Lucy and Frankie have already met through mutual friends. When he rescues her - literally from a jerk who has approached her. Can Lucy control her urges when she finds herself attracted to the hunky firefighter?
Frankie has suddenly found himself in a position to get to know the elusive Lucy. The more her learns, the hotter the attraction between them fizzles and pops until an explosion is inevitable. Now to convince her what he feels for her is real.
This is a great installment to The Hartigans series. I am finding that each book gets better and better. The family is fun to read about. Each character has their own quirks and personality. It was truly a joy to read each page! I cannot wait for the next book in this incredible series. I give this 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
Spoilers for readers who have not read the Beach House series. You do not want to start with this fifth book since it will spoil events from the prior books.
Wow. This was great. I do wish that Monroe didn't feel the need to always have two female characters to focus on in these books. I was fine with just following along with Cara's story personally. Us shifting back and forth between her and her niece Linnea. Even though I gave this book five stars, I just didn't find myself too engaged with Linnea's romance personally, though I thought it was a nice closing the circle moment for long-time readers. I was just thinking I would love to read a story told from Cara's sister in law's point of view.
It's been three years since Cara Rutledge left Isle of Palms for Tennessee. After the death of her husband Brett, Cara spread her wings to go to someplace that would not have her thinking of him every moment. Now returning home, she has someone new to think about she wants to be around her friends and family. I really can't tell you why Cara returns home, it will end up spoiling things for long-time readers. I can just say though that this was a satisfying conclusion to Cara's story. Cara is a consultant and ends up needing another pair of hands to help her out and thinks of her niece Linnea who is struggling to find a job after graduation.
Monroe once again shows us Cara going through a lot of changes (big and small) at the age of 53 and definitely showing she's older and wiser in this one.
Linnea is dealing with family troubles in this one and is glad to be away from her family home. Her younger brother seems to be going through some things, but her family keeps insisting things are fine.
We revisit other characters like Toy and her family (yes) and we even get characters from her other series (Lowcountry Summer) making appearances so that was pretty cool. We also get to see Heather and how her life has changed in three years since the last book.
The love interest for both women in this one were done very well. I want to applaud Mary Alice Monroe for showing widowhood in a romance novel in a realistic way. For once you didn't have the new love interest acting like a jackass that someone had loved again. And we don't have the heroine acting ashamed of that love. We have Cara still struggling to let go of Brett, but she has someone who is patience and understands what she is going through. And they are not asking her to pretend as if she didn't love someone else or was married before.
The writing was very good and honestly made me want to break open some wine and eat some boiled shrimp. Don't read this book if you are hungry.
The flow was really good in this one from start to finish.
The Isle of Palms is always a great setting. We do have Cara and her family dealing with another Hurricane that threatens everything (why do people live among the beach????) and how they deal with that.
The ending was so good though. The way things ends though you have a feeling this is the last book in the series.
ETA: Just realized this fits St. Andrew's Day! Part of this book takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. Cara and Linnea both go there multiple times in this book.
I was having a bad day yesterday and pretty much did nothing after I got out of bed but sit on the couch. I started this book but couldn't concentrate on reading so I got the audio book. I got out my knitting and tried to relax. It was my husband's birthday so we had planned to go to a movie and dinner. I wished I could have an out-of-body experience because inside my body was not a good one. Too bad I can't move out.
Anyway, I was enjoying the book and I could tell because I wasn't getting much knitting done. I kept finding myself holding my knitting needles paused in front of me while I stared into space, listening. I finished it the same day I started it.
Jean doesn't want to go to her 20 year school reunion where she was to be honored but once they decided to have a memorial for her friend that passed away she couldn't skip it. She had planned to go with her friend when she died in an accident. There are a lot of memories there and she hated to bring them all back to the surface. Several of her classmates had died in accidents and one committed suicide. She also visited the mother of a classmate who had been stabbed in her bed 20 years before. The first day there she was accosted by a pushy teen reporter doing interviews for the school paper and he asked her to look at list of names. She was started to learn that 5 of the girls she used to share a table with during school lunches had died over the past 20 years and there were only 2 of them left. She was shocked when the reported asked if she thought it was odd that they had died in the order they sat at the table. Laura, the next one in the lineup disappears and the other's get worried. She hasn't checked out of her room but it isn't the first time she changed her plans and took off. The other's don't know what to think.
I was really surprised to see so many bad reviews for this book since I loved it. To each his own I guess.