4 out of 5 Licks
The McLaughlins, Book 1
In high school Sarah fell for her best friend’s older brother—one of the sexy, Scottish McLaughlin boys. But a painful betrayal showed her she’d been a fool to give her heart to a bad boy. At least it made it easier to leave him and move halfway around the world when her Navy dad got stationed in Japan.
Eleven years later, the death of her grandmother has forced Sarah back to Whidbey Island for a month. It’s the length of time she must stay in her inherited house before she’s allowed to sell it, take the money and run. But when she sees Ian, bad as ever and still looking like sin on a stick, she can’t keep her mouth from watering.
One look at Sarah stirs up the regret lingering in Ian’s heart—and never-forgotten desire lingering in his body. He should walk away, especially since divorced single mothers aren’t his style. But when she starts showing up at his family’s pub, he can’t resist a little casual seduction for old time’s sake.
One thing quickly becomes clear, though. The heat between them is causing an avalanche of secrets and betrayal and nothing will ever be the same.
Sexy mechanics in kilts…yes please! I’ve read a few books lately where a family member passed away and left some provisions in the will that they knew would bring two people together. I always imagine that loved one sitting on a cloud just watching the events unfold and it makes me laugh. Ian and Sarah just can’t seem to stay away from each other. While there wasn’t a lot of conflict in this book, there was a secret and the secret was big enough to cause some serious pain to several people. I hate to giveaway the secret before you even start the book, but you will figure it out pretty quickly. There was a surprise at the end and I’m hoping we were getting a hint at the next couple for the series. I definitely recommend this book and Shelli Steven’s books in general. She hasn’t disappointed me yet and I don’t think she ever will.