Lilly Vasquez has returned home to Compass Cove after making her way in Hollywood as a hairstylist to the stars. With such a successful career, why she moved back to Long Island to open her own salon is a mystery, and Lilly’s not talking. That is until a movie shoot nearby drops the trouble she thought she left in California right into her backyard.
FBI Special Agent Jack Miller has floated in and out of Compass Cove for the last fifteen years, rarely staying in town for more than a few days because he’s so wrapped up in his work. But when a complaint about a potentially dangerous situation in town of Compass Cove lands in his lap, Jack is gobsmacked to see the name of the woman who has occupied his thoughts for more years than he can remember, Lilly Vasquez.
With the excitement of a big family wedding, Jack has an excuse to stick close, but Lilly doesn’t appreciate the attention, especially since it stirs up a bee’s nest of long-buried feelings. Likewise, Jack is dealing with his own attraction to the fiery brunette, and it’s making him crazy. He needs to stay objective to keep Lilly safe, but his heart isn’t listening to reason. Will the long-time friends succumb to the small town magic and take the biggest risk of their lives, or will they play it safe, and miss their happily ever after?
Title: All of Me
Series: Compass Cove #3
Author: Jeannie Moon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 28, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
We first encountered a younger Lilly and Jack in the first story in this series, THEN CAME YOU. At that time my heart ached for Lilly since she was so certain that Jack was her special one, even if he was a bit older. His rejection hurt badly, and perhaps lead her to make different choices which backfired big time.
In the latest story in the Compass Cove series brings Lilly and Jack together once again, older, maybe wiser, and this time ready to let the attraction between them take control. Jack may try to stay professional, to keep his distance but he knows it’s a losing battle with himself. Lilly is in serious danger and he won’t let anything happen to the woman he’s come to love. My heart ached for the younger Lilly, I was ready to champion and defend the now older Lilly. She’s been through a lot, she’s changed some but in her heart, she still thinks Jack is her special one – even if she’s fighting that attraction that simply will not go away. Now in spite of her past making an unwanted appearance in Compas Cove, she’s falling for the man who she’s always loved but now sees on a different level. Maturity will do that, let us see what we ignored in our youth.
I enjoyed Jack and Lilly’s romance. Friends to lovers is a favorite trope for me, but seeing a young crush turn into real love with maturity and respect has to touch my emotions – for don’t we all wish some of those younger crushes of ours might have turned out differently? We get the chance to catch up with old friends and perhaps get a taste of what may soon come to Compas Cove. I had a blast with ALL OF ME, and if you enjoy a good romance, believable characters, a bit of mystery and two people finally discovering that happy ever after does exist, then you’ll want to pick this one up. I’d not hesitate to recommend ALL OF ME or any of the stories in this series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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