Stay With Me by Sharla Lovelace

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Ian was the wild boy every girl dreams of, a renegade who thrived on breaking the law and setting Savi’s body on fire. It was all fun and games and hot excitement, no strings attached, until the one day he got serious—and then disappeared without a trace.

Savi has spent the ten years since committing herself to her work, her daughter, and to not thinking about Ian—or love. Just when it’s possible she might have found the one man who can change her mind, Ian pulls into town, bringing with him all of the lust, danger, and excitement Savi remembers.

As Ian stirs up old feelings and draws Savi back into memories and passion she’s too weak to fight, he’s also digging up dirt on the man Savi is falling for, doing everything he can to prove that Duncan is not who he seems to be. And Savi, unsure whether she can trust either man, will be forced to decide between rekindling a love that never really burned out and building a new one that looks ready to catch fire.

2 stars**

Well... this is not an easy review to write because Don't Let Go is still my TOP favorite book of the year by this author. I was all giddy and excited to dive into another one of her books... but, I have to be honest... I just was not a fan of this one.
I didn't care for Savi... for a woman in her forties, her behavior was often very juvenile. I absolutely did not care for her young adult love interest Ian. The dynamics of their relationship was just unappealing to me personally. They made a game of breaking into people's houses to have sex and steal...   I was not impressed. The grown up version of these two did not improve much, especially in regards to Ian.
I did like the sexy veterinarian... Duncan. He was the only character I found appealing.
I did not like the inclusion of the mob storyline... just didn't seem to fit well in this small town setting.
This is sort of a love triangle of Savi choosing the good guy vet over the old bad boy flame from the past. But, no one was ever in a committed relationship so I wouldn't necessarily call it cheating... just a case of Savi being wishy washy.
I really wanted to love this book but it just wasn't meant to be. Still a big fan of this author... just not of this particular story... so, hopefully the next book will be a winner for me.

ARC was provided via netgalley

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