Someone to Love (Darling, VT #2) by Donna Alward
Description: SOME WISHES DO COME TRUE
Ethan Gallagher is a firefighter in Darling, Vermont, who followed tradition and pledged his love on the Kissing Bridge to ensure lifelong happiness. A few years later, he s a widower with two rambunctious boys who no longer believes in magic. But even he has to admit that free-spirited Willow Dunaway fills him with wonder and an attraction he cannot deny.
Willow s come back to Darling a different girl than the one who left after high school. Overcoming her past and owning her own business has made her into a strong, independent woman. Single dad Ethan appeals to her in a way she didn t expect, even though settling down is the last thing on her mind. But after fire destroys the local food bank, the town rallies, and a fling between Ethan and Willow leads to unintended consequences. Can they find a way out of their heartbreak to make a home in each other s hearts?
Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Why I Picked This Book: I've been a fan of Alward's for awhile and I loved the first book in this series.
My Impression: I have slightly mixed feelings about this one. I absolutely loved Willow and Ethan and their interactions were a lot of fun to read. They have very different outlooks on life and -especially at the beginning- misinterpret what they see of each other but they're both honest and direct with each other which kept it from being frustrating. I really appreciated that Ethan's marriage had been a happy one and that he isn't afraid of love but of loss and having his children hurt. I loved checking in with the Gallagher family and with Darling, Vermont. In the previous book it was clear that Willow had quite a back story. It was nice to get to know her better and to learn her story.
My mixed feelings come from the last third of the book or so. While I understand Willow's reaction to the conflict given her history I struggled with the fact that she avoided Ethan for several weeks given the fact that she had formed an attachment with his children and them with her. I understood his anger as his fear of letting someone in to their lives and then them disappearing had been realized. As well I wasn't entirely comfortable with her deceptive phrasing to Ethan regarding the conflict. I understood her motivation but the lack of honesty seemed out of character. Willow's back story could be considered controversial but it was handled so sensitively and honestly that I don't think anyone would have a problem with it.
Despite my minor hesitation with this book I really did enjoy the read. I found the characters unique and interesting and just plain likable. I loved seeing more of the town and I absolutely can't wait for the next book!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Absolutely! I have the next book in the series and I'm super excited to start it!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely! If you enjoy contemporary romance like Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallory, or Sarah Morgan you will really enjoy this series!