Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson!
Captain Ava Capp has been flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, against her better judgment, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected it to.
M.E. Dr. Tom Baker has never forgotten Ava and the cold case she ran away from. When she shows up unexpectedly in town, in spite of himself, sparks fly. Which is terrible because he can’t stop his growing attraction to her. Can these two Type-A’s let their guards down and work together to put Ava’s tragic past behind her for good? And keep their hands off each other at the same time?
Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is my 1st Davidson book! I was excited to dive in, and I didn’t really look into the book much before starting.
The cover and title made me think this would be fluffy. There are certainly light, fun times, but there was a darker side as well that was unexpected (but not unwelcome). Ava has a tragic past that is haunting, but her current life is vibrant, funny, and full! I really loved the side characters in the story; it reminded me a bit of the side characters in a Stephanie Plum book-zany! After many years away, Ava returns to her hometown and the source of her painful past. It is there she connects with the ME, Dr. Tom Baker. Together with Tom, she begins to solve the mystery of what happened years ago, find love, and learn to forgive herself.
Personally, the romance is light. Its not bad or anything, but as a hard core romance reader, I categorize this more women’s fiction with a romance than straight up romance. The driving force of the story is in Ava’s growth as a character-accepting her past, coming to terms with it, putting it behind her, etc. Ava and Tom are great, but their romance isn’t the focal point.
Fans of Kristen Higgins, Janet Evanovich, and Christina Lauren will enjoy this comedy of errors and find it a delightful way to pass a weekend in front of the fire!
- POV: 1st
- Tears: no
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Ava was in rehab for drug abuse « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: standalone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
other low heat romances like Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne, Size 12 is not Fat by Meg Cabot, My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella…then you will probably like Truth, Lies, and Second Dates!