Maybe We Should
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: November 2, 2021
Book #2 in the Silver Harbor series
Part of the larger Love in Bloom series
Number of Pages: 315
Source: Pre-ordered through Amazon
Ages 16 and up
CW: child abuse, domestic abuse, alcoholism, near drowning
After spending years wondering who she was, tattoo artist Cait Weatherby finally found her answers on the sandy shores of Silver Island. With two half sisters she never knew existed, a group of friends she adores, and a devastatingly charming admirer who flirts with her at every turn, she’s ready to figure out her next steps. The trouble is, Cait lives in the shadows of a dark past, and she can’t afford complications that might cause her to lose the family she’s only just found—complications like blue-eyed boatbuilder Brant Remington, who is as open as she is guarded. If only the sexy charmer would take the hint…
Brant is Cait’s opposite in every way, but he’s drawn to everything about the sexy newcomer—from the quiet strength that rivals the caution in her mossy-green eyes to her tough facade that he can’t wait to strip away.
As Brant works his magic, Cait’s walls come down. But as sweet as that feels, Cait knows how quickly good things can turn bad. It’s going to take more than a little trust to beat the ghosts of her past and claim the future they both deserve.
From the moment Cait and Brant met in Maybe We Will, I knew they’d have a great story. Cait having a connection to the Wickeds automatically makes her a character I’m going to want to know and will most definitely love. You just know she’s good people. Brant is confident bordering on cocky, but he is a beloved resident of Silver Harbor and nobody has a bad word to say about him. Not even any of his exes. Making him the perfect match to relationship-shy Cait.
While Brant has had ups and downs in his life, Cait had a tragic upbringing. It has made her a very strong and independent person, but she doesn’t let anyone in even when she should. You can’t blame her; she’s been burned more than once. Often by people she should have been able to trust wholeheartedly. And while she’s really picked herself up by her bootstraps and made a good life for herself, she’s still letting her past dictate her future. She may have been content with her life, but she wasn’t happy and still didn’t feel totally safe. When the opportunity to have happiness, safety, and love come into her life she is not sure how to deal.
Brant is so patient and understanding. In some ways he reminds me of characters from different paranormal romance books I read. It’s like he knows that Cait is meant to be with him so he has infinite patience to let her find her way to the same conclusion. As though they are fated mates. He’s persistent but not pushy.
I enjoyed how the author had Brant and Cait straddle both worlds in which Cait lives, and finding that Brant has some connections to Cait’s “other” world was fun. Once again, I felt as though the author got a bit bogged down here and there with explaining connections from her other stories. I still maintain that getting too detailed on these other characters is not necessary for her avid readers and may turn off her new readers. It wasn’t too overwhelming, but something that I still felt messed with the story flow.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Overboard (the original movie starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell) inspired scene that had me so overjoyed. It comes later in the book and had me totally picturing Cait wearing a fancy dress even though that’s not what she was wearing. But it was just such a perfect Overboard moment that’s where my imagination took me.
I’m always looking forward to this author’s next book each time I finish the current book, so it’s no surprise I’m chomping at the bit for the next in this series. Deirdra has me super curious and I’m just hoping the sparks between her and the younger Jagger Jones are going to be the focus of that story. He’s intriguing and laid back, she’s tense and driven. They will be so much fun together!