Braeden Scott is a coast guard officer who loves his carefree lifestyle and his sailboat: 'The Trouble with Redheads'. He's recently been assigned a post in a quaint little town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It's an assignment he's not looking forward to, until he meets up with Amelia Duer. Amelia has sacrificed a lot for her family; caring for her dad, keeping the family business going, as well as parenting her nephew, Max. She's set aside her dreams for their sake. When Braeden and Amelia first meet sparks fly. She knows what coasties are like and she is not getting involved again. Braeden knows red heads are trouble, as his boat name implies. Marriage is not for him. But as Braeden spends more time with Amelia, he begins to realize there is more to her than meets the eye. He begins to picture hearth and home with this special lady. He also begins to see why she loves this little village and the folks in it so much. As Amelia spends time with Braeden she begins to see how Braeden cares and interacts with her and Max; his kind, gentle and teasing ways make her think that dreams maybe can come true. She begins to realize he's not like the other coasties. But troubled waters lie ahead. Will their faith and relationship be strong enough to see them through?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I felt like I was by the sea and could hear the waves crashing against the shore. The folks you'll meet quickly find their way into your heart. Braeden was my favorite kind of hero. A self-confident guy with a heart of gold, yet not perfect. Amelia was likable but very frustrating. She had some real issues with self-esteem and fear, but as frustrating as Amelia was, I could totally understand why she was like that and easily relate to some of the things she dealt with. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction and romantic tension between Amelia and Braeden. There were plenty of sigh-worthy moments. Max is a boy who will definitely win your heart with his antics. The story is a great reminder that we need to have faith instead of fear; trust that God knows best. Alright then, grab your deck shoes and suntan lotion and sail away to Virginia's Eastern Shore and see for yourself, what the Coast Guard Courtship is all about.
*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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