I really like this book. I love how the heroine is the only one who can see through the hero’s BS–and calls him on it. The hero is a lot deeper than many romance heroes. He is a genuinely good soul all the time. Even at the black moment in the story, and events turn ugly, his innate goodness shines.
Some of the town folk and athletes are stereotypical, but I think the author does that to enhance the qualities of the hero.
The reason the book is so low on my list is because of the secondary plot/romance between the hero’s mother and the bad-boy who’d loved her from afar in their youth. I’ve read this book numerous times , and while that plotline is not as creepy-icky as it seemed the first time I read the book, and is really handled quite well, I still find it creepy-icky. In this reader’s opinion, there’s a scene that occurs in a dark closet that should have remained in the dark closet and not on the page.
Overall: 4 stars.