By Kelly Moran
Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: September 26, 2017
Loving someone is something you never forget how to do . . .
Zoe Hornsby has enough on her plate. Her pet grooming business tucked inside her friends’ veterinarian clinic is busy, and all her free time outside of work is dedicated to caring for her mother’s ailing mind. Dating is certainly not on her agenda. For all she cares, the town gossips of Redwood Ridge, Oregon, can set their matchmaking sights on someone else. Because no way would she consider sexy veterinarian Drake O’Grady her perfect guy. Once upon a time, she may have harbored a little crush, but he’d only had eyes for her best friend. And the crazy attraction building between her and Drake now? Down boy, down.
After Drake lost his wife to cancer, he’s finally clawed his way out of grief and beginning to feel more like a part of the human race. But he’s appalled to learn his prying family thinks he’s ready to jump in the dating pool. And the woman they thrust at him couldn’t be more inappropriate. As his dead wife’s best friend, Zoe is off limits. Even if they seem to share a common sadness, she is too potent a personality to get romantically tangled with. Yet she’s making his heart beat and blood roar like he never thought it could again. And he doesn’t want to just exist anymore . . .
Praise for the Redwood Ridge Romances!
“If you’re a Jill Shalvis fan, Kelly Moran should be on your auto-buy list. New Tricks is a heart-touching, toe-curling, binge-worthy read, and puts Kelly firmly on my list of beloved romance authors.” — Kelsey Browning, USA Today Bestseller
“The chemistry is sizzling in this series opener.” — Library Journal on Puppy Love
“Full of warmth and heart. Laced with humor, tenderness and heat, Puppy Love is a winner.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Puppy Love is a riveting romance that will pull at your heartstrings and not let go.” —Patrice Wilton, New York Times bestselling author
“Tender and emotional, Moran writes characters who touch your heart and romance that will take your breath away.” —Marina Adair, #1 National bestselling author on Tracking You
“Tracking You is sunshine, inspiration, humor, and heart rolled into one small powerful package. One taste is never enough.” —Night Owl Reviews, 5 stars, Top Review Honors
Received an ARC from Netgalley on behalf of Kensington Books Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I am not a widow and I pray I never have to be one. However, having to be a widow at a young age, even if that is in your late 20’s early 30’s cannot be easy. I had a friend who became a widow and was left with two little ones. You hear stories of such here and there, but you can never put yourself in that situation. The thoughts can become too painful. Drake is in that situation.
Drake has been a widow for about 4 years now. His wife, Heather, passed away from ovarian cancer. They didn’t have any children, but the turmoil and life altering consequences have left scars on his heart. He is just now getting out of his rut. Barely. The main person that has helped him deal with the loss of Heather is her best friend Zoe.
Zoe and Heather were best friends forever. They were complete opposites, but balanced one another off well. Zoe has sacrificed so much of her own happiness for those she cares about, including her love for Drake. She is now sacrificing everything for her mother that has dementia – Alzheimer’s. It has gotten pretty bad at her house. She tries to take care of everything herself, but that is not always possible. Drake has been able to get through to Zoe’s mother and wants to help. Zoe just pushes him away. Drake has not a problem pushing back and making sure Zoe knows he isn’t going anywhere.
These two stubborn individuals realize that handling everything on their own isn’t going to always work out. They need each other to help pick up the pieces. Drake overcoming the death of his wife and Zoe trying to keep her life together, make these two the perfect opposites and complementary for each other.
With meddling aunts and moms, friends that have to put their two cents in, and their own passionate desires, these two opposite friends will succumb to their need for comfort and longing love towards one another.
I am going to tell you now. I loved this story. It was great. So many layers to these characters. They had real issues and obstacles to each overcome. They couldn’t just jump into a romantic relationship with one another, it had to be gradual and in their own time.
(Small Spoiler) Drake is amazing. He is patient, strong, and level headed. He is a mans man. Which makes him Oh, So desirable! I love that Zoe is confident in some parts of her life and other ones not so much. She tells Drake she doesn’t want to replace Heather, but she does want to have Drake’s heart. When Drake finally tells her how he feels he expresses and gives Zoe security of his love for both Heather and her. He expresses how he loves them each differently and equally. I loved it. It was one of my favorite scenes in the book. (End of Spoiler)
I highly recommend this story, you will not be upset. You will get your HEA and some nice steam to go with it.
I HIGHLY recommend!