A love worth waiting for
Walking in her sisters’ successful footsteps is a tough act to follow. But Summer Dupree has high hopes for the new Bare Sophistication lingerie boutique slated for a grand opening in Miami. Then she spies a familiar face. Up-and-coming fashion photographer Aiden Chase brings back cherished—and painful—memories. And now her childhood confidant and fiercest protector is determined to take their former relationship to a new intimate level.
In the magic city to pursue his dreams, Aiden isn’t letting Summer slip away again. He can’t change the past—or events that altered his best friend’s life forever. But he’s ready to create a future together. Even when an unexpected threat resurfaces, Aiden won’t give up this time without a fight. Can he turn his long-simmering passion for Summer into a love story for the ages?
This is a book about two nice people who have been best friends their whole lives, but lost touch with each other. They – obviously – end up as more than that when they reconnect as adults, and I liked that they earned that happiness through not being completely stupid or mean earlier on.
The story does begin with a totally unnecessary prologue, where the heroine goes to her high school reunion, gets unrealistically attacked by a stereotypical “mean girl”, and then leaves. I think the book could have started after that scene, which would have given it the added bonus of dropping the unneeded misogyny.
We go back and forth between past and present, seeing hero and heroine from small children through to the adults they are today. I often like this sort of thing, but these Kimani books are only 55 000 words long, and it didn’t leave much room to establish a relationship in the present.
There was good and bad with this one, and – as I said at the start – having two nice people in the starring roles was the best bit.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.