Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Ever After by Rachel Lacey
Olivia Bennett is an animal rights activist. She's incredibly passionate about her cause, especially working to stop the abuse of factory-farmed chickens in her small hometown of Dogwood, North Carolina. When the story opens, Olivia is caught spray-painting the local chicken processing plant by Deputy Pete Sampson. Pete (aka Deputy Hot Stuff) arrests her for vandalism. Following the spray-painting incident, a series of events happen to Olivia that appear to be retaliation for her activism against the chicken plant. As more incidents occur, she finds herself increasingly involved with Pete as they attempt to find out who's targeting her.
Olivia is a strong character who sometimes behaves impulsively, but she learns from her mistakes and makes restitution for them. Pete is an equally likable character. He's an honest cop and has a great deal of integrity, but he has some secrets that keep him up at night. As he and Olivia begin a relationship, she has to figure out a way to help him center himself and rid him of his personal demons.
Even though their relationship begins on a casual level, over time it becomes apparent to both Olivia and Pete that they're falling for each other hard. There's some conflict when they must reconcile their diverging lives with their desire to be together, but the emotion between them comes across as genuine and believable.
Ever After is book #3 in the Love to the Rescue series by Rachel Lacey, but it can be read comfortably as a standalone story. The supporting characters are couples from the previous two books. Olivia and Pete's family members also play a huge role, as do their pets, who are a big part of the plot. Their presence makes the story that much more heartwarming.
Search the VBPL catalog for Ever After along with the preceding book in the series, For Keeps. Fans of this series might also enjoy the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis.