesn’t mind seeing again. Garrett Hudson was one of the few who was always kind to her. Now he’s a firefighter—still one of the good guys, but with a sexy alpha charm that’s tempting her inner bad girl.
In school, Zoey was smart, witty and unafraid to be herself. Garrett fell hard back then, and he’s falling even faster now. As far as he’s concerned, there are all kinds of reasons Zoey should stick around. Her pet grooming business. Her mom. And the chance for him to prove that he can be her real-life hero in every way that matters…
This is a quick read – a novella that is attached to Lori Foster’s Buckhorn Brothers series. I haven’t read a single one of those books, but while it’s quite clear there are other characters to know, I wasn’t lost.
Foster excels at this kind of contemporary romance, and I liked the three-dimensional characters and lively dialogue in this one. In fact, it was one of the best pieces of writing I’ve come across from this author.
The only thing I didn’t like was that the first 20% of the story was devoted to talking about baby vomit! Uh, yuck.
I might have to check out the rest of this series if what I read here is anything to go by. It seems like fun.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.