Book 10, Northstar
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Heather Brown is strong, confident, and successful, and as far as Jeremiah Mackey is concerned, she has it all. So why does she keep walking away from good men?
It’s Heather’s thirtieth birthday, and she’s newly single. Again. Her family isn’t going to be happy about that, and she’s in no mood to endure their disappointment. When Jeremiah offers to help her salvage her birthday, she can’t say no. She quickly finds out there’s more to him than she ever realized. He’s different than any man she’s dated, and he might have exactly what she’s been missing all this time. But with her family openly disapproving of him, how can it last?
Jeremiah has made a lot of mistakes in his life, and he's spent time behind bars because of them. But eleven years ago, the same sheriff’s deputy who arrested him offered him a chance to turn his life around, and he took it without looking back. Now that he finally has a chance with Heather, his future is looking brighter than ever… until someone from his past starts playing games with him—someone he knows would like to see him and the interfering deputy dead.
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A NOTE ON THE CONTENT: The Northstar books are contemporary romances and contain some profanity and sensual scenes that may not be suitable for sensitive readers.
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Heather and Jeremiah’s story is on the unconventional side. But that’s not a bad thing. This is the first story I have read from Suzie O’Connell but it will not be my last!
Usually, it’s the male lead who has trouble staying in a relationship, going through girlfriends until he meets “the one”. And the male usually is the self-assured, take the lead kind of guy. The female lead usually is the “less experienced” one with fewer ex-boyfriends, feels less secure about where she stands with the guy, etc.
In this story, it is Jeremiah who is unsure of a relationship with Heather, given her history with ex-boyfriends. (Understandably so!). And while he is very close to his “adopted” family, Heather has an extremely strained relationship with her dysfunctional family - again, rightly so.
Jeremiah is the gem here...smart, patient, caring but also astute enough to realize Heather needs to face her own issues before they can begin a serious relationship together. Adding to Heather’s family drama, someone from Jeremiah’s past bent on revenge adds more drama to this story.
Several things stand out as different from a typical romance story with the most prominent one being Heather’s aggressiveness, both in her relationship with Jeremiah, family and others. The other is Jeremiah’s beta behavior...not that he’s a wimp (although we are repeatedly reminded of his physical stature being on the smaller side) but in some respects a reversal of a typical male/female role in a romance story was interesting. It is Jeremiah that soothes and heals Heather. This part of the love story is very heartwarming, as is Jeremiah’s relationship with the Hammond family.
I appreciate and enjoy a strong female role. Damsels continually in distress are not my thing. A woman who can stand on her own is a beautiful thing and Heather does that. No doormat is she! The love and support Heather and Jeremiah grow in makes this a wonderful story.
Loved it! This novel didn’t have your everyday overused characters and storyline. Don’t start reading if you will need to stop before getting to the end! A Sheriff “adopts” Jeremiah instead of putting him into jail. Joe works on the ranch and becomes part of the family. His cousin is jailed for drug trafficing vowing to get revenge on Jeremiah for helping put him in jail. Heather is part of a disfunctional boxing family who own a ranch. She finally splits from them and her domineering mother becoming friends with Jeremiah. And then it begins! I love this authors novels! Enjoy!
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Loved this story. Heather has a difficult relationship with her family and is struggling to feel accepted for herself and Jeremiah is struggling with his feelings of inadequacy. Mix that with the danger of Zach getting out of prison and his unspoken threat to bring Jeremiah down for his time in prison. Makes for an emotional romantic suspense book. Very enjoyable read as usual for a Northstar novel. Loved seeing old familiar couples and their families.