Cole is a great guy with what many would think is a perfect life. He and his two best friends run their own charter boat service and business is booming. While he's been lucky in business, his love life is another matter. For the past two years he's shied away from relationships. His last one ended badly after three years of being together. While it appears he's moved on with his life, he's never really dealt with his past. Sometimes to move forward, you need closure..
Get a life. It's a phrase said often enough, but it was the one thing Olivia Bentley desperately wanted. After years of being the star of the hit TV show Not Again, Hailey, she wanted to make a life for herself that wasn't pretend. She wanted the real deal so she changed her name from Sharlyn Peterson and moved to the town of Lucky Harbor hoping enough years had passed since she'd been a child star that no one would recognize her. The thing is, you really can't escape from your past no matter what kind of past it is. It always comes back to haunt you...
When Cole and Olivia meet, things heat up quickly between the two. There's an instant attraction that makes Cole willing to give a relationship a shot. Cole, however, sometimes has unrealistic expectations of other people and values honesty above all else. When he finds out Olivia's been feeding him a lie about her past, will he be able to get over it? Likewise, will Cole let events from his past effect his future?
I must say I was very surprised at how much I ended up liking Olivia. I didn't really bond with her as a character in the last book, but now I understand her rather standoffish behavior--she was trying to lie low. She's the type of person that once she warms to you, she'll let you get to know the real her. Past experiences have caused her to be cautious of others, and I must say, I can't blame her.
Cole is a great guy and the type to wear his heart on his sleeve. Cole and Olivia's first meeting was fun, and I kind of wish it hadn't been interrupted. Things were just starting to get interesting when Tanner and Sam walked in. I liked how once Cole made up his mind, he went after what he wanted. He consistently worked at breaking down the barriers Olivia had erected around herself and slowly worked his way into her life and heart. It took a lot for Olivia to let him in, and I loved seeing the softer, more secret side she unveiled while working with kids at her shop. While she may not have enjoyed the life of a Hollywood actress, it's obvious she enjoyed some aspects of her acting career.
Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. It had a nice combination of romance, humor, and charm. I enjoyed the characters and the conflicts that popped up. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.