Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map.
Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong?
Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.
A quick trip. In and out. Much like – never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.
But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.
His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.
Things are about to go boom.
Another amazing edition to the True North series! These books are my ultimate comfort reads with small town feels, swoon worthy men and strong, relatable heroines. Sparks fly with Benito and Skye in this friends to lovers turned sort of enemies to lovers, second chance romance.
This story goes between the present and the past and is told in dual POV. I found teenage Benito so charming and sweet. These two end up being trailer park neighbors and they forge a special friendship as Skye tries to dodge her sleazy mother’s boyfriend and Benito does everyhting in his power to protect her. Skye is a bit of a loner and Benito was finally that person Skye found she could trust. Unfortunately misunderstandings lead to them being separated for 12 years until Skye finds herself back in Vermont.
Grown up Skye and Benito find their chemistry very fast. It’s almost as if time hasn’t past at all. However, Skye is still very hurt and angry with Benito from what happened years ago and there is a bit of angst as she tries to deny their attraction and pull to each other. Grown up Benito is also now a super hot detective who dotes on his super cute neice and so really Skye never stood a chance of resisting his charms.
Just like the other books, the banter is witty and charming and I enjoyed the subtle layer of humor that runs throughout the book. There is an added layer of mystery as Benito is working a drug trafficking case and Skye is somehow caught up in the whole mess. There is some suspense which I loved and it just ties this whole story nicely together.
I loved all the cameos from the other books. I just love this whole damn town! If I had to pick a fictional place to live it would be right here! Drinking apple cider (the Audrey special of course) with the Shipleys and the Rossis at the Gin Mill would be my perfect night out. You can read this as a standalone but you would get so much more out of it if you read the other books in the series. Definitely a top recommmendation from me!
Series: Interconnected Standalones (True North #6)
Heat Level: Moderate
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review