I really enjoyed this book. I do love a big, grouchy guy that falls hard for the girl. And I really loved that Melody, our heroine, was so focused on making sure she could take care of herself. I understand that. When you've been dependent on a man for any length of time, I think you end up doing the exact opposite when things don't work out. And for her, it REALLY didn't work out.
Clay's used to being alone and when Mel shows him a simple kindness he realizes just how dark and lonely his world has become. They both strengthen as people the more they fall in love. Mz. Moon does it so slowly and sweetly in such small ways. It's filled with hard lessons and a love that makes this reader want to believe that's out there for all of us.
The only thing that held this back to a 5 star was the southern slang dialogue. I understood it suited the majority of the characters, but I don't think it needed to be used for everyone. A small qualm, but it kept nagging at me by the time I hit the end of the book.