Callie had a huge crush on Tanner in high school but she was just the smart girl that did the football players homework. Her parents loved each other deeply but they just never paid much attention to her. Her grandma Lucille was the only one that ever saw who she was. Then she fell in love with the boy across the street but he left her at the altar. She left Lucky Harbor and moved to San Francisco.
Now she's back to take care of her grandma. Tanner moved back awhile ago. His ex-wife and son came back to town recently.
One morning, Callie was having coffee and doughnuts at Leah's bakery. Tanner came in and asked to sit with her. She started crushing on him again. This became a regular thing - them meeting at the bakery until she ran into her ex and humiliated herself. She hid out for a bit and Tanner brought her breakfast. He kissed her and wow what a kiss it was. This eventually led to more but Callie held herself back, telling Tanner that she wanted benefits without being friends. He accepted it.
But she fell in love with his 15 year old son Troy. Troy would talk to her about things he did not tell his dad. They never spent much time together because Tanner was in the Navy when Troy was born and then when he got out he worked in the Gulf on oil rigs. Troy's mother divorced tanner shortly after Troy was born
Both Tanner and Callie have feelings for each other but are afraid to spill it. Will they and be happy forever?
I loved this book. Only one story to go and this series will be finished!
From the author:
As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It’s that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she’s sworn off love . . .
Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past-and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he’s still paying for his own mistakes? It’s hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there’s something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she-and his son-deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?
“I’m off men, you know.”
“Yeah. I know.” Tanner pulled Callie in, hard against his body.
She took two handfuls of his shirt. For balance, she told herself. But the truth was, she wanted to put her hands on him. He looked down on her face for another second, his brown eyes soft but full of intent as he slowly lowered his head.
He paused, eyes on hers.
She had her hands over his heart and could feel the beating beneath her palms. Slow. Steady.
The opposite of hers, of course.
“I…can’t remember what I was going to say.”
His eyes were smiling into hers. “So I can continue?”
She cleared her throat and nodded. “Carry on,” she whispered.
He started with a brush of his lips against one corner of her mouth, a butterfly touch. And then the other corner.
She heard a soft sound, an almost whimper, and realized it was her. He slowly sank his fingers into her hair, and she melted. No other word for it, her bones just melted clean away. And then he proceeded to kiss the living daylights out of her…