Series: Boys of Summer #2
Publication Date: 1st February 2014
Book Source: Harlequin Aust
Synopsis: When Lizzie Blake knocks on the door of Dan McSwaine’s beach house at Middle Point, she barely recognises the man who answers. Whatever happened to the guy who swaggered into her home town with a grin and left with her heart in his back pocket? Lizzie wonders if he’ll ever be that man again — and if she should risk everything she’s built her life on to help him.
Dan can’t normally bear to be more than ten minutes from a hip bar, an imported beer and a group of hot women. So what is he doing holed up in a falling down beach shack at Middle Point? All he knows is that he’s made some crazy decisions since the night a truck slammed into his car and almost killed him. The first one was to think that buying a crumbling piece of coastal real estate was a good idea. The second crazy decision was to try to hide away from the world when a woman like Lizzie Blake is determined to drag him right back into it…
I fell in love with the small fictional beachside town of Middle Point on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia after reading the 1st book in Victoria Purman's Boys of Summer trilogy, Nobody But Him. Nobody But Him was Ry and Julia's story and now it's their best friends turn ... I waited with heart-skippy anticipation for Lizzie & Dan's story and what a gorgeous read for the romantic month of February.
Lizzie is one of those women you want as your best friend; loyal, protective, funny, compassionate, loving, frustrating, endearing. Actually I have a best friend just like her.
Following an accident he was very lucky to survive, Dan covers his fragility with belligerence and reclusiveness. The initial spark of attraction Dan & Lizzie shared in Nobody But Him is still there, there's an undercurrent of desire that takes some time to grow into more ... but when it does, oh it's worth the wait.
I love that Victoria Purman keeps the plot tight, of course there are issues and obstacles, it's not a straight path to HEA but it never becomes melodramatic.
I was also really happy to spend time catching up with Ry and Julia, gave me warm fuzzies watching them glow with happiness and love and their mutual "Operation Dan" rescue mission was both heartwarming and amusing.
Someone Like You is the very reason I love romance ... chocolate for the soul.
I'm taking a guess that Lizzie's brother Joe gets his own story next; will it be with Anna? Write faster Victoria Purman ;)
Recommend: a heart-skippy YES
Cover: Gorgeous! I'm sure this series has a cover fairy.
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