Lindsey Hilliard flees her charmed life in New York, searching for answers after her fiance's betrayal fills her with self-doubt. Unfortunately, her rented Malibu home is next door to Levi Hardy, the sexy but insufferable man who humiliated her years ago.Read more...
Lindsey Hilliard flees her charmed life in New York, searching for answers after her fiance's betrayal fills her with self-doubt. Unfortunately, her rented Malibu home is next door to Levi Hardy, the sexy but insufferable man who humiliated her years ago.
Hardened by a grim past he keeps concealed, Levi prefers maintaining a comfortable distance from folks, especially a nosy princess like Lindsey. But then a motorcycle collision brings him to his knees, forcing him to accept her assistance with his recovery. Sparks begin to fly when the woman who doesn't believe in herself teaches the cynic how to have faith in others. Levi realizes his body will recover, but his heart won't if Lindsey returns to the ex who wants her back.
In the biggest gamble of his life, Levi teaches her to trust her own voice, and hopes she'll use it to say good-bye to her past and hello to a future with him.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Beck’s contemporary romance debut travels well-worn paths, but it’s infused with enough fresh detail to keep the reader engaged. Levi Hardy and Lindsey Hilliard first meet at a Florida resort, where older Levi embarrasses teenage Lindsey by refusing to serve her alcohol and questioning much of what she takes for granted. When they meet again seven years later as neighbors in Malibu, Lindsey has left her sheltered New York home in search of meaning and happiness, while freewheeling Levi is entirely content with his emotionally detached lifestyle. A car accident forces Levi to rely on his new neighbor, and they find that, despite their wildly divergent backgrounds, they have many things to learn from—and love about—each other. Many of the characters, particularly those in supporting roles, are more archetypes than people, but Lindsey and Levi are written with tremendous affection. Between the sweetness of the relationship and the summery beach setting, romance fans will find this a warming winter read. (Dec.)