**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
Sean and Tracey’s story is here. If you’ve read book 1, which you should because it’s good, then you’ll recognize this couple. Sean, Seth’s friend, and Tracey, Abbey’s friend, met the same night that Seth and Abbey saw each other again and Seth was finally able to make his move.
Sean and Tracey instantly hit it off and proceeded to enjoy some sexy time. Yes, they have some serious chemistry. But, that isn’t all they have. Feelings are developing between them and for Tracey that’s a scary thing. Oddly enough, Tracey doesn’t have any traumatic past relationship experience that made her this way. She’s just always been the “friends with benefits” type. No serious connections, it’s all about the pleasure and that’s it. You follow her terms or you’re done. I found it refreshing that the woman was the commitment phobe in this story. Sean wanted more and Tracey was scared. Now, in her defense, she did have legitimate reasons for this caution. She was a marriage counselor before starting her own practice and hearing what couples who had professed to always love each other, were capable of putting the love of their life through, has understandably left her somewhat jaded.
Sean knows they have something real between them, something that will lead to wedding bells, he just has to convince her of that. But first, they have to figure out who is bothering Tracey and keep her safe. Will Sean protect her from the danger? Will Tracey realize that Sean is the one for her and accept his place in her life?
On a side note, we get to visit with Seth and Abbey again. They’re still dealing with her ex-husband, on top of planning their wedding. Will justice be served, therefore keeping Abbey and her son, Brian, safe? Will Seth and Abbey’s wedding proceed as planned? What special announcement is made at the wedding? Read the book and find out the answers to all your questions. Plus, get a sneak peek at who the next couple may be. I have my suspicions on who it is and I hope I’m right.
I highly recommend this series. Both books one and two hooked me without my knowledge. Yes, that sounds weird, but it’s true. Just like with book one, whenever i had to put my book down (grrr), I would wonder what would happen next. That’s when you know the characters have snuck into your head and heart and you weren’t even aware of it. That’s a beautiful thing in my opinion.
There are two things that took some adjusting, but I feel they’ll eventually work itself out as the author grows professionally. The first being the lack of contractions. I noticed it in the first book as well, but didn’t think too much of it since it was her debut, but they’re also missing from this one as well. While this in no way reflects on the author, it’s more of my preference as a reader. In our daily lives, we use contractions. It’s just a way of speaking that seems to flow more naturally, whereas saying “I am,” “I have,” “I will,” etc., seems more formal. Now that being said, I have read other authors that also leave contractions out of their books. It may just very well be their preference, and as the author, that is certainly their prerogative, however, as the reader, it seems like a more stilted form of speech. Secondly, and again I think this will change as time goes on and she finds her niche, some of the information we’re given could be left out, insomuch as it would work just as well if we’re shown something, as opposed to being told it. Other than those two things, and they didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story at all because they’re just more of a personal preference, I am still just as enamored by this author as I was after finishing the first book. I’m looking forward to book three as I’m excited to see the journey Alison takes that couple on to find their HEA.
**4.5 out of 5 Hearts from Cariad Books.**