3.5 stars, 1.5 heat
Blackberry Summer was my first from Thayne and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's an easy read that kept me coming back for a little more.
The Gist: Riley has come back home to be the town's police chief and comes face to face with a slew of robberies that lead to a terrible accident. One that changes the lives of Riley's family and that of the girl he's love since they were barely teenagers.
I really liked Riley and Claire. They're good people. Not perfect but they try to do their best. Riley protecting the community even if it's not appreciated. He's a giving man with deep hurts that goes above and beyond. And Claire she's just full of heart. She's a caretaker and gives her all to help others. I liked them both quite a lot.
Their romance is slow going and has some hurdles. Both of them dealing with the fallout of the car accident that left her injured and his niece dead. Dealing with insecurities and with not believing the other has a thing for them. Riley seen he was a teenager. I loved them together, though. They fit. They were sweet and warm and good together. It's pretty PG since most of the time she's in a cast and, well, all the stuff they have to get past.
There's a good bit of the town, too. A town I loved and hated at the same time. Some good people, a secret angel that left gifts for those struggling, a town wanting to help each other when times were hard. But there's also a very judgmental and hateful element with some who just cannot let go of the past and how people were 20+ years ago. That was very frustrating. I wanted to shake some people. lol But over all I did love the small resort town and wanted to spend more time with them.
My issues-- Some editing blips and a lot of lose ends. The robbery/accident everything revolved around was left open, Riley's job was still up in the air since people were trying to get him fired. They're in love and that's wonderful but it needed a bit more. Them telling her kids maybe. Or her defending him to their families who kept ragging on him not being good enough for her. It just needed a bit more.
All in all, while it wasn't a perfect read for me I did enjoy it. It was a very quick read and had me engaged and enjoying my time with Riley and Claire. I'll read more of the series for sure. Reply