This book allows a glimpse into the lives of Madison McKinley and Beckett O’Reilly. The two have known each other since their school days. Beckett had a reputation for being the bad boy and Madison was a picture of perfection. While Beckett came from a broken home, Madison seemed liked she had it all. Although behind every picture of perfection there is often hidden pain. Madison tragically lost her twin brother and while everyone else seems to have gone on with their lives she cannot seem to get past the pain. She desperately wants the nightmares to stop and she believes that by fulfilling her brother’s dream of winning the town’s regatta that she can finally move on. When Madison wins boating lessons at an auction she is both scared and excited to embark on this adventure of competing in the regatta. However, plans change when her instructor is unable to fulfill his commitment and she is forced to learn from Beckett O’Reilly. Beckett will do anything to help Madison win this race as he has kept his feelings for her buried as he believed someone like her could never be interested in him. As the boating lessons begin the chemistry between them is undeniable. Will a secret that Beckett has kept for years tear them apart?
Denise Hunter has written a beautiful love story with all the emotions and flaws of real life. Two hurting people fall in love and have to figure out their way through the twists and turns in life. I really enjoyed this story and found the characters to be very relatable. I look forward to reading the second book in the series called Dancing with Fireflies coming in April 2014.
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