Catherine Davenport Carlton needs a break. After dedicating her life to her political-minded family, shocking scandals from the past have shaken her to her core. Summer in the quiet town of Dyersport, Maine, is just what she needs, especially with a super-hot neighbor right next door…who’s none other than Brody Hollister, the boy she fell in love with as a teen. Cat wants nothing more than to pick up right where they left off eighteen years ago, but she’s still haunted by a terrible secret that could devastate Brody.
Brody Hollister spent years pining over Cat Davenport. They met young and loved passionately—until she disappeared from his life. Now she’s back, as spirited and beautiful as ever. But while Brody is determined to help Cat free herself from her family’s drama, his own family may be hiding something that could ruin their rekindled romance for good.
In Book Two of the Davenports romance series, sex and politics collide…with passionate results.
If I knew how awesome this book was going be, I would’ve started with the first book. It wasn’t until after I read this book that I saw it was the second book in the series. I’m not sure how much of the preceding book or how it transitions into this one of the details we would’ve missed but I need to check out the first one. As far as I’m concerned, Caught In The Act, really gives you a great grasp of the story’s past and present but you never know.
Considering I grew up a serial soap opera viewer, they had nothing on the family drama in this book. Trust me when I say there was never a dull moment. I wasn’t expecting the drama that played out but it made one awesome read. Everything that you could want in a juicy novel dealing with a prominent family that included love, betrayal, lies, secrets and every other flaw out there oozed out of the pages.
Without giving away the details, I will give you the framework of the families involved first. We first have the Davenports. I will say they have the influence of the Kennedys. There is Emma Davenport, the mother and her husband who has been deceased. They have strong roots personally and politically in the community. Their clan includes their children Catherine, JP, and Bennett. Then we have the Hollisters’ which include Brody and his mother Annabelle. Finally, we have the not so liked Harrisons which include Thomas and his father Arthur. There is more to this dynamic but I will leave you to read all about that in the book because you have to read it to believe it.
So, the book primary centers around Catherine and Brody. There are subplots that blend into their storylines but if I had to narrow the major aspects of the book, it would be centered around their past and present. So, the story centers around a small town called Dyersport in Maine. Catherine, also known as Cat, decides that she has had enough with everything going on with her family scandals and needs a quiet place to relax for the summer. Trying to keep her presence low, she decided to rent a beach house rather than stay at the family compound. Her summer is starting to look really bright as she starts to take interest in her very attractive neighbor. Funny how time passes and you don’t recognize people but unbeknownst to her she has no idea that the person that she has been ogling will unleash a past that she thought was tucked away.
When an unexpected encountered comes and she finds out who her mystery jogger is, the one she stalked everyday with her binoculars, little did she know it was her lost love Brody. They met as teenagers and you will learn when you read the book what happened to them and why this moment is so major. You know that feeling as if you ever had the chance to be in this situation what would you do, well they’re here but have some major secrets that rock this book cover to the end. Since she only has a couple of weeks until her kids arrive, attempting to reconnect as friends, they decide to engage in a noncommittal little fling. Did they really think that could happen considering their past? Also, the fact that Cat asked Brody to keep it hush hush not wanting to bring on anymore unwanted scandals to the press…um how do you think that went over? Not only ignited some issues from the past that have slowly simmered what was to come.
Just like any family, you have your secrets but these people really take that to another level. The book sort of takes a life on its’ own from here. There are so many other major aspects to the storyline that tie into including all the families collectively and independent. You have Cat and Brody who have an unsettled past with questions unanswered from both sides. Little did they know there was interference but as they get their answers it comes at what cost? They always say if it is true love it will come back but does it? Then there is Cat’s mother. She is a very driven, competitive person that stops at no expense to save face and get what she wants, even at the expense of her family. She has some heavy secrets of her own that not only open pandora’s box but it affects the dynamics of her whole family.
There’s so many great aspects of this book that make this such an awesome read to put on your summer reading list. It’s so hard to go into to many details because I don’t want to ruin the book because the way she wrote this book was like a puzzle that perfectly fit each piece. It’s a fun, drama filled ride that will satisfy all that you could crave in a page turner. The characters are great, the plot is infectious and definitely one that you won’t forget!
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Series: The Davenports
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance (January 27, 2015)