Sometimes dreams are where you least expect them
Connor O’Malley and Becca Sanders were once high school sweethearts, ripped apart by rumors in the small town of Kortville, Illinois. Connor left to join the military, and Becca stayed, waiting for her younger brother to graduate so she could live her dreams of traveling the world. But now that Connor's back as the town sheriff, Becca finds herself struggling to resist the too-handsome man who once broke her heart.
Connor loves Kortville—its quaintness keeps at bay the painful memories of Afghanistan he’s sure make him unworthy of any woman, particularly the beautiful brunette he’s always secretly dreamed of a future with. But when a scandal rocks the town, suddenly Connor and Becca must trust in each other if they want to weather this storm…and come out on the other side of it together.
As someone who grew up in a relatively small town I have a soft spot for hometown romances. Both Becca and Connor have their issues to work through and both grew up too fast due to circumstances out of their control. I really enjoyed the wittiness in this book and the way the characters developed and came together.
I have to say the ending made me swoon. As someone who was as desperate as Becca's character to ditch the small town life and travel the world, I almost teared up when I read that line after they return from Italy:
"Just in time to start a private celebration in the most perfect place in the world"
Realizing that home is wherever you belong with the people you love is a great lesson.