on December 16, 2015
Pages: 90 pages
Amazon • Narrator: Greg Tremblay
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Everyone in Mangrove, Florida, knows Fire Chief Essien Dodd is a saint. He took care of his ex-wife until she died, is raising his teenage daughter alone, and is the kind of man who pulls kittens from trees. All in all, the man's a catch. But Roark Hammond has sworn off getting involved with a man who's been hurt before because he can't guarantee he won't hurt his prospective love again. If only he could get Essien out of his mind long enough to focus on anyone, or anything, else.
Strong emotions are in play. Essien is lonely but determined to focus on Ivy; Ivy wants her father to have a new life so much that, to his horror, she's trying to find him a man; and Roark is so scared of the present and past, he won't allow himself to commit. To have any chance of sleeping 'til sunrise and greeting each new day together, Essien and Roark will have to rethink how they're living their lives and focus on what's most important.
Essien was a widower raising his daughter Ivy who wants her father to find love again. She tries hooking her dad up with several dates until she settles on their local pediatrician, Dr. Roark. After Ivy’s mother died of cancer, Essien threw himself into work and raising his daughter. Ivy is older now and wants her father to stop hiding, so she maneuvers him towards Roark.
Despite an attraction, Roark avoids Essien at every opportunity until Essien finally pins him down for an answer. The answer, while shocking, wasn’t enough to lessen Essien’s fascination.
I didn’t know this book was part of a series but I really enjoyed it. The narrator did a great introducing the couple. I really liked Essien and his daughter. I also thought Roark and Essien made a cute couple. I love how they tried so hard not to mess up what quickly became a very important relationship. I loved the way their friends and whole community rallied around them. It spoke to the kind of men they were and I really liked both them. This short audiobook had love, sadness, laughter and hope. I just wish I had known it was an already established series. I like this book best out of all the Mary Calmes stories I have read.
*Special Thanks to Dreamspinner Audio for audiobookgiven in exchange for an honest review.