My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Katy and Dayne are preparing for their wedding. They’re determined to keep it a secret from the paparazzi, and they have a plan. Will they be able to keep things a secret? Will their wedding be a huge photo event?
Meanwhile, the Flanigan family is struggling with their young boarder, Cody. He is the star receiver on the high school football team, and loves to party. After an alcohol overdose, Cody is in the hospital fighting for his life. Will he change his ways or will alcohol control his life forever?
This was a fun book to read. It is beginning to transition some focus to the Flanigan family, but it is totally a Baxter book and story. The wedding planning and wedding for Dayne and Katy are fun, and I am loving John’s storyline right now. Here are some quick thoughts on each of the point of view characters:
Katy: She shines here in the wedding planning and merging her life with Dayne. Her future is unclear, but whatever it is will have Dayne as a major part of it. She’s come a long way from the character that I found so annoying and not in control of her own mind in the first few books that I saw her in.
John: He has finally accepted that Elaine is a part of his life. He is finally ready to move on, and he is beginning some tentative steps to make Elaine a part of his life. It’s sweet and romantic, and I have completely enjoyed this story arc.
Bailey: She’s really jealous of the time that her parents are spending dealing with Cody’s problems. She’s a good girl, but she doesn’t understand how boys are and she could get herself into quite a lot of trouble if she isn’t careful. Here she deals with a smooth talker, and it takes her quite some time to realize that his sweet words aren’t true.
Jenny: Jenny is struggling a little in this book. She thinks things with Bailey are more under control than they really are. She worries over the possibility that they might move with Jim’s coaching career, and she feels a growing distance with Bailey that bothers her.
Jim: He has to make some tough decisions with his players and with the culture of alcohol abuse that is going on beneath his watch. He worries about how it will affect his job, but he has a history that includes a tragedy with alcohol that he really must share with his players to try to keep them from undergoing the same heartache.
Dayne: He’s got plans for a wedding, plans for having his wife act with him and a joy at seeing his life so normal. He loves being a part of the Baxter family, and his emotional stability in this novel is a huge payoff that readers of this series have been waiting for.
Ashley: She’s here, but she’s not a huge player. She is shown in scenes of motherhood, as a supportive friend, and is excited over a surprise bit of good news towards the end of the book.
So, that about does it for this book. It is not one with a whole lot of drama in it, and other than Cody’s overdose and Dayne and Katy’s wedding, the plot does not really advance. Still it’s a very fun and satisfying read!