Hide and Seek
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Joey was optimistic about his relationship with Simone, but she leaves him floundering in a sea of confusion when she suddenly dumps him. His mom is marrying a man younger than him, his station has him fundraising in a Santa suit, and there's an arsonist loose in town. Then he sees her, the petite goddess who won't give him the time of day.
Vivian has all the reasons in the world to not get involved with Joey, the biggest of which is her four-year-old daughter, Carly. Joey's made her a lot of promises, but after the issues she had with her ex, she just knows Joey is too good to be true.
These two can't see what's right in front of them, but when the fuse is ignited, sometimes you just have to cling to someone and hope you survive. Hiding is not an option.
Joey just wants a family......
Joey just wants a family of his own.....and to stop the arsonist. Vivian is distrustful and only wants to make a good home for her young daughter. She may try to hide from Joey, but he’s determined to win his prize.
Great, sweet, hot, small-town read.
If you like romance and HEAs, or small towns or firemen, this series is for you.
This is the second book in Conley’s Playing with Fire series and she does a great job with timing and continuity, giving us more of the characters we previously met, along with new ones. The more I read of this series, the more I crave. She manages to really pull at the heartstrings fairly early on, using Vivian and Carly beautifully.
I completely cannot get enough of this town, the entire dynamic, all the characters, even the businesses with their own personalities are so much fun; I’m going to be gutted when it’s over.
Joey’s a great guy, you’ll likely find yourself rooting for him.
Katie and Logan are still full of dysfunction, and I can’t wait for their book!
It does feature ‘insta-love”, but Conley has a way of making it work. The characters truly get to know and fall for each other; they just fall hard and fast; the feelings are real.
It’s a quick read, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking anything.
Clearly the character development is on point and there’s no shortage of drama. Family drama, romantic drama, fire drama/action, some mystery… it’s got the all the makings of an exciting, feel-y read and the small-town dynamic just seals the deal for me.
Family Of Three?
Joey thought Simone was the one for him. When she dumped him, he realized she had just been using him. Thinking he would never find his soul mate, Joey dedicates his energy to his job as a firefighter and to making his mom's wedding the best it can be. Joey doesn't like that the man his mom is marrying is his age, but he wants her to be happy. After work, he wonders into the store to have his tux fitted and stumbles upon the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. He can tell his pick up lines and smile won't work with her though. So he comes up with a plan...
Vivian is devoted to one thing and one thing only, her daughter. Vivian does NOT date--especially players which she assumes he is. Not that she isn't attracted to Joey, but she's been burned in the past and doesn't want a repeat. Carly's dad abandoned her and left Vivian when he found out she was pregnant. Her own family even turned their backs on her. Vivian has always relied on herself, so she's never disappointed or hurt. Vivian doesn't even know how to let someone in, even when Joey does everything he can to prove himself to her.
While I really enjoyed this story, more than the first one, I got tired of Vivian's indeciveness. As a single mom, I understand her reluctance. It's hard when children are involved as you don't want them to get hurt if things go poorly. But Joey was kind, patient, loving, and accepting. He never did anything, except support Vivian in her decisions and feelings. She crushed him! Other than that, a very enjoyable read. I loved the suspense and Carly's pure joy in all things kid related! I received a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.