Marriage is no picnic.
At least the one Vivian Emerson shared with her late husband hadn’t been. Craig’s infidelity began after a devastating loss to their family and ended with his death. Not only did he leave Vivian without closure, he had to go and die in a way that made her the talk of the whole state of South Carolina and beyond. Now her daughter wants nothing to do with her because of him. She would just stick with the single life from now on, thank you very much.
For the last fourteen years since the death of his wife, Bo Manning never even considered wanting another woman in his life. That is until he comes to the rescue of a certain woman with haunting, jade green eyes. Despite Vivian’s resolve not to give her heart to another man, Bo sets out to patiently woo her into the loving relationship he is offering.
Irresistibly Yours reveals God’s fervent effectual call in the form of a classic romance.
SERIES: Walden Beach #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Dreamer Publishing
RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2018
How was she supposed to concentrate? Vivian’s plan to ignore her attraction to the man in hopes of it going away seemed to have been swept out with the undercurrents of the vast ocean next to them.
The beach music ended and a slow dance came on next. Without asking, Bo turned to face her and placed his hands on her waist, pulling her close as he began swaying to the music. Her hands went up to his shoulders as if it was the most natural thing in the world. His arms moved around to her back, pulling her closer to him as he softly sang along with the music.
“Let me be your hero. Come on, let me save your day. The pain of yesterday will surely fade away.”
The sound of his deep voice washed through her. The words seemed to seep into her very soul. She had been referring to him as her hero since right after they met. What would it feel like to give in, to take a chance on this man who seemed larger than life?
“My lips will be your lifeline.”
His soft beard brushed against her cheek, sending a wave of rippled excitement through her limbs. Of their own accord, one of her hands moved to the back of his hair and the other cupped the side of his face. With her face buried against his neck, she ran her fingertips through his short beard.
She had slow danced with Craig before, but not like this. Not with their bodies swaying together as one.
“Put your trust in me, I’ll be yours forever.”
Bo’s nose brushed her cheek, his breath warmed her skin causing her pulse to race. His mouth was barely an inch away from hers. He whispered her name, his warm breath petal soft against her cheek. With everything in her, she wanted him to kiss her. His lips barely brushed against the corner of her mouth, testing her resolve. No doubt a kiss would be next.
She pulled back, warning signals suddenly blaring through her mind. They stopped dancing. She listened to the beach music coming through the speakers. The song had changed somewhere along the way, and she had been totally oblivious.
He stood motionless, peering down at her through the dark. His hands were back on her waist and his breathing had evened to normal. With any luck, he wouldn’t read anything into the fact that she had been affected by the moment because it couldn’t go further than this.
“I appreciate the lessons, but I think I’m about done for the night.”
“Are you ready to join the others on the dance floor?”
She pushed a laugh through the tightness in her chest. “I’m afraid it will take more than one lesson to keep me from embarrassing myself out there.” She let her hands slide down to his upper arms, but the feel of firm muscle beneath her fingers sent heat coursing through her again. She let her hands drop. “I think I’ll head on home.”
He let go of her waist and grabbed her hands instead. “Vivian, have I done something wrong?”
She gave him a reassuring smile. “Not at all.” No, he had been the perfect gentleman as always. “I’m just tired. It’s been a long day.”
“In that case, let me walk with you.”
“Thanks, Bo. I would appreciate that.”
She didn’t even think of turning down his offer. Bo was a good man. He is. She couldn’t believe it, but there was no denying it now. Surely, he had flaws like everyone else, but nothing that would deem him unworthy. She had set the boundaries of their relationship, and he had done nothing to push things past friendship. Oh, she could tell he probably wanted to, but he hadn’t, and she found that way too appealing.
After saying her goodbyes to the rest of their friends, they ambled hand-in-hand up the shoreline. They passed by several groups of people shooting off fireworks. Vivian loved watching them from a distance, but up close, they made her nervous.
Bo followed her upstairs to her back door. He pulled her into a hug, kissed the side of her head, and then let her go. “Goodnight, Vivian.”
“Goodnight. Thanks for walking me home. And for the dance lessons. I had a good time.”
He placed his hand on the door jam and leaned closer. “Anytime you want more lessons, let me know.”
She shivered. There was nothing wrong with his offer, but his deep voice and the memory of her first lesson caused the tension between them to roar back to life.
“Thanks for the offer. I’ll keep that in mind.” She let herself in and took one more look at Bo before shutting the door. A few moments passed before the sound of his footsteps receded down the stairs.
What would have happened if she had thrown caution to the wind and just let him kiss her? What could one kiss hurt? But Bo wouldn’t have wanted to stop at just one kiss. She had a feeling he was looking for a long-term commitment. He didn’t seem the kind of guy who would settle for a meaningless relationship.
Listen to yourself.
Bo tore apart every reason she had for never wanting to remarry and that scared her more than anything.
Excerpt property of Andrea Boyd | Used with permission
“Don’t let the past keep you from grabbing hold of what God has in store for you.”
First, I must say that Bo Manning – the hero of our story – is quite swoony and seems to be quite the toe-curling kisser! And the fact that he’s an older hero (NOT old) gives his swooniliciousness some maturity which is also quite yummy. He’s also just an all-around good guy, with a tender heart and a close relationship with Jesus. He values Vivian from the moment he meets her and his gentle wooing of her is a sweet picture of Jesus’ pursuit of each of us. (Side note: I love the word ‘wooing’ – it reminds me of Pepe Le Pew)
Vivian has had a lot of heartache in the past few years, and she’s slowly starting to heal. She’s really trying to figure out who she is now and, in many ways, embracing who she’s always wanted to be. Her relationship with her two best friends (one of whom is her sister, the other a woman who shares her faith) is closeknit but not without occasional strain, and like Vivian the other two women are authentically flawed as well. (Also, these two friends as well as a bevy of quirky and endearing characters at Walden Beach have great potential for future books in the series)
It’s not all tragedy-recovery or sweet romance, though. There’s also a healthy dose of humor that may leave you chuckling out loud. Aaron’s corny but hilarious jokes, for instance. Or the neon sign incident – my personal favorite!
Bottom Line: Irresistibly Yours is a sweet story of second-chance romance that also presents a tender picture of Jesus’ pursuit of a relationship with each one of us. Humor and romance share the page with heartfelt emotion and friendship. Bo and Vivian are relatable characters you’ll want as friends (though… did they have to seem so old?? Vivian is only 44, yet I pictured her much older in my mind), and their passel of supporting characters feel like a great group to hang out with as well. The story didn’t necessarily reach out and grab me, but overall it’s a very pleasant read and I’m looking forward to more adventures at Walden Beach!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 3.5 stars / Good read!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion!
Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God.
Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible.
Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.
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