This is the first book I've read by Michele Bardsley and I absolutely loved it! Gray Calhoun is hardly your typical hero - he's been killed and resurrected by magic; he's been brutally dumped by his wife whom he loved dearly; he's been hiding from life for 10 years; and he's about to get his HEA but it won't come easily. Lucinda Rackmore is one of those heroines you wish you knew in real life. She's a beautiful person on the inside (and the outside too); she's been used and abused by a man looking for power; she escaped brutal torture only to be exiled; and she found her soul mate. A truly wonderful love story with all the trimmings.
The supporting characters are wonderful too and will make excellent heroes and heroines in their own stories. I can't wait for [book:Now or Never|10665759] featuring Taylor's story. Taylor is the town sheriff whose been in this dying town forever. The women are few and far between and definitely not anyone he wants.
I absolutely loved this book. Great characters, steamy scenes, and intriguing plot. My only complaint that it was a little confusing in the beginning trying to figure out who what when where how. But this is the first book in the series so that's expected. Really, I had a hard time putting this book down. I wanted to read it all in one sitting.
What I absolutely love is that even though both Lucy and Gray have a bad past, they don't do the "poor me" thing for long if at all.
If you like Bardsley's Broken Heart series, the writing in this one is slightly different. This one is prettier but there is still humor in it. I think the Broken Heart series is more colloquial and a faster read.
Highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read the next in the series.