I’m not the only one from my Alaskan small town asking themselves that question. But I’m positive, I’m the only one in Sunrise Bay undressing the pretty blonde in my head. Everything about her, from her make-up to her high heels says she’s a fish out of water.
Whispers and speculations run rampant until the secret of who she is gets uncovered. Then the rumor mill goes into overdrive when she announces she’s staying to open a bookstore in the building next to mine—throwing a big wrench into my plans to buy that empty building.
I quickly find myself in a tug-of-war since my business partner/brother is upset she’s ruined the opportunity to expand our business. I try to keep my distance, but I’ve got one sister with a gossip column on the local radio station and two meddling grandmas setting me up as a tour director.
And now I kind of like the idea of our new neighbor staying. But small-town life isn’t for the weak—time will tell if she has what it takes to be one of us.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
There’s much more to the story, of course, because Cade and Presley start a no-strings fling and soon both catch feelings. She wasn’t looking for a relationship — she’s setting up a new business, dealing with a family issue and completely uprooted her life as a result. And Cade is kind of a commitaphobe who is afraid to get attached to people and be left behind, a scar he carries from his mom’s death when he was a kid. But the friends with benefits relationship they embark on soon turns more serious than either of them expect — but will Cade let his fears cause him to make a mistake he’ll always regret?
There’s a nice story arc with Cade and Presley’s relationship, and I loved the scene where she stands up for herself after he ghosts her! She was not about to let him walk all over her! There’s great growth on Cade’s side as he comes to terms with how he’s treated her and he grapples to deal with his demons.
The constant clarification of who is a stepbrother or stepsister kind of irked me after a while. It’s clear that this is a big blended family, and we are supposed to believe that they get along well, for the most part. I found the constant “step” annoying after a while, and didn’t think that it was necessary to draw attention to that as often as it was.
If you read the Bailey series, you know all about that family’s G’ma Dori and how she played matchmaker for her grandkids. Now Dori is giving her pal Ethel a hand in marrying off Ethel’s group of 10 blended grandkids. These two ladies and their friends at the retirement village are a hoot! That charades game that Cade and Presley get sucked into was hysterical! There are a few cameos by some of the Bailey kids, which was a nice wink for readers that know that series, but the Greenes are a group all of their own. I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series… especially Adam’s estranged wife having amnesia?? Holy moly! There is a free prequel novella setting up this series about how Hank and Marla got together, which is definitely worth checking out for the backstory.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Meet Piper Rayne
We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books.
We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink.
We’re both chauffeurs to our kids.