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?
This book was beautiful. Just simply beautiful.
Mike left the big city where he was a cop after the incident that left him in the hospital. He told himself and everyone that it was for his mom, who wanted him to move closer to home. But reality spoke a different language, Mike was afraid that it would happen again if he stayed in Chicago. So he moved back to the small town where his family was and started over as a detective there. But one day while sitting in the bar eating his dinner, he saw her and knew in an instant that she was going to change his world.
Taryn was in that small little town on that day for her job. She loved what she did. She had left home many years ago to escape the control of her father and brothers. She made a home for herself with her business partner, Andrew. Her life was great. Well except her last serious boyfriend was years before and she hadn’t had sex in quite a while. She had built this confident aire about her that nothing would get in the way of. She didn’t have time for a relationship and she certainly didn’t have time to have one with a cop.
But there was a spark, when they shook hands for the first time, they both felt it. He was everything she swore she never wanted and she was everything he wasn’t sure he could have. But these two collide with an undeniable chemistry and really it is just beautiful and romantic. But will her family get in the way or will the demons of his past be the downfall to a happily ever after?
What I loved about this book is that these characters were real. They didn’t have huge scary flaws preventing them from falling in love, they didn’t have tragic lives. Yes, they both had dark issues that they had to deal with. Taryn wouldn’t be controlled and Mike had never found forgiveness in himself from the events in Chicago. But together in this small town, the two of them were amazing. I was actually surprised by how quickly they fell for each other. Not because it happened, but because it felt natural. It didn’t feel like it was too fast. It felt like it was the right pace for their love. It surprised me because typically when characters fall in love so quickly, I tend to think to myself, yeah right. That just doesn’t happen. But with Mike and Taryn, it just felt like the right pace for them.
I also loved the biggest rivalry in baseball being thrown into the mix. The humor used in this book when it came to their teams just made me smile time and time again. I even read some of it to my husband (The Red Sox fan) and we both got a good giggle out of it, and for the record, no I am not a Yankees fan (but I do love the manager of the Yankees, he was my favorite catcher growing up).
The witty banter in this book was a definate plus as well. I felt like I was in the small town with them. I fell in love with the people, the places and the town. This book was just such a sweet love story and I really enjoyed every moment of it!
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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!
BOOK & TOUR INFORMATION
Title: Mike’s Way Back (Finding Perfect #1)
Author: Amy Gregory
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Cover Designed By: Davis Snodgrass
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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