Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s business. Despite being an ex-con, Trace Hutton is irresistible. Too bad he’d never go for someone as inexperienced as Avery.
Trace needs to focus on the job at hand, not daydream about smearing icing all over the sexy baker…and licking it off. This job is the key to getting his construction company back on its feet after his time in prison. Besides, no one deserves a fresh start more than Avery, and she certainly won’t get that with him.
After a delectable night of passion (and pie), Trace craves something more. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let his checkered past crush her dreams. And as Avery starts to realize how Trace fulfills more than just her physical needs, she struggles with whether to let her history decide her future, or explore the wild new possibilities of forever…
Part of a Series: Yes – Book 2 of the Wildwood Series
POV: Alternating Avery and Trace
Steam-Level: Quite hot
In the second book of Skye Jordan’s Wildwood Series we get to see the attraction/relationship of Avery and Trace that was hinted at in book one. Like Forbidden Fling (book 1) this book was a fast, easy read with quite a bit of steam. I like that Jordan’s characters are strong and overcome difficult circumstances. The personality qualities/quirks are realistic of adults who have gone through what these characters have (Avery an abusive childhood and loveless marriage and Trace several years in prison and dealing with a father with Dementia) While I enjoyed this book I got tired of the second-guessing/self-loathing/pity that the characters engaged in at times – but I think that has to do more with my personality than a defect of the book. Jordan creates strong characters that overcome adversity and are stronger together.
I enjoyed seeing Delaney and Ethan from book one and their brewery but as any good stand-alone, they weren’t integral to the plotline, just adds another, deeper dimension when reading this book if you’ve read book one. I hope we get to meet Chloe in a future book.
I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the publisher/author via NetGalley. I am voluntarily giving an honest review.
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