Title: Lured In
Author: Laura Drewry
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fishing for Trouble #2
Main Characters: Jessie and Finn
Release Date: September 2016
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Seasick. That’s how Jessie Todd feels when her best friend and boss, Finn O’Donnell, tells her that the Buoys will be featured on a popular fishing program—which just so happens to be hosted by a guy she used to date. She’s still friendly with her ex, but her new feelings for Finn are making things . . . complicated. His life is out on the sea, and though Jessie works at the resort, her paralyzing phobia of water keeps her on land, where she’s safe. To take a shot with Finn, she’ll need to face her fears—and her innermost desires—head-on.
Finn has been nursing a crush on Jess for a long time, so when she suddenly asks for swimming lessons, he dives right in. Holding her shaking hand as she steps into the ocean makes his heart swell—despite the sinking feeling that she’s just doing it to impress that smarmy TV host. Finn doesn’t trust anyone with his bruised and battered heart, but he’ll be forced to lay it all on the line to keep Jess from being the one that got away.
This is the second book in this series, and I've really liked both of them. This series is about three brothers who inherited a broken down fishing camp from their father. When they all left home, Jessie was the one who stayed with their dad and ran the lodge. Jessie has always been there...more like an adopted sister than anything. But things are changing between her and Finn in this book.
I liked the connection between Finn and Jessie. They both have tragic moments from their childhoods that tie them together. They are the best of friends, but both are feeling moments of more. But this is why I love friends to lovers stories because they already work so well together...no one wants to screw that up.
I also really loved the transition Jessie is making in this story. She's overcoming a huge fear (more than making a move on her best friend) and watching that character growth was great. It was a slow process that made the two of them even closer than they were before.
There are a lot of great group scenes in this series that I really enjoy. The nature of the setting means that there are tourists coming in and out and that provides some interesting scenes and characters.
There's the overarching story of the lodge that's barely making it in the background of all these stories and how they're rehabbing it. I really liked where that story went with this book, and I cannot wait for Rowan's book. He's going to have such a good story...just because he's so unhappy. He's had some hard years here. I can't wait to see who the author pairs him up with.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.