We're ending the year off on a high note with Mike's Way Back by Amy Gregory. Keep reading to get a taste of this book along with my impressions of it. Learn even more by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour. Make sure to fill out the form for your chance to win books too!
Detective Mike Sterling walked away from his dream job telling himself it was to honor the promise he’d made his mother, while lying in a Chicago emergency room. A year later, he’s still fighting the demons that followed him back to his boyhood town.
Taryn Watts is an award-winning designer, going from project to project, living from a suitcase. Her plan for Renlend Kansas was the same as always. Go in, get the job done and get out, just the way she likes it. Growing up as a cop’s daughter, her every move was controlled. When she escaped to college she vowed to never fall in love with a cop –ever. Until she found herself sitting across from the ruggedly handsome stranger. Looking into Mike’s ice blue eyes they pulled her, called to her, but there was a haunting in them she knew too well.
Mike is drawn to Taryn, her passion for her work and her stunning beauty left him breathless, but what surprises him most is the peace he feels when he’s near her. Maybe it’s because Taryn is a temporary addition to his town and his secret is safe, or maybe it’s because she makes him feel safe. Mike knows he can’t keep up this charade and when Taryn moves to Renlend for an extended stay he can’t hide the truth any longer.
Can Taryn forget he’s a cop and give him her heart, or will his demons drive them apart?
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
From the moment I saw this cover I knew I had to read it and was ultimately drawn to the protagonists as they were likable and easy to relate to. The storyline itself is nothing special but the characters easily drew me in as they tried to work through issues in their pasts while forging an unexpectedly sweet and sexy relationship. Mike has moved back home after a traumatic life-altering event has left him with guilt and doubt. He's not looking for a relationship but finds himself immediately drawn to Taryn with no promises of a future. Theirs is a romance that evolves slowly with two very equal people that made for an entertaining journey full of sexual tension. Mike is a delightful hero as he's strong-willed and willing to go after what he wants. He's an unexpected romantic in a muscular package.
Taryn is in town for a short period of time and not looking for a relationship, especially with a cop as her father was one and she swore never to enter that dangerous kind of life again. Instead of fear though he inspires safety and comfort in her and she's more than a match for him. She's equally strong-willed with a supportive group of friends surrounding her that enhances the heartwarming aspects of this story.
From its likable main characters to an entertaining cast of secondary characters this story told an enjoyable journey to HEA. This is the kind of story where you know what you're going to get and with Ms. Gregory at the helm you get just that and more!
My rating or this is a B+
*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.
She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!
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