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Young mechanic Andrew Campbell’s life couldn’t be better. He is about to restore a Ford Mustang with his dad before heading off on the ultimate cross-country road trip with his best friend, Tanner McKenzie.
But tragedy strikes, and Andrew’s life is shattered. Worried his family will be torn apart if he doesn’t step in, Andrew makes a tough choice between following his heart and doing what he needs to do to protect his little brother.
When Andrew pushes Tanner away, Tanner heads off on the planned trip alone. Once Tanner leaves town, his life takes a different path and it’s ten years before he returns. Now a firefighter, he’s never forgotten his first love, and no one has ever taken Andrew’s place in his heart. He’s determined to see if Andrew feels the same way. He just hopes Andrew’s excited to see him, hopes that he’s available—and finally out—after all this time.
They might not have been ready to deal with emerging feelings years ago, but now might be the time for their second chance at love.
Before I get started I want to clarify that is the second book in the Heroes’ series. I failed to notice that. I’m usually very careful about reading series in order; my OCT tendencies like things to stay neat. And somehow I completely missed the fact that this is book TWO. Now, I’ve seen where this is claimed to be a stand-alone, but I don’t think I agree with that. I would have really really liked the first book first. I plan on going back so I can start from the beginning despite the fact that it’s completely spoiled. So, fair warning.
Things begin a decade in the past and the first half of the story is told with Andrew’s voice. I liked Andrew. A lot. So does his best friend, Tanner. The guys are in their early twenties and enjoying life. Both are working at the local mechanic shop and preparing to embark on a cross-country trip of a lifetime. Andrew is very close to his dad and his younger brother Josh. They lost their mom a long time ago but they never lost their tight bond. I really enjoyed their family time and Nic creates an amazing picture of their simple happiness. Which of course makes it that much harder when it is shattered. Andrew’s father dies unexpectedly and Andrew’s path is forced to take a detour, an alternate route without Tanner.
Fast-forward a decade to the present…Tanner is coming home. The second half of their story is primarily told from Tanner. He left town all those years ago with a broken heart and he yearns to come back and make it whole again. He went into the armed forces, (army firefighter) and has traveled far and wide but hasn’t found what he was looking for. Once he admits that he is still desperately in love with Drew, he is determined to find out if maybe their time has finally come. To be together. That’s all he’s ever wanted, could Drew still want it too?
Friends-to-lovers, GFY and second chances create a nice cocktail. I was enamored with all of the boys but especially Andrew. However, it was a tad….easy? I was anticipating a bit more angst and truly, there wasn’t any. Andrew was forced to make tough decisions but never looked back. His love life was not even a contender on the priority list ten years ago, but his path has changed again. The time has come for Andrew to focus on himself and follow those dreams that were put on idle so long ago. It’s a lovely, trouble-free ride with a bit of steam if you are willing to join along.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find out how Charlie’s story began.