An empty bed and breakfast
A summer storm
One night they'll never forget - so they thought...
When my aunt passed away and left me her dilapidated bed and breakfast it was all so surreal. I hadn't been back to that beach in many years, and the idea of revisiting left me sad and vulnerable.
I never planned on having guests. In fact, I just wanted to close up the place and sell it, so that I could move on with my life.
Then the storm happened.
Taken by surprise, I planned on waiting for it to pass. The house creaked and the power went out. That's when someone knocked on the door.
He was a stranger, dripping wet, cold, and looking for shelter. I couldn't turn him away...
What happened next between us opened new doors, changing everything I thought I wanted for myself.
The only question is if I can trust him, or will his secrets destroy it all?
Riding it Out is a quick and steamy read. My interest was piqued with the premise of the story, and I liked the way it started out-even though I have a hard time thinking that a single young lady would allow an unknown man into her place with no one else there. But setting that aside, I like the setup of the story and the heat between Reed and Erica (but I'm surprised at her immediate acceptance of the things Reed does with her right off the bat).
Erica, while not necessarily making smart decisions for a young lady on her own, is a pretty decent character-though she doesn't seem clear on what path she wants to take for her future. Reed knows what he wants, has your expected alpha male traits, but is keeping a whopper of a secret. It really bothered me that after the length of time he and Erica are together that he still hadn't said anything about it...and once his big secret comes out, I'm surprised how Erica handles it and her eventual decision (I can't really say anything more without spoilers).
The book didn't flow as smoothly as I would have liked-I did take quite a few breaks from it, even as quick of a read as it was.
I understand why Reed did what he did to cause him to have his secret, but him not telling Erica even after they were together for so long, added to her naive attitude with a stranger at the start of the story was a bit of a turnoff for me. It's still a good read...and clearly for 18+.
Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.
She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.