Title: Caught Up in You
Author: Kim Boykin
My Rating: B-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Mauldin Brothers #5
Main Characters: Shelby and Declan
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: mild
Declan has worked hard to make his mark on the New York art scene and has succeeded at everything he’s ever done…except love. But Declan has come back to the Bay to change that and care for his dying father, even if he’s still never forgiven Declan for leaving the family business. Shelby is determined to steer clear, but while her lips keep saying no, her heart is pounding out yes each time she and Declan are together. While she can’t deny her attraction, Shelby’s convinced that Declan’s track record means he will break her heart. Or has Declan changed for good, and made love worth the risk?
This is a sweet story about a lost first love. When Shelby was a freshman in college and Declan was a senior about to graduate, they hooked up. It was her first time, he was drunk. He doesn't remember it, although she never forgot him. Now he's back in town, fifteen years later, to care for his ailing father.
Unfortunately in that 15 years, Declan has a rotten track record for relationships (3 fiance's left at the altar). He falls in love too easy and doesn't plan to do that again. Shelby wants a forever kind of thing, so she's not looking to Declan for that. She knows better.
There's a lot going on in this story that is so good. Unfortunately, it just didn't feel like it delved into those issues deep enough to make it the great book it could have been.
As it is, it's sweet and cute...although it does get bogged down at times trying to explain other characters from other books that I couldn't care less about. (I'm noticing this to be an issue with the Tule series books. I understand wanting to tie them together, but when it's just a random mention of someone who really doesn't matter in this story, I don't care about all their history.)
But it's a sweet little story about a small-town girl who loves her shoes, and a big-time artist just trying to connect with his dad before it's too late. Both characters were really likable and it was easy to feel empathy for their situations and root for their romance to work out in the end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.