His First and Last
By Terri Osburn
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date: April 21, 2015
When Spencer picks up Lorelei at the Nashville airport at her grandmother's request, two things are immediately apparent: (1) this is not the same take-the-world-by-the-horns girl who left him twelve years ago and (2) he's still as drawn to her as he was the day she threw his ring in his face and stormed out of town. Though Lorelei insists this visit is simply a stopping off point, Spencer is determined to prove to her that her happiness awaits in Ardent Springs...with him.
The desire between them sizzles but Lorelei is hesitant to acknowledge it. She's stubborn, struggling to figure out what she's going to do with the rest of her life, and still reeling from being deceived by the man in LA that she had planned to marry. Life hasn't been easy for Spencer either. He moved on after having his heart broken by Lorelei, marrying a sweet local girl but his ex-wife cheated on him and, together, they shared a devastating loss. Still, he's willing to risk his heart again for his first love but he's going to need all the patience and understanding he can muster if their second chance has any hope of a happy ending.
Terri Osburn is one of my auto-buy authors. She won me over with her debut and each successive book has validated why they all sit on my keeper shelf. Her characters are fully formed, with the flaws and multiple layers found in real-life friends. There are times I want to hug them and other times I want to whack them upside the head which only makes them that much more real to me. Her stories go below the surface, exploring the complexities of small-town life; revealing the good and the bad within her characters, their families and the town itself. She creates situations and characters with which most people can relate or at least understand and empathize. She also taps into this reader's emotions, occasionally eliciting tears and, more frequently, laughter. I appreciate the fact that she doesn't rush her characters, nor does she make things easy for them. As in real life, those things most worthwhile rarely come to us without hard work and, sometimes, pain but that makes us appreciate them all the more when we finally achieve them. I have no doubt that Spencer and Lorelei fully appreciate their second chance. I look forward to watching their relationship continue to develop as well as meeting new couples and reading their stories in future Ardent Springs books.