Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail—where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset—and instead return to the family’s summer home on Hartsbridge Island.
There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe’s recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh’s father doesn’t share his ambition for the restaurant’s future.
Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael’s heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after—lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can’t trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that’s exactly what they’ll need to do.
I think this was my first book by this author. And I just loved it.
Except the end.
The slow build that these have is amazing. One needing it, the other just wanting to be close no matter what. I think what I loved most was the fact that we got to go on dates, walks, and just be with them. I find that is missing some times. And the way we got the dog incorporated into the story was pretty amazing.
The fact that Michael was injured but he wasn’t glamorized as some Special Forces stud. He’s job, just as important, if not more so, because, if ppl didn’t have the supplies and equipment….. He’s injury, so life threatening, but again not one that we normally hear about.
Add in the self absorbed father and mother. And you’ve got a great story.
By only issues, that it ended so abruptly. Can’t decided if that means a cliffy and we get another one, I just didn’t feel like we’ve enough story left for another.
Or that’s it. Father gave up (too easily), and Michael and Josh got the HFN.