This is my first read by Rachel Jones.
I was grateful to find it was a clean read with the relationship at the heart of it, not the body chemistry. Though there are a few good kisses in it.
It has a great beginning, a football tackle sets the tone. There's music, sports, loss, pain, conflicting feelings and interests. All the things that make a romance great.
The characters were just the right amount of flawed and had issues they need to work out before coming together. Pacing was consistent. There are family dynamics in play to help keep the story interesting and add to the conflict.
Well done. I'd be happy to read more by this author.
From childhood, Virginia Manning has planned for a career as a concert clarinetist. Blindsided by family circumstances, her plans are interrupted, taking her down a path she would never have chosen. As a music teacher, Virginia’s relationship with the football coach goes from problematic to romantic. After Blake’s brush with death, a scared Virginia runs away looking for the contentment music has always brought to her life.
Because Blake Oliver has experienced disappointment and pain, he opts for a fresh start in a small New England town. Accepting the position of football coach, he isn’t looking for love when it finds him. But when Virginia leaves to pursue a performance career, Blake realizes it’s not where you live but having someone to love that matters. His only problem is making her understand that as well.