This is the second book I’ve read in the Deerbourne Inn series, and I must say what a great series it is so far! The author did a great job at painting the scene and developing well-rounded characters. I always love a serious character whose smiles are rare but whose heart is genuine and so capable of loving. Zane was just that character for me. He and Karla made a great match.
As Karla learns to love again after such a tragic loss, I can’t help but be pulled along in a great narrative full of hope, loss, and love. A fantastic read! I definitely recommend.
My rating: 5 stars
“I thought I’d accompany you as far as your door. If I may.” He stood at her side and waited as she considered.
She chewed her bottom lip. “It’s not necessary but…I don’t see why not.” She lifted the corner of her mouth in a half smile, more to get him to smile back than anything else. This guy looked like they paid him double to frown. His face remained solemn, almost severe as he dipped his chin at her acquiescence.
After her sweetheart Joe dies in a road accident, twenty-four hours after he returns from Army service, grieving Karla Payne slams the door on love. Five years later, Karla’s tavern business is booming, and she owns her home, but she knows forever love has no part in her future.
Headed to interview for his first civilian job, retired career Army 1st Sgt. Zane Blackthorne can’t resist visiting his late buddy’s beloved Vermont hometown. He also can’t resist looking up Joe’s sweetheart, Karla, who is an alluring mix of brains, beauty, and bravery. Loyalty to his brother-in-arms demands Zane fight his attraction to Karla. Besides, even if Karla wants him, she’ll never love him.
Can Zane say goodbye to the woman he has no right to call his own? Even if his only true home is in her arms?