A Man of Honor
(Kingston Family #2)
by Miranda Liasson
Former Army Captain and venture capitalist Preston Guthrie has always had a thing for Cat Kingston, but he never felt like he could date his best friend’s sister. Plus, he’s a wrong-side-of-the-tracks guy and she’s a white-picket-fence kind of woman. Yet when they met again just before he was deployed, sparks flew. A fire ignited. And the heat was hot. For the first time, he thought a relationship with her might be possible…until an injury in the war changed everything…
Journalist Cat Kingston had a rough couple of years, surviving a broken engagement and the loss of her job. But connecting with Preston last fall seemed right. They shared steamy Skype sessions while he was overseas—until he was wounded, and cut her off without explanation. Now he’s back in town to be the Best Man for her sister’s wedding…and she wants answers.
Preston’s struggling with a leg wound, but the war scarred him on the inside, too. When Cat pays him a surprise visit and her brother catches them in a compromising position, Preston tells him they’re dating. He’s not sure how he can spend the entire wedding week fake-dating her when the chemistry between them feels anything but…
She would get over Preston Guthrie. He’d invaded her blood like malaria, a cyclic, rebounding fever she’d suffered with on and off for years.
Their connection, at least for her, had been shocking, charged with more joules than a defibrillator paddle. And just as short-lived…
Her grandmother Amelia, or Grandmeel as the family all called her, was an obstinate, demanding perfectionist from the Old South, who still called the Civil War “the War of Northern Aggression.”
Robert seemed like nothing more than a mosquito bite compared to the total body-and-soul devastation wreaked by Hurricane Preston.
A Man of Honor was an angsty on again, off again, on again, what are they again amusement park ride – which are among my least favorite tropes, although I know other readers eat that up like the cotton candy and funnel cakes sold at those same amusement parks. Cat and Preston had both had semi-secret crushes for several years with neither one acknowledging their attraction or making a move. This family really doesn’t communicate well. When they finally did connect, the poor man was shipped out, injured, and traumatized during a tour of Afghanistan, with the inner person being just as damaged as his shattered knee. Preston may have been brave in business and battle, but a complete and total idiot about his feelings and a coward about relationships. His dishonesty and waffling became more than a bit tedious, I itched for someone to administer clarity via well-placed pinches or several old lady slaps to the back of his head. I enjoyed the familial exchanges, amusing wit, and super steamy love scenes during those pleasant yet all too brief periods when Preston had removed his cranium from his lower orifice, although he did redeem himself with a creative flourish at the end.
Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about everyday people who find love despite themselves because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and an Amazon bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small–town romances have won accolades such as the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.
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