Series: Midnight Cove #1
Author: Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2019
Since my divorce five years ago, these are the two labels I've identified with. Now, I'm ready for more. Ready to give dating a shot, even with an eight-year-old daughter and twenty-four hour shifts needing my attention.
When Sydney has a snow-day and we have an epic malfunction in the kitchen, we decide to head to the breakfast joint we've frequented for years.
Except today something is different.
Our normal waitress, Emma, isn't all baggy clothes and ducking her head to keep me from seeing her face. Today? Today I feel like I see her for the first time, and damned if our gazes don't ignite a heat I've only felt while on the job.
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I love reading Laramie Briscoe books! It's especially fun to be introduced to a new series and fall in love. This book features the trademark alpha law enforcement officer Ms. Briscoe writes so very well, as well as a female lead who we all want to be for so very many reasons.
I enjoyed this tale of a firefighter doing the single dad thing...meeting the right person at the right time. There was an overwhelming sense of second chances, living life in the moment, and open communication. It was a well written feel good book, without being sickly sweet or over the top.
Single Dad Ashford is doing his best to be the only parent for his daughter Sydney. He has a great village to help, and does his best to keep his attitude towards his ex neutral for his daughter. In addition to parenting, he's a firefighter for the town of Midnight Cove. Emma is a waitress at the diner Ash visits as well as working at the local library. The two knew each other in high school...and Emma's been nursing a crush on Ash ever since. Ash takes a chance leaving his number for her at the diner, and Emma takes a chance and texts him. That first text conversation is one of my favorite parts of the book. These two took the time to get reacquainted, be honest, be brave, and take chances. These characters reminded me of some of Ms. Briscoe's other books (“Trick” and “Menace”).
Emma had a crush on Ash for a while, so we know how she feels. Meanwhile Ash comes to a previously unknown revelation about Emma...coming out of a post divorce/kid raising fog to step into a new phase where he has feelings for a woman. Despite never being in any of those situations, the emotions were so well written and laid out that it was exhilarating to read their attraction! From that first text conversation to their dates, to the interactions with Sydney, and of course the smoking hot sex; these two made it all work seamlessly.
This book ended much too quickly, but in the best of ways. It seemed so short and now I have to wait impatiently for the next book in the series. This book came to me at just the right time to give me faith in people-it was refreshing to read about divorced parents who could be civil and kind; to read about people who built others up instead of tearing them down; to read about people taking a risk to be better. I also felt that Ms. Briscoe did a good job of writing about the struggles a firefighter may deal with in life-not too over the top, and not downplayed. I hope it was true to life, and my utmost respect and thanks goes out to those protecting our nation.
While much too short for my greedy reader heart, I loved this happily ever after tale of a sexy firefighter and his lovely lady who finds her new place in life (can't give that away!). May we all strive to be diplomatic, kind, honest, open, and willing to communicate with those we love. Can't wait to see who gets to star in book two in the series!
“It could have been a good decision, may have been bad, but I won't know unless I try...The only missed opportunities are the ones we never take and damned if I didn't just take one today.”
“I'm sure I'm looking at her like she's just word-vomited a confession to killing someone.”
“I need this kiss like I need coffee in the morning, like chocolate to cure a bad day. I want it, and I'm taking it.”
Plot = 5/5 Characters = 5/5 Heat = 5/5 Writing Style = 5/5 Overall Rating = 5/5
Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin' Country Series.
Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She's been called "a very young Maya Banks" (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being "sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart".
When she's not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.
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