Title: All They Ever Wanted
Author: Tracy Solheim
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Second Chances #2
Main Characters: Miles and Lori
Release Date: March 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
All he ever fought for...
Aspiring congressman Miles McAlister has dreamed of representing his hometown of Chances Inlet, North Carolina, since he was a boy. So when he’s asked to help run his mother’s bed and breakfast he moves home and rolls out his campaign at the same time. But political stardom isn’t a given, especially when he’s expected to compromise the very ideals he’s trying to uphold. Making matters worse is the inn’s stubborn, and distractingly beautiful cook. He’s loved and lost before, so falling for Lori Buchman is not part of his plan.
All she ever feared...
Lori just wants to do her job and be left alone until she can safely move on. The last thing she needs is to get involved with her boss’s son. Miles proves to be too sexy to ignore, however. Their heated fling elicits feelings deeper than either anticipated. But everything about Lori is a lie. She’s harboring a secret that’ll destroy Miles’s career, and when the truth gets out it’s going to shock Chances Inlet to its core, forcing Miles to make the hardest decision of his life
I really loved every moment of reading this book. It was one of those that I hated to see the pages go past because I didn't want the story to end.
This book is about two very different people. Miles is the oldest of his five siblings and he's always had his life mapped out. He's very regimented, controlled, and lives his life with a very straight moral code. And he's a politician in the middle of a congressional race.
Lori doesn't want anyone to notice her. She's on the run, but throughout most of the story, the whole reason why is a mystery. There were elements of the reveal that shocked me...in the very best way. (Please, please, please say that Matt will eventually get a story...I loved him so much.) But she knows that her presence endangers this family that's already under a microscope. Unfortunately, Miles' mother was hit by a car and is recuperating from a broken hip, so Lori can't run yet.
But in the meantime, the temptation and chemistry between Miles and Lori is building. And wow...their chemistry is written so well. The build-up was amazingly hot and then it was even better when they gave in. I did really love the two of them together. There's just so much blatant NEED between them. Did I mention they are hot?
There is a GREAT cast of characters in this series. They are all well-rounded and fun to read. Miles has his brother and friend and the three of them have the type of bromance that I love to read in my books. I also really loved the side story of Miles' mom and her issues with aging and having a broken hip and worried about her own love life.
I enjoyed the backdrop of the campaign and the great conflict it added to the story. Everything about the book was just really well put together to make a great, entertaining and riveting read. I loved the book, loved the characters, and loved the super-hot romance. I also liked the way that the end was written. Although there is a fabulous HEA, I felt like the author executed it in a really unexpected way that I liked.
I definitely recommend this one! You can read any of these books as stand-alones, although characters from past books in both this series and one of Tracy Solheim's other series do make an appearance (and it's so fun to see them again.)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.