College professor Mallory Fredrick loves her job in a city that feels like home, but after a student attacks her on social media, she loses her peace of mind and confidence. When her college offers a sabbatical, she jumps at the chance to escape to her hometown in Texas. Entrepreneur Alec O’Donnell specializes in helping people in crisis. He’s built his company and career on packing up lives as people start over. It’s just business until he meets Mallory. Something about the beautiful and fragile woman who still manages to hold on to her sense of humor affects him. As feelings develop, he realizes he’s not ready for her to move out of his life. Can Mallory find peace, or will a second setback keep her from coming home for good?
The Bottom Line: When I was going through my NetGalley list, I had forgotten I read this book. That’s not a glowing, highly recommend it kind of statement, is it? Once I read the synopsis, the book came back quickly, and I did like it, but I didn’t find it at all special or something to highly recommend to readers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book, other than it isn’t very different from some hundreds of other books in the genre. When one reads as many books as I do in a year, one looks for the books, characters, and plots that just rise above all the others and really stick with you. While the plot and characters in this book are just fine, they don’t stand out from the crowd and scream for me to push this book in the path of other readers. If, however, you find yourself with a free afternoon and nothing on your TBR that’s jumping out, take a peek at this sweet, clean romance.