Storm Decker returns to Red Hook, Brooklyn, to care for the man who raised him like a son and face the woman he loved with all his heart; can they overcome the oceans that separate them and the walls they’ve built to protect themselves, or is it even a good idea to try?
When Storm gets word that Pete, the man who took him in as a child, is sick and needs help running his tavern, he takes the first flight out from New Zealand, sneaking into the house in the middle of the night—only to be met by Breanna Collins and a smack to the head with a frying pan. Not a revenge smack, but a survival one—Bree thinks he’s a burglar. And not that he doesn’t deserve a revenge smack, since he abandoned her mid-kiss-that-was-definitely-leading-to-something-else 11 years ago and never once looked back. Bree wouldn’t mind if she never saw Storm again, but she needs his help with Pete and Nicki, the 10-year-old girl Pete’s taken in, so she’ll put up with him. For now. And she’ll do everything in her power to deny the sizzling attraction they both feel and the sense of unfinished business that lingers between them. After all, he’s made it clear he’s headed back to his life and his business halfway across the globe and that the quicker he gets out of Red Hook the happier he’ll be. But the neighborhood has changed, and the woman who holds it all together with fierce love and loyalty is more compelling than ever. Storm left her once for her own good. He’s not sure he can do it again. And the more time he spends in Red Hook with Bree, the less sure he is he even wants to.
Fluid storytelling, convincing characters and an arc that is both passionate and poignant make for an emotionally gratifying contemporary romance.