Synopsis: “Dumped on the eve of her wedding and looking for a quiet place to lick her emotional wounds, Maggie Harris joins her sister on Solace Island, where she hopes to recover from the stunning betrayal. At first, Maggie resists Eve’s impassioned argument about relocating permanently so the sisters can open their own local bakery. What she definitely doesn’t need on her road to recovery are Eve’s efforts to fix her up with their mysterious and alluring neighbor, Luke Benson–even if he is incredibly handsome and desirable.
Just as Maggie starts to get comfortable in her new surroundings, a car tries to run her down in the middle of the street. If it weren’t for Luke’s extremely quick reflexes, Maggie could have been killed, leading her to wonder just who exactly Luke Benson really is…
Luke thought he’d left the violence of the high risk security world behind. But he can’t stand by while Maggie’s life is threatened. Luke will do anything to keep her safe–even moving Maggie and her sister into his house with its state-of-the-art security features. But with the secrets between them and an unknown threat stalking her heels, Luke will have to think fast to prove to Maggie that she can trust him with her life–and with her heart.”
After being dumped by her fiance the night of her bachelorette party, Maggie begrudgingly agrees to go on a vacation with her sister ,Eve, to a small island in the Pacific Northwest for a few weeks to recover and find herself. Swearing men off indefinitely, Maggie finds herself continuously running into the handsome Luke, the resident bread baker/total hottie on the island, and as feelings begin to develop for Luke Maggie finds herself questioning her man-ban. Likewise, Luke finds Maggie to be equally intriguing and despite a terrible romantic past he shares with Maggie, Luke finds himself being drawn to her more and more. But Maggie’s past begins to find her on the island and as the feelings between her and Luke begin to develop, so does the danger.
Maggie was a sweet, goofy, and overall likable character who was easy to relate to and had many scenes where she made me out laugh out loud. Luke was tough but also charming and I loved the witty banter him and Maggie shared. Their relationship was totally cute and I would have loved it more if it weren’t for the feeling it was almost an insta-love between the two of them.
Solace Island was described beautifully and the imagery made me want to pack up all my bags and promptly move there as well. I enjoyed the coziness and quaintness of it all and cannot wait to read the next book in the series about Maggie’s sister, Eve. I’ve rated this a 4 stars as I enjoyed it greatly but felt the pacing of it was off throughout the book: at times moving quickly and other times moving slowly. The suspense portion of this novel did not begin to surface until about 2/3’s of the way through the story but once it kicked in, I was on the edge of my seat. And prepare yourself for a bit of a twist at the end when the “bad guy” is revealed. This was an easy, fun read with the right amount of suspense in it, perfect for a cool, fall day bundled up on your couch.
*I received access to this galley for free through the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review*