Single father, Ryan McNamara, returns to the only place he’d ever been happy, Gypsy Beach. This time he’s divorced, broken, but determined to make something of his life. Sienna Cooper is determined to forget Ryan, the last decade, and all of the hurt he’d left her with. She’s got enough spunk and gypsy fire in her soul to make this work. She’s going to run her grandmother’s inn and make it a success. But when a chance encounter throws them back together, the passions ignite and the past doesn’t feel so far out of reach. Can they rekindle the love they’d once had? Can he convince her that he never intends to walk away again? Will a potent dose of unending lust, a lifetime of love, and enough hot-blooded Gypsy spirit be enough to save them both?
From the moment I met Sienna Cooper, I adored her. She didn’t have the easiest life and she didn’t have the best luck in the world, but what she had was a home that she always loved. Now that her grandmother is gone, she knows this is exactly what she was meant to do and where she was meant to be. But the one thing that she always thought would complete her was no longer around. She knew she would be ok, even if the memories haunted her now and again. But fixing up the inn and making it work is going to be a lot of work. She has the determination and the will to do it but she is going to have to hire out some of the work as she knows she can’t do alone. But when the new contractor in town comes knocking, Sienna discovers things that happened long ago are not always what they seem.
Ryan is returning to the one place he loved with all his heart. He may have even left a big portion of it there, waiting. But ten years is a long time. She is probably long gone. Right now though, Ryan has bigger things to worry about. The love of his daughter is the most important thing in his life. He would do anything for his little one and nothing is more important than his daughter. This is his chance to start over and if the stars align, he will be able to do it here in Gypsy Beach with his daughter by his side. What he needs to do is find work. His life turned out nothing like he wanted and like everything his parents insisted on, but one bad choice after another and he would be digging out of this one dime at a time. But in order to do that he needs to find work.
When he is told the new inn’s owner is looking for a contractor, he will start there. If he can fix things at the inn, he will have bids coming in right and left. This he is 100-percent sure of. But when he goes knocking and looking for work, the one woman he has spent ten years dreaming of is standing before him.
I fell so in love with the characters in this story. They both knew what they wanted, the both knew who they belonged to and after ten years, they both knew that they were meant for one another. But one obstacle after another popped up in front of them, everything they wanted just seemed so far out of reach. But two determined people with their hearts and minds in the same place may not be able to make it all work out exactly the way they wanted.
Both returned to Gypsy Beach to live the rest of their lives, but what they found once they got there was every wish they ever had. It is a touching and moving story about fighting for what you want and fighting for those you love. Making the sacrifices to make sure the ones you love will be ok no matter what. It’s hard not to be touched by the love and strength Ryan and Sienna could find in one another and the things they are willing to do to give each other everything.
The knowledge that this was all for Evie and for the life he wanted to build for her echoed in the choked whir of the engine of his truck. A new car could be purchased after he had his little girl safely with him and he’d turned his parents’ old beach house into their home.
To his parents’ fury, and mostly to annoy them, Ryan had refused to sell the beach house to help cover the cost of his father’s crimes. He’d paid off their mansion and managed to keep his dad out of jail, but the beach house was non-negotiable.
Unable to plan beyond the next demand or the next moment, he hadn’t known why it was so important then, but he was eternally thankful that he’d listened to his gut.
Alexa had thrown him out of their home in Buckhead the next week. He’d moved into his parent’s pool house after reminding his father that he’d effectively saved his ass, and began to formulate a plan to escape everything he’d ever really known.
The truck bumped and bounced over the massive tree roots that stuck out of the ground. Reminding himself that Sienna was long gone and that the Inn now had new owners was how he forced himself out of the truck. She’s probably off in California like she always wanted to be. She’s probably married to some lucky bastard without even half the problems you have. She deserves to be happy and fulfilled. Thoughts of Sienna lying in bed under some unnamed man, staring up at him with that hunger in her eyes, made him furious. He shook them away as he eased onto the porch. There was a large hole, the approximate shape of a boot, that had gone through the rotting wood. The decks and porches needed to come down first. He could do that today.
The door was open just a crack. It appeared too swollen to fully close. Ryan knocked, and it swung open further. He glanced around, not wanting to walk into someone else’s home. Not wanting to walk in at all.
The memories were far too potent. It even smelled like her grandmother’s cooking and that coffee she used to make them that tasted like heaven. The only thing sweeter was kissing it off of Sienna’s lips.
Suddenly, he heard a shrill scream from upstairs. Another echo of terror met him on the steps that he took three at a time. It sounded like someone was being attacked.
Working on instinct alone, he threw open one of the bedroom doors and raced towards the shrieking shouts of fear.
“Oh my God! This is horrible!” He heard her voice one half second before he flung open the bathroom door.
Another shriek ricocheted through his ears as Sienna grabbed an old hand towel and attempted to cover her absolutely spellbinding body. Shock rocketed through Ryan. He didn’t know what to think, but he was unable to do anything more than stare at her. She’d been beautiful when she was seventeen, but damn, she was a full-blown woman now, and he’d never seen anything more breathtaking.
Her beautiful, heart-shaped face was contorted in horrified shock. Her hair was soaking wet and did a decent job of covering her painfully hardened nipples. His eyes tracked downward without his permission. She’d covered the bottom half of her breasts, her slender waist, and her pussy with the towel, much to his chagrin. He saw half of a large tattoo that ran from her back over her luscious ass and down her right leg. Ryan ordered himself to turn around, but my God, she was exquisite. It was like being presented with a feast after a long, long famine.
“Sienna? I’m so sorry!” He finally managed to turn and tried not to look back.
“Ryan!” she finally gasped.
“Sienna, I had no idea you were here. I heard someone screaming. I’m so sorry!” He kept repeating the vow, but he couldn’t make sense of what had just happened himself.
“Go in there,” she ordered, and he assumed she pointed to the door. With a quick nod, he left the bathroom and closed the door behind him.
Jillian Neal is a Romance writer with a passion for passion who pens strong, character driven novels, told from the male perspective. Her guys aren’t afraid to let us inside their minds or inside their bedrooms. They’re hot on the trail of a sinister criminal organization when they’re not burning up the bed sheets. She’s a self-proclaimed ‘Southern girl with a sassy mouth.’ Her coffee addiction is barely legal, and she’s most often running around with her hair and her pen on fire! She’s full of smarts, sass, and sizzle and that’s a lot to get into barely five feet of girl with her head always in the clouds.