When injured police officer Sean McKittrick heads to his cottage, he's planning on some much needed rest and recuperation. But the idyllic peace he expected to find is shattered by...children? It's not that Sean dislikes kids, he just isn't interested in having any of his own. Or in settling down, for that matter. Ever. Unfortunately, the woman in charge of his young neighbors has an unsettling way of making him forget why. Grace Daniels is attractive, single, and despite her brave face, overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for three nieces and a nephew. When she helps Sean out of a jam, he feels obliged to return the favor, but he soon realizes there's more to this cobbled-together little family than meets the eye. Grace is hiding something, a secret that piques Sean's cop suspicions-and stirs his protective instincts. As Sean digs for the truth, however, the line between professional concern and personal interest becomes increasingly blurred. A family might not be quite what he had in mind for his future, but he's beginning to wonder if he can live without this one...or if he wants to.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10
In Poitevin’s compelling romance, a cop recovering from a shooting and a woman hiding her sister’s children from their abusive father unexpectedly come together. Grace Daniels is a nuanced character, struggling realistically with managing and hiding four children in the middle of nowhere. Sean McKittrick is a likable hero who is willing to help children put masking tape casts on their stuffed animals. Though the two gradually grow closer over their common concern for the children, the realization of love kicked off by immediate danger seems a bit abrupt. Still, adorable secondary characters and realistic dialogue elevate this tale above most.
Date Submitted: September 08, 2016