Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”
Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?
As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?
A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.
Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?
Beth Vogt is a relatively new contemporary romance voice that is out there. My thoughts:
What I liked:
The storm chasing element. Have you seen the movie Twister? Yes. I loved the whole suspense of the hurricane and trying to get from one place to the next, knowing this force of nature could take. you. out.
Second chances. Second chance romances, if done well, can be really good.
Spiritually, there’s this moment where Vanessa kind of pulls away from everything to seek God’s face about her life. In this moment, she faces God with all of her hurt and her pain and still comes to the realization that God is good. Good moment!
What I didn’t like:
Vanessa. Vanessa is supposed to be a closed off heroine…and there are reasons for that. But, at the end of the day, she was closed off from me the reader and I just didn’t connect to her that well.
The romance. Much of this book focused on Vanessa and Logan’s past. Which was understandable. However, very little of it focused on their present. I felt like they weren’t in that many scenes together, and so I was confused as to why they were getting married in the end. Yes, they knew each other eight years ago, but people change in eight years and none of that was addressed. Also, they got married so fast the second time, they were still dealing with the same issues that separated them the first time.
Romantic Scale: 6
Overall, it was an okay book. It was entertaining, but not necessarily my favorite book by this author.
**I received a copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**