As a wildlife photographer, Journey “JJ” Sutton never stays in one place too long. The world is his classroom, and he’s living his dream. His only regret is that he had to sacrifice the love of his life to do it. But as the saying goes, you can never go home again. That’s until there’s a family emergency, and he has to…well, go home again. His easy breezy lifestyle gets complicated fast. It certainly doesn’t help that his ex-fiancé has bought the house next door.
After an unstable childhood, Cameron Foster loves small-town life. He has everything he needs in his vet practice, his friends, and his animals. Despite what numerous exes seem to think, he’s not still in love with Journey. And so what if they add “benefits” to their friendship? As long as he keeps his heart out of the equation, everything should be fine.
Too bad Journey’s not onboard with that plan. With summer ending, he has to convince Cameron that this is more than just a fling. This time around, he knows what he wants. He wants a second chance. He wants forever. Most of all, he wants Cameron’s heart.
Journey may have put away his passport, but things are just getting interesting.
Rating: Narration – B-; Content – B-
I confess that I initially thought Coddiwomple was a made-up word, but it turns out it isn’t! It means “to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination”, and it’s the perfect title for this second chance romance in which a globetrotting photographer comes back to the home town – and the man – he left years before only to discover that life has a way of bringing you back to where you’re supposed to be.
For well over a decade, Journey Sutton – usually known as JJ – has travelled the world, making a name for himself (and a good living) as a wildlife photographer. It’s what he’d always dreamed of; living an unencumbered life away from the small Florida town of Coral Cove and the family responsibilities that had been dumped on him at a young age, following the death of his mother and his father’s descent into alcoholism – and he has no regrets. Well, maybe one. The man he left behind. The man he’d planned to marry.
Cameron Foster likes his life as a small-town veterinarian, although his love life hasn’t been quite as successful. After a childhood and adolescence spent moving from place to place as his father collected and discarded wives (!) Cameron was finally able to put down roots and gain some stability when he went to live with his stepmother Rosy. Falling in love and planning to make a life with the man he loved was just the icing on the cake – until it wasn’t, and JJ left town to follow his dream.
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