My accidental solo vacation takes a turn for the less-depressing after a drink that leads to a date with a brawny, bedroom-eyed firefighter. I’m 42, divorced, with two daughters at home. I thought romance was in my rearview mirror until the mysteriously intense Leo makes me feel like I’m the only woman in the Florida Keys.
I know better than to get attached. But between midnight kisses and dirty talk under starry skies, our connection feels so real. So right.
I can’t give up my entire life for a fling. Not even for a man that reminds me I’m not defined by a failed marriage and a car pool calendar. And especially not one who has no interest in a family of his own, let alone a package deal like me.
We were supposed to be temporary. Just like everything else in my life. So why can’t I get Kristina out of my head? I’m the master of no strings, no attachments. But our time together haunts me after she leaves.
I’m not cut out to make a life with a woman. A woman with two kids? Forget it.
At least, that’s what I thought until fate brings us together again. It turns out the move I made to be closer to family brings me to Kristina’s hometown—and right in her path.
I can’t still explain the overpowering pull between us, but I’m sure of who she is.
And I’m not letting her go this time.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
Excuse me while I take a moment to calm the belly flutters after finishing Starting Back. Stephanie Rose held true to her realistic and romantic roots with this vacation fling that became so much more than either were expecting.
I absolutely adored Kristina. An overworked, over stressed mom of two who found a slice of herself on a trip that took a sexy turn. Because of Leo. Holy yum that man is what swoony dreams are made of. And I'm not just talking about him being a firefighter or the tattoos. It was the way he was able to bring Kristina out of her shell. Let her, not the divorced mom. shine.
But time wasn't on their side. It was ticking from the moment they met. That didn't mean they didn't make the most of it. The chemistry was combustible but the connection ran so much deeper than that. Too bad they lived on opposite sides of the coast....
Call it destiny, fate, divine intervention...whatever you will but when life threw them back in each other's path, it was all they could do to keep their emotions under control. That doesn't mean it was all smooth sailing. They faced real challenges (and hormones) as they navigated not having an end date looming in front of them.
Full of small town charm complete with a meddling family, this trip to Kelly Lakes was a delight from cover to cover. While Kristina and Leo's romance may've started in the most unconventional of ways, it was real and honest and the home their hearts had always longed for.
About the Author
Stephanie Rose is a badass New Yorker, a wife, a mother, and lover of all things chocolate. Most days you'll find her trying to avoid standing on discarded LEGO or deciding which book to read next. Her debut novel, Always You, released in 2015, and since then she's written several more—some of which will never see completion—and has ideas for hundreds to come.