Southern Heat #2
What a wonderful second chance romance Ms. Harte has penned with this second book of her Southern Heat series. The way this book started sets the fast-pace of this story, as Mitch is completely blindsided by Sydney's re-appearance in his life. How is he supposed to act when he's still so resentful about their break-up? Should he acknowledge that he knew her very well in front of his friends, which were trying to set him up with Sydney?
As for the dialogue, it was intense due this couple's past history, what happened to Sydney to land her in the hospital and what the heroine goes through in this book, as the person that once hurt her seems to still be after her. Then there's the fact that Mitch and Sydney still haven't gotten over each other, and the hero needing to find a way to forgive the heroine, if they're to ever be together. Can Sydney convince Mitch to let go of his bitterness towards her? However, I liked that there were some light-hearted moments as well when they were reminiscing about the past. It went to show that neither could forget how good it was between them.
I really enjoyed the main characters as well as the secondary ones. Mitch has a really tight bond with his cop partner and the man's wife. They want him to find the sort of happiness that they have, and I found it a little funny that his partner's wife was trying to set Mitch up with Sydney. Moreover, what his partner's wife says when she first introduced Sydney and Mitch to each other, not knowing their history made me laugh. Clearly, it was a moment of foot in mouth syndrome.
Sydney is hard-working, strong, brave and I liked how determined she was to get Mitch to -- at least -- give their relationship a second chance because it was palpable how much these two loved each other. It was an uphill battle whether Mitch could find it in his heart to forgive her. Yet, since her life changed dramatically after she was targeted by a knife-wielding maniac, there's one thing it made her realize. Which was that life is too short and that reuniting with Mitch is the best plan she's ever had. No way would she allow someone to come between them this time around. Not her parents or her friends. While Mitch, he's hard-working, confident, and I loved how protective he was of Sydney once he learned of the incident that sent her packing from New York and landed her in the town where he lives. Also, the way he handles the case in finding Sydney's attacker proved how much he cared. No way was he going to quit until he had answers.
Overall, this was a really good book encompassing a strong romance that had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after. It wasn't easy when Mitch blamed Sydney for their break-up in the past and they have some big obstacles to overcome, but conquering them was worth it as Mitch and Sydney were a couple meant to be. The way this story ended came as a little bit of shock, especially with what happens to one of the main characters. Yet, I wasn't surprised by the person that was out to hurt the heroine. I would recommend Meant to be by Jenna Harte, if you enjoy second chance romances.
Charming and sexy, detective Mitch McKenna lets women into his bed—not into his heart. When his first love left him in a lurch, crushing his soul, Mitch swore off relationships and love. After all, any woman who chooses what her parents want over what she wants is not worth fighting for.