Spikonos Brothers #2
In Can't Fight This Feeling (Spikonos Brothers #2) by Miranda Liasson, losing her husband to cancer was hard for Maggie McShae. She's grieved for three years, and still time hasn't helped her heal, but at least she's beginning to date again. When Drew Poulos asks her for a favor in accompanying him to a wedding where his entire dysfunctional family will be present, will she finally give in to the chemistry that sizzles between them, or will her love for her late husband hold her back from ever being happy again?
What a beautifully-written, spell-binding, fast-paced read Ms. Liasson has penned in this story, encompassing the second chance romance trope, a hero and heroine that face some difficult obstacles on their journey to happy ever after and a plot that made this story a complete page turner. The way this story started had me hooked and determined to know the outcome of the conversation Maggie was having. Would she be able to go through with what she suggests in the opening sentence? Would the man she's asking accept her offer? However, it was the moment that the hero entered this story that I loved. Maggie's sass, Drew's sarcasm and their banter on whether he can help her when it comes to dating creates some seriously strong sexual tension that keeps getting stronger until they finally explore their chemistry.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, because they both have plenty of baggage when it comes to relationships. Maggie lost the love of her life and struggles to give another man a chance, because she loved her husband so much and doesn't want to be with another man she can see herself loving that much again. And besides, she has her son to think about and doesn't want the young boy to get attached to any man that isn't going to stick around. While Drew, his ex cheated on him with someone he's very close with, which made me sympathize with him when it came to being around his family. Yet, despite the intense dialogue, there were some really fantastic light-hearted moments throughout this story, especially when Maggie is helping to ease the tense situation they end up in with his family. She was a real hoot in that moment, because of the way she goes overboard in implying that her and Drew's relationship is a whole lot more exciting than it is.
Both the main characters entertained me from start to finish with their back stories and their growing relationship. Losing her husband was too painful for Maggie and I could understand why being with another man feels like a betrayal to the love they had for each other. However, in saying that, I liked how Drew managed to wear the heroine down and show her that love can be a good thing. That it doesn't have to be scary, especially when the person you're falling for has felt lose -- even if it is of a different kind.
Overall, Ms. Liasson has penned an incredible read in this book, which made me smile at times and brought tears to my eyes at others. I really enjoyed how the secondary characters aren't afraid to offer their advice, even when it seems Maggie is resistant to listen. Furthermore, I liked how this story tied up all the loose ends such as how Maggie helps Drew bridge the gap with his family, the truth coming out about the heroine's late husband and Maggie having to deal with her mother-in-law's fears. How could the woman ever think so poorly of the heroine when she's never given her mother-in-law any reason to? How could the woman not want Maggie to be happy again?
The way this story ended had happy tears running down my face, because of the sign Maggie receives that it's finally time to move on. Certainly, she deserves to be happy again and Drew is the right man for her. Moreover, I liked the way she made things right with him, yet, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly. Drew is a hopeless romantic the way he gets the heroine's son to help him with the surprise he has for Maggie. I would highly recommend Can't Fight This Feeling by Miranda Liasson, especially if you love second chance romances.
SHE WANTS TO MOVE ON…WITH SOMEONE BLAND AND BORING…