Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 2
After a vacation fling, a high school sex ed guidance counselor and a single father are forced to face each other in real life.
Having been the honor roll student, good girl in high school who got pregnant at sixteen, Cassie Finnerty knows what can happen if teens aren’t educated about safe sex. Her job is to counsel the students, answer their questions, and hand out condoms when requested.
Jake Lucas is a divorced, single father raising his almost sixteen-year-old daughter. When the contents of his daughter’s purse spill and condoms tumble out, he freaks out. After interrogating his daughter, he finds out she got the condoms at school, so he goes to confront the person who gave them to her and gets the surprise of his life.
“It was a vacation fling. It ended with the vacation.” Or so they thought…
Luke is struggling to understand his daughter. Being a single parent is tough enough, but add in teenage attitude and hormones and things can only go from bad to worse. His best friend, Jay can’t sympathize, so instead tries to take him away from his problems with a vacation. Only what was supposed to be relaxing and restful turned out to be an exciting and arousing vacation fling with a woman Luke won’t soon forget. And he won’t have to either once he meets his daughter’s new guidance counselor.
Cassie may be able to clinically discuss as well as educate and guide young confused minds on the subject of sex, but she hasn’t had much luck with it in her own life. Having had a life altering experience at the impressionable age of sixteen, her professional goal now is to counsel young people away from making the same choices or mistakes she did. Unfortunately, despite her best efforts one can still manage to slip through the cracks and little did Cassie know how profoundly this one would affect her personally.
Ms. Gallagher is now one of my new favorite authors. This story is thought provoking with true to life situations and a passionate romance. The characters themselves were both vocally and visually easy to realize while reading with wonderful description and dialogue. There were just a few hiccups, during the first few scenes of the story in which there were abrupt endings or scene changes without warning, so I found myself re-reading lines to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. However, the majority of the story flowed really well and I became more emotionally invested in the characters with each chapter. The sex scenes too became increasingly spicier and expressive with each encounter. Overall, I really enjoyed the story for its believability in both the characters and their situation. The ending was perfect, but left possibilities open for the author to continue exploring Luke and Cassie’s story or move on to their commitment-phobic best friends.
All contemporary romance readers who would enjoy witnessing a deep relationship develop between two single parents should definitely read this story.
4 1/2 Tea Cups!