In bestselling author Tina Wainscott’s gritty, emotional small-town romance—perfect for fans of Jasinda Wilder and Colleen Hoover—passions run high as a reformed bad boy reconnects with an old enemy . . . and gets her engine revving.
There’s no one Pax Sullivan wants to run into less than Gemma Thornton. Back in high school, she revved his heart more than street racing. But she picked his clean-cut brother over him—only to accuse Blake of an unforgivable crime. Eventually the charges were dropped and Gemma left town, but the hard feelings lingered . . . along with Pax’s gnawing “what-ifs.” Seven years later, just as he quits the police force to open a racetrack, Gemma’s back—and their chemistry is more combustible than ever.
If it were up to her, Gemma would never lay eyes on another Sullivan. She hates them, and they hate her—even Pax, who just so happens to be fixing up her father’s B&B. But the more time she spends with the lean, hard-bodied ex-cop at the inn and on the track, the more Gemma sees that Pax is nothing like his brother. Despite their anguished history, she’s tempted to take their relationship into high gear . . . if she can face the past and risk her heart.
This book was harsh from a romance point of view. In my humble opinion, there was a lot of reality (too much reality for my liking).
Pax and Gemma have a history. But because Gemma was shallow, insecure and narcissistic she let others talk her out of pursuing Pax and instead dated his brother. When that went disastrously wrong, Gemma was once again an outcast and alone. Now years later, she has apparently tried to heal from her wounds, but over and over again they arise during this story. The why is easy…going back to location of the crime, seeing the bullies and beeyaches that made her life miserable and knowing that the one person she could have loved she turned her back on…it’s all too much for her. At that moment, Gemma’s character turned around and I really began to feel for her and want a happy ending for her and Pax. Sadly, Pax has a freakshow family and he has to risk losing everything that matters to be with Gemma.
The side characters get fleshed out quite a bit in this story and add to the overall plot, but I still feel like I wanted from Blake’s wife…I sure hope she divorces his arse and finds a real man! As for Gemma and Pax, I enjoyed the moments when they were intimate and especially when Gemma gets real and honest and tells Pax how it was all those years ago. Enjoy!