This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for At Last
Date of Review: 06/16/12
As we return to Lucky Harbor for the latest adventure, the expectation and anticipation builds. The other books in the series are so delightful that one can only hope this story lives up to its predecessors. Fear not, it does and then some. I think this one just might be my favorite so far in the series.
Amy Michaels has lived a hard life. She doesn’t talk about it, but it is written all over her face when she gives you one of those “mess with me and I will kick your ass” looks. Fortunately for Amy, things seem to be looking up. She has a job as a waitress at the Eat Me diner and two great friends that she shares a love of chocolate with. Amy still feels like something is missing so she sets off to trace the journey her grandmother took through the mountains surrounding Lucky Harbor. Amy hopes to find some of the hope, peace and heart that her grandmother claims to have found. Maybe this will help her to feel like she finally has a place to call home where she fits.
What Amy doesn’t expect is to get lost on her first voyage to find Sierra Meadows and to have her best friend, Mallory, send out hunky forest ranger Matt Bowers to rescue her. Amy is trying to ignore the feelings she has whenever Matt comes into the diner or is around her. Now she has to face him while looking like an idiot.
Matt knows that Amy doesn’t want to admit that she needs help. He also knows that more than anything he wants her in his bed. He just has to find a way to help her let down her guard a little bit. Not that it is easy for him. He left Chicago after his own life went to hell and is trying to find his way back from that. Getting the chance to spend time with Amy is just what he was looking for.
What follows is the story of two people trying to learn how to love and trust one another. Each of them have baggage and they know it. They are not trying to hide who they are from the other, but trying to find a way to share what they feel comfortable with. Amy and Matt are so used to relying on only themselves that having another person in their lives makes both of them leery.
Added to their own emotional journey is the fact that Matt finds a teenage runaway in the woods and has to find some way to help this young girl. Amy sees too much of herself in the young girl to stand back and do nothing. Then there are the typical things that a forest ranger has to deal with including teenage boys who want to show off.
I loved everything about this book from the way Amy is tracing her grandmother’s footsteps to the building relationship between she and Matt. These characters feel authentic. They struggle to build a relationship. It doesn’t happen for them overnight with all their problems disappearing. It is a real relationship that the readers can relate to.
This should be on everyone’s must read for the summer! I can’t wait to return to Lucky Harbor for Grace’s story.