Series: Fate Harbor, 3
Author: Caitlyn O’Leary
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F/M
Word Count: 83,768
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Five years ago, Kara Johansen met and fell in love with brothers Ben and Quinn Shotbrook while on vacation with her fire fighter brothers in Sitka, Alaska. They planned to marry, when tragedy struck the Shotbrook family, leaving the brothers to care for their mother and younger brothers again. They sent Kara back home to Fate Harbor, Washington, promising that one day they would reunite.
Years later, Kara has made the decision that she wants to marry and start a family of her own. She has put away her dreams of ever being with Ben and Quinn and instead focuses on men who are available to her here and now. Her meddling brothers inform Ben and Quinn of her plans. The brothers Shotbrook rush to Fate Harbor to do whatever it takes to reclaim the woman they never stopped loving. Has too much changed between them to save their love?
Claiming Kara by Caitlyn O’Leary is third in the Fate Harbor series. While it can be read as a standalone you will better appreciate the subtleties have read prior stories in the series. Kara has come from a loving family and while on working vacation she found more than expected. She wasn’t looking for what her parents had she was just looking for a holiday fling but what she got was Ben and Quinn. Quinn and later Ben helped raise their younger siblings and dreamed a sharing a wife never thinking it would be possible but with Kara the hopes and dreams can be a reality. Only tragedy hits the Shotbrook family and the brothers make a decision without consulting the woman they want a future with. Kara fights for her men but when they fail to hear her, she knows that she must find a way to move forward. Now that Kara has moved on will the brothers regain the heart they were careless with?
This story was packed full of emotion and despair. Ms. O’Leary showed that sometimes love just isn’t enough. Kara was a strong woman. She gave her heart and soul to Quinn and Ben. She tried to understand and be supportive. She fought for her future until she realized that the future she was fighting for wasn’t one she wanted. She then set out to get the future she wanted even if love was no longer a possibility. But when the men of her heart were finally ready to hear her was she willing to give them yet another chance?
Ben knew that he was risking the woman of his heart but a lifetime of following his brother’s lead is a hard habit to break. When he sees just how broken Kara is, he realizes that he can’t depend on his brother alone he too must stand up for the woman he loves and the relationship built on equal footing. Quinn is the most tortured of the trio. He is use to taking on all the responsibility and leaning on no one. He has had to with the death of his father but learning to lean on not only his brother but his woman is a hard lesson, especially when his family can’t seem to catch a break.
With all those issue Ms. O’Leary still managed to weave a tale that taught while leading us through the journey. It wasn’t preachy while showing the growth necessary for Ben, Kara and Quinn to become a stronger trio. This is the best of this series by far and I look forward to where Ms. O’Leary will take us next.
Five Shooting Stars