Published by Hqn on June 19th 2018
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Although this book is number eight in a series, it worked very well as a standalone novel for me. I really did not feel as if I was missing any information or any backstory on any of the characters. This book also works as a great book for summer reading! Obviously this book is a romance but it also contains a mystery as well.
Not only does Megan Hamilton own the Cottages on Silver beach but she also lives in one of them as well. Living on the premises is helpful when crisis arises or there is a staff shortage. Plus, it gives her lots of opportunity to engage in her passion -photography. One evening she is relaxing on her porch with her dog Curly, when a car pulls up and out walks Elliott Bailey. She knew he was renting one of her cottages but didn’t know he would be staying in the cottage next to hers. Megan and Elliot are not strangers to each other. Megan dated his younger brother and Elliott used to be best friends with her brother. Megan is not too happy to see Elliot and yet she is drawn to his smoldering good looks and attitude.
Elliot Bailey is an FBI agent and Author who has come back into town to finish working on his book, recuperate from an injury, and attend a family event. Plus, Elliot has been secretly harboring feelings for Megan for years. He tried to avoid her when she was dating his younger brother then when his friendship with her brother went south, he accepted that he and Megan would never be a couple. He had no idea that being so close to Megan would be so difficult yet intoxicating. Being near her brings his feelings for her to the surface, plus it reminds him of his lost friendship with her brother.
While both get to know each other again, we also get to know the other characters in the book as well. There is a lot more going on in the book, but I believe Curly the pug stole the show! This was a light romance with characters dealing with real life issues. I say light because this book is not steamy, nor does it have any sex scenes. I enjoyed how the two main characters got to know each other again and worked through their “issues”. With romance books, it’s a no-brainer that the two main characters are going to get together, but it is the journey on how they get there. I enjoyed these two characters journey and what I enjoyed most of all was that this book did not feel rushed. My biggest complaint about romance books is the rushed endings – where the characters tip toe around each other, have angst, misunderstandings, etc.,. the entire book to suddenly declare their love and have a rushed wedding all in three paragraphs (I’m exaggerating a little here – but I hate rushed endings). This book had a natural flow to it and never felt rushed or slow. I really enjoyed this book and thought this makes a perfect beach read. Plus, due to it not having any explicit sex scenes or graphic language, this book should appeal to a wide array of readers.
Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.