Two people, who regret their missed chance, just might get another…
Sexy Australian pro surfer Cooper Malone lives his dreams on beaches all over the world. While surfing is his passion, he can’t quite suppress the longing for a permanent home with the one woman he let slip away.
World traveler Maggie MacLean first laid eyes on Cooper in a crowded bar on the island resort of Bali six years ago. The sparks and sizzle nearly scorched her bikini, but she never had a chance to explore that intense attraction. Later, when Maggie’s pregnant by a man who wants nothing to do with their child, she puts her passport away and heads home to California to be the best mom she can be.
But when a possible career ending injury sidelines Cooper from his beloved waves, he moves in with the one friend he’s been able to count on. Maggie and Cooper have ignored the burn of attraction for six years. Maggie’s not willing to risk their friendship or her son’s heartbreak when Cooper inevitably leaves to compete, but what if this time Cooper stays and Maggie allows their second chance at love to flame?
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This was a really sweet, thoroughly enjoyable tale to round out the Millionaire Malones books – which all standalone very well, so you don’t have to worry if you haven’t read the others. I love a good friends to lovers tale, especially when a sexy guy like Cooper has been in love with Maggie for years. Mostly, though, I loved this book for Evan. He’s adorable and his relationship with Cooper is just perfect.
Not that Maggie isn’t great, because she’s clearly done an amazing job raising her little boy, especially when his unexpectedness turned her life upside down. Despite Evan’s father never showing any interest in his son, Maggie has created a good, strong life for the pair of them. Of course having had Cooper around so often has definitely helped, but I could completely see why she didn’t want to lose any part of her friendship with him.
Combining a cute kid, a sexy surfer and a straightforward single mother with a bit of rehab, a hefty bucket of chemistry and a bit of emotional hesitance, this was a lovely read, easy and fun, with moments of heat but even more of sweetness. There was a bit towards the end where drama seemed to be thrown in for no particular reason, and was cleared up far too swiftly, but on the whole the story runs smoothly. However, if bad language isn’t your thing, be warned because there’s plenty of it here, which is a little unexpected in a Tule book, but doesn’t bother me.
If you’re looking for something fairly quick, packed with sunshine and sweetness with added chemistry on the side, then you should probably enjoy this. I did.
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