The Chesapeake Bride by Mariah Stewart Release Date: August 29, 2017 Publisher: Pocket Books Book #11 in the Chesapeake Diaries series Number of pages: 384 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: R Read 8/24/17 to 8/26/17
Another sweet story from Mariah Stewart. I have really enjoyed getting to know the Cannonball Island residents in this series. I would love to buy one of Cassie’s designs and live out my days on such an island. Not only have I loved the couple who have come out of the place, I also love Ruby and the descriptions of the atmosphere.
Owen is like a teenager in the way he goes about wooing Cassidy. Not that he’s immature about it, but he plays a little game of acting like he’s not that into her. Don’t get me wrong. He’s not a jerk or anything. Just kind of cute and innocent with Cassidy.
I was already a fan of Cass after the last book when everything about the development of the island came to a head. She is so passionate about the things she loves. When her passion gets a bit over the top it can be taken the wrong way, and Owen does misinterpret her motives at one point. But it’s soon very apparent that Cass just goes all in when she has a job she loves and there isn’t a deceitful bone in her body.
There is a pretty big issue that has to do with Owen that most readers will figure out pretty quickly. As much as I enjoyed that monkey wrench I wasn’t crazy about the timing of the issue (I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop forever!) and that it all moved very quickly with not a lot of details. It’s kind of funny since a past complaint of mine with this series was the use of details that weren’t needed. In this portion of the story I felt there were some details that weren’t fleshed out as well as I would have liked.
Oddly enough, I thought book 9 in this series was going to be the last of the series. From the introduction of some new characters and situations in this story it seems there is still quite a bit of steam in this story. I only hope these stories deal with Cannonball Island a bit more.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**