This is the 8th book in the Hunters series by Stacy Claflin. It’s currently on sale, but will go up to regular price soon so make sure to check it out before then.
The story follows Haley and Sullivan’s romance in Enchantment Bay. Like the previous books, this is a very mild love story that progresses very quickly. Haley leaves Enchantment Bay right after graduation to get away from an abusive father and has not returned until now. Her father passed away years before, but she had no desire to return until her mother asks for help watching her younger sister while she helps an older aunt sell her house and move into a retirement community. Sullivan never left and has now taken over the towns real estate business. The two have known each other since grade school and reunite when Haley comes back into town. Unfortunately for Sullivan, Haley is a realtor as well and he gets upset that he now has competition. While they build their relationship, Haley has her past that she’s trying to overcome and Sullivan has anger issues that he needs to work on. My major complaint with this book, is that Haley is so scarred by her abusive father that she overreacts to many little issues with Sullivan. But she never stops to think about the guy she’s falling in love with has a HUGE anger problem. We’re talking, he’s known throughout the town for this! Even though Claflin does a fairly good job of showing that Sullivan would never take his anger out on Haley, it left me wondering how long until he can’t control himself around her and how sad it is that Haley picked a man that has the same issues as the father that tortured her growing up. This didn’t feel like a romance to me, it seemed more like a representation of the sad cycle that so many woman fall victim to when they grow up in a home with an abusive father. I hope that the next book is more romance and less sad reality.