Series: Wildwood #2
Author: Karen Erickson
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: 21 June 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Lane Gallagher wants Delilah Moore – bad.
He’s imagined the sexy brunette in his bed more times than he can count.
She’s everything he’s ever wanted, but the only problem is…
She’s his brother’s ex.
For years, the stoic sheriff’s deputy has fantasized about the sweet, bubbly dance teacher who stirs his deepest desires. But Lane’s too loyal to ever move in on forbidden territory and he knows that while he can look, he definitely can’t touch. Fighting his attraction to Delilah is nearly impossible, but the infuriating-and incredibly sexy-woman seems determined to drive him crazy.
And she’s bringing him to his knees. One smoldering kiss at a time.
Picking up where Ignite ended but this time with the oldest Gallagher brother stepping into the spotlight. Lane has carried a torch for Delilah from the very first moment he set eyes on her, shame his younger brother got to ask her out first. I can understand Lane’s reservations regarding dating his brother’s ex-girlfriend even if the chemistry between them sizzles whenever they are in the same room. Not only is Delilah his brothers ex but she is also one of his sisters best friends – not the ideal situation if you have any reservations about the other person.
Although these aren’t the only factors keeping Lane from being with Delilah; he has a very clouded view of relationships because of his a$%e of a father. He even projects that negative view onto himself, fearful he could become like his father. He doesn’t want to ever treat a woman the way his father treats his mother. The fact that he feels this way speaks volumes as to the type of character he is and so far removed from the douche-tastic role model he has had to endure. Yet, Lane is unable to reconcile who he truly is with the fear of who he could become.
While I liked Delilah I couldn’t quite understand why she would put herself in the path of rejection time and time again. I felt both admiration for her determination and pity for the way in which she was unable to move forward with her life even with the constant rejection. Outsiders observes can see the connection between Lane and Delilah is special so why cant’ Lane.
I found Lane to be utterly frustrating at times, I wanted to give him a good shake. While he is dominant and controlling he has a heart of gold. He keeps his emotions on lockdown, shouldering the responsibility of his family and his career with no support system of his own. His family turn to him with their problems but he doesn’t feel as if he can do the same. Lane needs Delilah’s calm countenance and persistence to break through his barriers in order to create something truly special.
The thriller aspects continue in Smolder with the escalation of the arsonist attacks, the introduction of an aloof arson investigator and the constant tension of uncovering the perpetrator before anything else happens.
I love the Gallagher family, with two siblings finding their someone special I wonder what is in store for Wren and Holden ♥