The heroine was strong, brave, extremely bossy, independent and I liked how determined she was to do a good job, even though she wasn't getting the credit she deserved. Also, I liked the fact that she remained cool under pressure when facing Wilder's ex when the woman was annoyed by something. However, what I liked most about the heroine was how she gave Wilder a chance, even when there seems to be no hope for them towards the end, or so she believes, because he'll always do what's right for his daughter.
While the hero, he has some tough decisions to make and I liked that he did what was right for him, instead of continuing to allow his ex to dictate the terms of his life and make him continue to do something that he'd rather not. Using their daughter as leverage was wrong of her, and I could understand why he finally wants to say enough is enough. It's not fair to him when his ex is getting what she wants, but he isn't when what he wants most is the heroine. Also I liked the bond he shared with his daughter, and that he would do anything for her.
Overall, Ms. Chapman has delivered a really good read in this book, which encompassed plenty of chemistry between the main characters that spilled over onto the pages nicely, and illustrated how much these two need each other. The way this story ended brought tears to my eyes, because of the sacrifice the heroine was willing to make, even though it was palpable how much these two loved each other. However, I liked how they were reunited the most. Luckily, the hero doesn't give up when he wants something or someone bad enough. I would recommend Playing House by Laura Chapman, if you enjoy books by authors Olivia West, Emily Waters, or Kate Goldman.
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