Center Mass by Lani Lynn Vale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Luke Roberts came to the small lazy town of Kilgore, Texas with one thing on his mind: Forgetting. He wanted to forget why he left. Forget those emerald green eyes that haunted his dreams. And forget how it felt to have his heart ripped out of his chest by a woman who didn’t like the fact that he had a child. It was something he’d been doing a damn fine job of doing, too. Until Reese smashed through every one of his defenses, and made him feel again.
Reese Doherty was just trying to do the best for her little girl. So she moved to the little boomtown nearly an hour from where she grew up to be the school nurse for Kilgore’s littlest people. That’s where she met him. The SWAT officer and the man that would change her life forever. The sexy man who liked to drive fast, and live life like it should be lived. He drove her crazy, and became something she could barely live without.
But Luke was a hero. A man used to risking his life to make the world a safer place. Something Reese had to decide whether she could handle or not. Preferably before her and her daughter became too attached.
Just when she’s ready to give him her whole heart, her world takes a huge hit, and everything she thought she knew wasn’t as it seemed.
Luke wasn’t a quitter, though. Damn far from it, and he’d prove to her that he’d be there when the dust settled. Whether she wanted him to be or not.
This book completely worked for me. I loved that Luke was all alpha and protective and yet, once he met Reese, and got to know her, he knew that she was his. He claimed her and there wasn't anyone else for him. He had a couple of opportunities where other women made their interest known, and the only woman he wanted was Reese. I loved that.
I also loved seeing Luke with his daughter and with Reese's daughter. He was so sweet with them.
I've been reading this series out of order, so it was nice to see the start of Nico's story with the woman that was after Luke and Reese in this book.
This one is definitely one I'll reread!