Associate General Counsel Livi Miller believes she has reached the top rung of Hampton Steel’s corporate ladder. She is young, ambitious, and the best deal-maker Hampton Steel has seen since her boss started drinking. However, when her high school sweetheart Jake returns home from Iraq, Livi painfully discovers that having it all does not necessarily mean having it all at once. When a newcomer threatens to destroy Hampton Steel, Livi is forced to make a decision: save her hometown or save her happiness.
Review: This was a quick and enjoyable romantic suspense with quite a few twists and turns. Some were predictable but many were not and that’s what made it so engrossing. Jake and Livi had reincarnated chemistry from the minute they unexpectedly meet in the small town where they both grew up and where Livi still lived and worked. There was enough background given that I felt I knew them and their history early on and could understand why they both acted as they did. The characters were all well developed but the main characters and those involved in Hampton Steel all had many layers to them. There were friends, family, coworkers, management, romance, love, caring, anxiety, tension, angst, laughter and tears along with an overwhelming workload for Livi to get out from under so she could enjoy life and what was right in front of her.
The descriptions of the guesthouse that Jake was fixing up for his family as well as the water surrounding it and the sunsets were so vivid I felt I was there. The other side of Millersville had the McMansions that were well described as well and showed the two sides of the town – the working class vs management. Since much of the novel took place at Hampton Steel it was nice that the business side of things were described in layman’s terms for everyone to understand.
This was a debut novel for White and I hope she continues to write stories like this. There was a presumed happily ever after but a few chapters more or an epilogue would have been nice for better closure. I look forward to reading other books she writes.
Favorite Quote: Livi sat and from her new vantage point she could see the gleaming sunset sliding below the oak’s huge branches and begin to kiss the horizon. Jake stared at the river in silence and Livi assumed he was still thinking of Ben. They rocked for a while, each sipping their beer and watching the sun slowly set.