Series: Fireside #1
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: May 10th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
In the explosive debut of Stacey Lynn’s irresistible Fireside series, a pair of estranged lovers are reunited by dangerous loyalties—and intoxicating desire.
Tyson Blackwell never saw it coming when his Mafia princess girlfriend dumped him and disappeared at the age of eighteen. He never forgot her, either, even after what happened next: the killing of his father, a Detroit PD officer, at the hands of one of her father’s men. Tyson swore revenge, and now, ten years later, the kid who dreamed of a pro football career is a hard-nosed FBI agent, back in town to take down the Galecki crime family once and for all. But Tyson’s mission gets complicated fast—because going undercover means seducing the only woman he’s ever loved.
Gabriella “Blue” Galecki has been in hiding for a decade. She finally comes home to spend time with her terminally ill mother, only to receive a blast from the past when she runs into Tyson. His brooding eyes and electrifying touch still send chills down her spine. But as heir to the family empire, Blue has been promised to another. Caught in a web of deception, she is tempted to pull the trigger on the boldest risk she’s ever taken: trusting Tyson with her life, her body, and her heart.
The cover of this book was the thing that drew my interest but I can never pass up a second chance romance, especially one where the characters have so many obstacles thrown in their path but still overcome them to find their happiness and I really enjoyed this book. HIS TO LOVE is an appealing story of abiding love and I loved that the renewed connection between Gabriella and Tyson retained the sweetness of youth.
Gabriella Galecki and Tyson Blackwell were high school sweethearts with big plans for their future in spite of the challenge they faced with their families on opposite sides of the law, but they had a youthful optimism that things would work out for them, until they were forcibly separated. In the intervening ten years, Tyson lost his shot at a football career and became an FBI agent. Gabriella has never liked her father’s organized crime connections and stayed away from Detroit to avoid getting entangled in her father’s business, but her mother’s failing health gives her no choice but to return.
The Galecki crime family has been on the radar of federal agencies and with Gabriella’s return, Tyson must capitalize on their past relationship to get information that could help them bring down, which puts in him a hard place: torn between his job and his feelings for Gabriella.
Gabriella is caught between her love for Tyson, her desire for her father’s love while at the same time disdaining his business practices, and the pressure to make an advantageous marriage as befits her father’s position. Not an enviable position to be in, but I like that she was determined to maintain her independence. How will her love for Tyson be affected when the truth of his mission comes to light? Will she ever trust the man who’s working so hard to bring down her father’s empire and put him away for good?
This is actually the first book from Ms. Lynn that I’ve read and I think she did a great job writing a complex yet sweet story with so many angles and characters with so many layers. Gabriella is a character anyone can relate to: caught between the demands of her family and her love for the man she’s loved all her life, yet strong enough to forge her own path, instead of caving in to pressure.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series and will definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a great second chance romance.