Release Date: May 12, 2020
𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐥 𝐎𝐜𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐚 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐞.
The loss of her parents took her from Carmel Cove and the loss of her grandfather brought her back. Unexpectedly inheriting the shambles of her family’s coffee shop, her first instinct is to run. 𝘈𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭, 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦.
So, Laurel makes a plan: fix up the business, sell it, and get out of town. And it would’ve been perfect… if the building hadn’t come with a condition: a stubborn, broody, and distractingly sexy contractor.
Eli Downing made a promise to look after Laurel, and offering to repair the coffeeshop is just the start. He’s not going anywhere whether she likes it or not. And for as many walls as she pays him to fix, he’s determined to tear down the same from around her hardened heart.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐥 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐧. To her family’s legacy. To her loyal hometown. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵.
Unfortunately, Carmel has only given Laurel one outcome she can rely on. And when loss draws another line in the sand, 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦?
This one was emotional. Laurel has lost a lot of people, and the loss of her grandfather is what brings her back to her hometown. Eli’s character is really wonderful and the chemistry is really enticing, which helped because Laurel isn’t exactly lovable in her grief at times (which is totally understandable). I think this is a beautiful journey of life, loss, and grief. Sharp weaves a alluring tale with depth and feeling.
Thank you to Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Dr. Rebecca Sharp, while using a pen name, is actually a doctor living in Pennsylvania with her husband – the love of her life.
She enjoys working in her practice with her father as well as letting her creativity run free as an author. Growing up she’s always loved a good love story and finally decided to give writing one of her own a go.
After graduating with her doctoral degree, she now enjoys spending that thing called free time traveling with her husband, cooking, and knitting.
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