Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Welcome to Safe Haven, where love–and a second chance–is just around the corner…
Sunny, carefree days splashing in the ocean–it’s the life Anna George has always wanted for her five-year-old twins. And now that they’ve made it to Safe Haven, South Carolina, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. Not the abusive ex she’s just escaped and not the rugged contractor who caught her setting up house in the shuttered beachfront cabins he’s refurbishing. When he offers Anna and her daughters a place to stay in exchange for her help with renovations, she’s tempted. His gentle way with her girls makes her want to trust him, but she’s been wrong before…
A family is the last thing contractor and former military man Sean O’Dwyer wants right now. But when he discovers Anna and her girls, he recognizes kindred spirits. They’re survivors who’ve seen the worst of people, just like he has, and he’ll do anything he can to help them. As he and Anna spend their days bringing the cottages back to life and their nights sharing kisses in the warm bayou breezes, Sean must choose between the life he always wanted and the family he can’t live without.
Full disclosure: I really managed to wait until the last-minute to get this one read. So I went into it thinking I’d have to pull a speed-reading manuever to make sure I finished it in time, but I ended up staying up way past my bedtime so I could savor this story and I binged it in one sitting. Thank goodness I didn’t work the next morning, because I could not tear myself away from this story.
As a general rule, I read romance as an escape, as a sort of palate cleanser to refresh my mind. I usually escape into the story for as long as it takes me to read it, and then I move on. But Low Country Hero was different. I was so caught up in the lives of Anna and her daughters, Sean, and Rita, that I couldn’t stop thinking about them. LTM did a fantastic job of bringing this cast to life in a way that made them feel like my own friends and family.
And, of course, the setting needs to be mentioned. I have never been to South Carolina, but this book brought it to life and it was beautiful. As with the characters, I was right there, taking that evening stroll, watching the lightning strike the water, watching egrets fish, visiting the library. . . You get my point.
So it’s pretty clear that I just going to keep waxing poetic about how much I ended up loving this book. It turned out to be even better than I expected, and now I can’t wait for the next book in the series to be released. If you’re looking for a new romance to dive into it, a new series to undertake, some beautiful southern fiction to get lost in, or all of the above, I highly recommend checking out Low Country Hero. I hope it wedges itself into your favorites just like it did for me.