"Rachel Lacey is a sure-fire star."
Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author
YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST LOVE
Jessica Flynn can't wait to buy up that patch of unspoiled North Carolina woodland next door and expand her spa. What could be more sensuous than a hot-tub soak under the stars? Jessica would love to bask in the romantic view herself-but first she needs to find the right man to join her in this fantasy. Back in high school, she thought that was the dark and brooding Mark Dalton. But then he left to join the Special Forces, and when he returned to town, it felt like their teenage love affair had never even happened.
Mark Dalton has his eye on the same property for his own business. Yet there's something he wants to have even more. Because Jessica is sweeter than he remembered, and he's finding it hard to resist his attraction to the competition. When they finally find themselves alone, deep in the forest, nature can't help but run a little wild. But if she ever finds out what he's been hiding all these years, she may never forgive him...
Risking it All series:
Run to You
Crazy for You
Can't Forget You
About the Author
Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once in awhile a first love burns so strong that it's ever-lasting ... and this book gives a great story detailing such a situation. It's sweet, it's sexy, it's emotionally charged! If you've read the earlier books in this series, you'll recognize most of the key players and will get an update on some of our favorite couples from the past. The storyline is well-developed with enough strife to keep us on pins and needles about whether they will be able to make a relationship work, but also a great amount of friendship, love and overall general warmth that makes for a close-knit cast of characters. I really enjoyed it! Spa owner Jessica Flynn is excited to put in an offer on the newly listed piece of property adjacent to her spa! She's been dreaming of expanding for years, and her opportunity is finally here. She feels like she's walking around in the clouds until trouble is brought to her attention ... the guys at Off-the-Grid Adventures want the property too, and none other than her high school sweetheart himself, Mark Dalton, is standing there with her realtor trying to burst her bubble! It might have been years since he left Haven, NC, but Mark is still just as attracted to Jessica as he was the day he left her to join the Army. She has basically acted like he doesn't exist for the last year since he's been back in town, but now she's being forced to interact with him. He knows he hurt her, and he also knows he's not the type of man she needs if she's looking to settle down ... but man, the sparks that tear through him at the slightest touch of her hand tell him he needs to convince her to live it up with him a little!
This was a great book in the Risking It All series. I couldn't wait to read this one & read it in one sitting! I've been wanting to read their story ever since meeting Mark & Jess in Run to You. Mark & Jess were high school sweethearts til he broke her heart. Mark & Jess are both interested in the same land to expand their businesses-Mark with his friends Ethan & Ryan who want to expand their outdoor adventure business & Jess, her spa. Mark is a former special ops soldier, who is more of a loner & has always kept things in, not sharing. Jess still felt the chemistry they used to share but wants to be let in. This was a great second chance romance, nice to see how they had to change & grow as people. It was also great to see the other couples & characters from the series. I also loved the rescue dog Bear.
Mark, the son of a mom who abandoned him at six years old, grew up a very angry child. His mom dropped him off at school with a note in his back pack, never to return. While bouncing around various foster homes, Mark meets Ryan and Ethan. The trio become "brothers". In high school, Mark meets and falls for Jessica. Wanting what's best for Jessica, her dad decides to have a talk with Mark with hopes of steering him in the right direction. Mark takes the advice to heart and enlists leaving Jessica to suffer her first broken heart. Fast forward several years.....the band of brothers are in business together running an outdoors adventure zip lining course, rock climbing area, etc. Looking to expand their business by adding a mountain bike trail, they put in an offer to purchase the land next to them. Little did they know there were other interested parties... Jessica always had dreams of opening her own spa with hot springs. When the land beside her goes up for sale, she places a bid. The bidding war begins. After losing the final bid, Jessica concedes and believes her dreams are lost forever. Days later, she's approached by Mark with a joint venture. Mark suggests they go in together so they can top the other buyer's offer. Mark suggests they divide up the land and they will both get what they want. Jessica reluctantly agrees. As Jessica and Mark work together to build their dreams, they can't deny they still have strong feelings for each other. When Jessica is confronted with a health scare, Mark is right there by her side. He vows to help her and convince her he's a different man than the boy who left years ago. But he will makes mistakes... This is the third in the Risking It All series and my favorite novel yet!!! I loved it! The chemistry was off the charts. Mark was broody, but sexy. Silent, but charming. He was supportive without being too pushy. The ultimate Alpha! As a RN, I also enjoyed the medical illness theme. While I wouldn't wish an illness on anyone, it's great to educate others concerning various medical conditions. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Can’t Forget You is the third and final book in Rachel Lacey’s Risking it All Series. As with any good final book, there are lots of opportunities to catch up with previously characters. I especially loved seeing Sam and Carley spend so much time in Haven. While it starts with Jessica and the guys from Off-the-Grid Adventures, represented somewhat ironically by Mark, competing for the same piece of property, it soon moves past that into the idea of second chances and learning how to open up and let people in. Jessica takes the lead to teach Mark what being in a relationship looks like and how two people can work successfully together for the benefit of both. Though Mark has things to learn, he does jump into the role of supportive partner rather fast. His issues are more deep rooted and relate to letting people in, as opposed to supporting others as they achieve their dreams. I have loved this series since the beginning. I’m sad to see it end, but watching Mark and Jessica make their way back to each other was the best ending. Start at the beginning, it’s more fun that way, but definitely dive right in. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
After an injury puts an end to his military career Mark returns home to North Carolina to make his dream of co-owning an outdoor adventure business with his buddies a reality, but shortly after arriving in town he learns that someone else also has plans for the land he has his eye on. A very sweet and sexy someone, a someone that use to have claim on his heart, his ex-high school sweetheart Jessica. Seeing her again brings up a lot of old feelings, some regrets, and some serious chemistry...but is he ready to travel down that road with her again? Jessica Flynn loves the life that she has created for herself in her little North Carolina town, her spa business is booming, and she has some ideas for an expansion, but before that can happen she has to battle her ex for the sweet spot of land to build it on. Seeing him again has brought up a lot of old memories, and some serious sparks, but Mark is a different man than he use to be, and she isn't so sure she is ready to deal with this new Mark. But when their businesses throw them together and they begin to spend a whole lot more time with one another, she begins to see glimpses of the man she use to know, and she begins to think maybe, just maybe, a second chance for them is possible... Can't Forget You is a enchanting and sweet second chance romance story that is sure to score a place in your heart! When life throws these two ex-lovebirds together things start to get a little heated, and they begin to remember how much they miss one another, but as with all relationships they both have some serious baggage to sort out before they can have their love reboot. Their road to rediscovering the love they once shared has many bumps, but little by little they begin to sort things out, and create some fun little encounters for readers to enjoy along the way! I am really enjoying this new series from Ms. Lacey, these wonderfully crafted characters of hers sure know how to put on an enjoyable show, and make my heart happy! Highly recommend you make a trip to North Carolina and meet the folks of the Risking It All series, once you arrive you'll never want to leave!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
This is a story that pulls at the heartstrings when reading it. A great book to read on a cold and rainy weekend or really any time.