Caitlin O’Kelley deals with all her problems by running away. When she’s due to marry her childhood sweetheart Bryce Delaney, Cait suddenly decides she wants more out of life than the small town insular life she’s led so far. She runs off without any explanation to anyone and sets off to pastures new. Eight years later, she’s a successful advertising executive in the city. At her engagement party to the boss’ son, Jamison Curtis, he mentions their having children, something you would assume they might have talked about previously, which leads to a very loud and embarrassingly public argument. Once again, she walks out leaving a resignation letter at the office and runs back home to her family and -- Bryce. Now she has debts and can’t afford to keep her home, and her former fiancé’s father is making sure that she isn’t getting anywhere in her job searches. Her loving family ask Bryce to keep an eye out for her and obediently he does. Of course it’s admirable for a man to forgive a woman for kicking him in his emotional balls and not even telling him that he and his heart are not enough for her.
Cait is not a likable person, but the book was a real page turner. I wanted to know what happened next and see how Cait would finally get to a place in her life where she would want to put down roots and stay.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting more from life. But though she feels guilty for how she’s treated Bryce, her family and Jamison, it still isn’t enough to give her a backbone and make her face difficult situations, instead of constantly taking the cowardly way out.
You would think that having everyone be so forgiving and loving would make her feel worse, but Cait is so wrapped up in her own selfishness that she just accepts their behavior. I’m sure that her family feel that that if they really took her to task she would just disappear on them again. While I can understand that the matchmaking from both Bryce and Cait’s mothers is well meant, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. When you have an adult daughter who has made such an effort to cut you out of her life for so many years, would you still think it’s a good idea to interfere?
It is apparent that the main reason that Bryce is so forgiving is because he still loves her. The love he is offering isn’t slow or low, it’s unconditional. But then his brother falls for her, too. Why? What kind of a man waits until for his brother’s back to be turned and then moves in on his lover? And what are we supposed to think of Cait who’s only too happy to move on physically if not emotionally with his brother Kurt?
It would have been helpful for the author to have revealed what it is about Cait that is just so lovable. When Cait sees Bryce with another woman who seems very overly familiar with him, her jealousy would have been understandable if the woman had looked like someone a man would want to be seen with in broad daylight. When the woman looks like someone central casting offered up from their stable of ‘crack whores’ then it suggests that for some reason Cait is massively insecure. When Bryce disappears without any explanation, Cait is completely unforgiving, which is surprising considering how often she has been the one doing the deserting. Why both his family and hers immediately believe Cait’s side of things and jump to the conclusion that Bryce is in the wrong, is a mystery. What also surprises me about Bryce’s family is that they obviously haven’t watched enough cop shows to understand that often police officers aren’t allowed to discuss their cases; and while they are working they are often not contactable. Delaney family: Have you ever heard of undercover work?
Despite this, Ms. Monroe succeeds in entertaining the reader with this thought provoking romance.