Rating: 5/5
PoP: 16%
Series: Boys of Jackson Harbor # 7
Tropes: close-proximity, co-workers, damaged hero, family series, grumpy-sunshine, instant-attraction, single-mom, small town romance

I was so excited to be back in Jackson Harbor. I love this series and recommend it all the time.  I was a bit skeptical how Lexi Ryan was going to have me rooting for Veronica.  But I was not prepared for the unexpected emotion this story brought.    Since this title was announced I wasn’t sure how the author could take 2 unlikable antagonist and have us rooting for them.

Colton’s past is not pretty.  Colton was not always the most stand up of guys.  We see glimpse of who he was and choice he made before he chose to get sober and stay sober in Dirty, Reckless Love. Seeing sober Colton is eye opening and he really is leading a good life and is a good person.    

Veronica has been the “bad twin” her whole life.  Honestly just wants to be loved. The choices she made in the past were all seeking to just be loved and taken care off.  Veronica’s past choices were super shitty and I get why no one trusts her and keep her at arm’s length.  She now has a 3yr old son. She has put her head down and worked hard. So for certain people to continue to keep her at arm’s length and treat her like a villain pissed me off in this book. 

 In the end Colton and Veronica both feel as though they are on the outside looking into happiness and family. Neither is sure how to create this for themselves because they both feel they don’t deserve it.  

They truly are perfect for one another. Both have moved past their mistakes and are trying to be the best they can.  There is so much working against them to get to their HEA.  Colton fights what he feels for her because he feels she deserves so much more. There are some big swoony moments from Colton, and I was there for them. He won some big points there.  I was not prepared for the emotions in this story. Since this title was announced I wasn’t sure how the author could take 2 unlikable antagonist and flip us on our heads and have us rooting for them.