Series: Carved Hearts #4
Published by Self-Published on 24th December 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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I knew the voice immediately, even though I hadn't heard it since I was twelve years old. My mouth went dry, and I almost dropped the phone. A wave of goosebumps rolled across my flesh.
“Yes.” I sounded scared, reduced to the child I'd been the last time I'd spoken with the man on the other end of the line.
“Hi, darlin’. It’s your dad.”
Kelly's world is far from perfect. She keeps several states between herself and her overbearing mother, and she's sick of her friends playing matchmaker. Her naive teaching ambitions haven't panned out, and after years of spinning her wheels in a troubled school district, she's tired of fighting an uphill battle.
Then her missing father calls, and she reluctantly heads to Texas to hear him out. Their reunion isn't exactly a Hallmark moment, but Kelly falls hard for the vibrant city of Austin, and Mac Hildebrandt, the blue-eyed smart-ass who works with her dad. Her choice to move isn't about her father; it's in spite of him.
Since his disastrous divorce, Mac's been satisfied as a bachelor. He's interested in two things: knocking boots and looking out for his kid. Kelly crashes into his life and leaves him reeling from the impact. Try as he might, he can't shake her sweet smile, and that body of hers ain't half bad either. Still, she's Francis's daughter, and Mac's volatile ex is a constant chore, so the complications are impossible to ignore. He ought to know better, but the sparks between them are just too tempting to resist.
Reviewed by Shannon
*An E-ARC was supplied to me by the authors in exchange for an honest review*
Wood U took place during the events of the entire Carved Hearts series but featured Mac, Molly’s brother, and Kelly, Francis’ daughter. When I read the other three books in the series their relationship got covered a little bit but this book gave us the details of the highs and lows of their relationship. You’ll definitely need to have read the other books in the series in order to understand the other events that happen cause they are just glossed over in this book.
I think my favorite part of this book was seeing their disastrous first date. It was mentioned in the other books but seeing it play out was pretty funny especially when you find out what they were both thinking during that date. Besides that I really loved Kelly. She was awesome and I loved how she handled things for the most part. Mac was great as well especially when it came to his son. And the two of them together were definitely hot. They had a lot to overcome and I thought that was interesting and made me want to keep reading.
However, there were a few things that I wasn’t a fan of. There was a lot of telling the reader what happened instead of showing it and in general that’s something I don’t really like. At times I’m fine with it because the story does need to move forward but in the beginning when the relationship was first being established I didn’t like it. I feel by telling us how their relationship progressed instead of showing us it lessened the impact of why those two people should be together. I also didn’t feel completely satisfied by the ending. There was a ton of build up and unresolved issues and I felt like the ending didn’t match the level of the build up but that may just be me.
It was still a good book. Just know that it is definitely a companion novel so you should read the first three in the series to understand everything that happened.
“Well now, small world.” Mac’s easy drawl sent shivers up my spine, and I sloshed some of the beer I was pouring. I turned to look up at him, and I’ll be damned if he wasn’t ten times more attractive than I remembered. “You missed me so much you couldn’t stay away?”
He flipped Todd’s empty chair around backwards and straddled it with a flourish. I decided he was a straddling expert, which made my mind wander to what else he might be an expert at.
“You found me out,” I joked, taking another long drink of my beer.
“Francis didn’t mention you were coming into town.” His pale eyes swept over me, and when they lingered on my cleavage, I found myself far less judgmental of him than I had been of Todd.
“He doesn’t know,” I replied. Mac’s eyebrow rose, and his lips slid into an infectious smile. I briefly wondered if his lips tasted as rich and delicious as they looked.
“I can keep a secret.” The way he said it made heat spread across my chest and up my throat. This man was always pushing, and I was surprised to realize that I liked it. I quickly explained about my new job and that I’d just been in town for a few days.
“Well, welcome to the neighborhood. If you ever need to borrow a cup of sugar, I’m your guy.” He held out his beer bottle, and I clinked my glass against it. He pinned me with his gaze as we both lifted our drinks to our lips. It was clear that Mac could make anything look sexual, even swallowing.
“Where’s your date?” I asked, clearing my throat. I glanced around for the trashy girl, but she was nowhere to be seen. When I turned back to him, his watchful blue gaze was still on me.
“Where’s yours?” he asked, laughter evident behind his eyes. His deep voice was a major turn on, and I caught myself twirling my hair.
“He’s around here somewhere,” I responded. Surprise overtook his features, and I realized he’d presumed I was alone.
“It’s a blind date,” I blurted and immediately felt like an idiot. His lips twitched with a ghost of a smile.
“He must be blind if he walked away and left you sittin’ here alone.”