A novella about a couple who fell in love at first sight. Opal was just about to have lunch with her sister Olive and her daughter Olivia when Ryan appeared. He was just arrived in town for an assignment and Olive invited him to lunch. Olivia instantly connected with Ryan and played with him. Opal and Ryan felt an instant attraction but Opal shut the attraction down because she has issues. And the fact that Ryan drives a bike made it more decisive.
Ryan is a US Marshal who gave up on love after a couple of relations gone bad. Opal has a three y/o daughter and a huge fear of falling in love again. She lost her boyfriend, Olivia’s father, in tragic circumstances while she was in labor, and she hasn’t dealt with the trauma of his loss. Even though Opal and Ryan connect, and the sex is out of this world, she still refuses to let him in. Ryan is from Chicago, doing special jobs for his boss, but stays on doing more assignments to be near Opal.
Opal has a sister and a wonderful brother-in-law who is also a US Marshall and is friends with Ryan. Opal is very close to her sister Olive and to Jay, her brother-in-law, yet at the worse time of her life, her sister was not available to her. There’s a back story here, that happened in a previous book, and is not explained here.
Ryan keeps pursuing Opal, and she gives him hot and cold signals. I really don’t know why he persisted so much and for so long, jeez. If it weren’t for the precious Olivia, I would have been rooting for him to cut away.
I have several problems with this plot. Opal was pregnant at 17 y/o and now she has 21. At first she lived with her parents, now she’s on her own. That’s way too young, and yet, this doesn’t feel like a YA novel. Her behavior, issues and all, feels like an older woman. I was surprised when I read about her age.
The death of her boyfriend was a tragedy but I didn’t sense it was enough for the trauma and all the hangups Opal’s presenting. She was very stubborn in her refusal to love Ryan, and she was getting on my nerves. I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for her.
Opal’s parents help her out with Olivia yet they don’t appear in the story as secondary characters.
This book is part of a series and although it can be read alone, I felt like it would have been better reading it in the series. I felt like the story had holes and I’m pretty sure it’s because there’s a back story contained in the other books that would complement the holes in this one. Also, since it’s a shorter than a full novel, it felt shallow. The plot in this story would have worked much better in a full-length novel. In this shortened version, I felt like it was lacking.
I liked Ryan as a character. He was a McDreamy guy. He was very protective of Opal and Olivia. Even though Opal needed help and there were some instances she should have called for help, she didn’t due to stubbornness, and in so doing, endangered her daughter. Even so, he was always there when she needed him, call him or not. I didn’t feel much for Opal and I didn’t feel much for her issues. Little Olivia was a darling and she was pretty much what made this book so charming, and the love that sprung between Olivia and Ryan.