Title: Tracking You
Author: Kelly Moran
Series: Redwood Ridge #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 23rd May
Love isn’t always loud. Sometimes it’s silent.
Gabby Cosette has always been dubbed the good girl of quaint Redwood Ridge, Oregon, and being permanently put in the friend zone has left her dating life stagnant. With no prospects in sight, she clings to her friends and resolves to not let loneliness drag her under. So when the town Battleaxes set their matchmaking sights on her, she figures it can’t hurt. Yet the guy they think is perfect for her just happens to be not only her boss at the veterinarian clinic, but her best friend. Sure, Flynn O’Grady is attractive and the nicest guy around, but going there with him would topple both of their carefully constructed worlds and there would be no going back. Even if he is starting to make her girly parts zing.
Having been born deaf, Flynn has already felt like an outsider most of his life. Aside from his brothers, Gabby is about the only person who’s gone out of her way to treat him as more than a handicap. Which is exactly why he’s banked his secret attraction for his sweet, beautiful vet tech. Except his meddling family is trying to play Cupid and ruin the best thing to ever happen to him. Without Gabby, his work as a veterinarian, never mind his personal life, wouldn’t flow. Determined to ignore the antics, he’s secure in the knowledge she’s not interested in him romantically. But then a kiss changes everything . . . and he’s wondering if taking the ultimate shot at love might be worth the risk.
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine (Kensington) via NetGalley
Oh, Flynn. Seriously, this guy, this book, this series, my heart has gone to squish. He doesn’t always get things right where Gabby and his feelings are concerned, but he loves her so deeply and he tries so hard to make her happy, I just love him. Also, all the small ways in which his deafness has impacted his life – despite his confident exterior – just made him all the more impressive for me. He’s sweet and sexy and wonderful and I loved reading about him.
I liked Gabby too. She’s lovely and her connection with Flynn is undeniable. She’s also a good friend and is amazing with animals. And yet, there were times when I wanted to shake her. Yes, she has some confidence issues of her own, but throughout the book Flynn’s own issues come up again and again, that when the big blow up happened I wanted to smack her upside the head. Because it was obvious why that would be such a problem for him, yet she didn’t get it. I also felt so bad for Flynn when he was recounting all the special memories he had of her and she kept saying she didn’t remember, then went on to think he was the one who didn’t care. It made her seem a bit careless to be honest, and didn’t seem to fit in with how wonderful everyone insists she is.
Which is a shame, because the rest of this book was pure joy. Like Flynn, I kept wondering what would happen to go wrong, because these two are so perfect for each other that there almost doesn’t need to be a story. They’ve known each other forever, they’ve been best friends all along, they work together as a seamless unit and are essentially a couple in everyone’s eyes except their own. Yet, I still loved reading about them finally falling in love. Their chemistry is scorching and their romance is adorable.
Plus this book isn’t just about these two, but also the other characters that make up this series. I loved the scenes between Flynn and his niece-to-be Hailey, but it was also great to see more of his brothers. I had expected more from the Battleaxes, then again there really wasn’t much need for interference with these two. Unless they want to do something about Gabby’s sister – now that would be worth reading.
So for the most part, I loved this. Flynn is gorgeous, Gabby is his perfect match and the family remain great. A few little niggles here and there aside, this was a wonderful return to Redwood Ridge and I cannot wait to read the next one.
Tracking You is out May 23rd.
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