Then Came You by Jeannie Moon Release Date: September 26, 2017 Publisher: Tule Publishing Contemporary Romance M/F Book #1 in the Compass Cove series Number of Pages: 292 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Rating: NC-17 Read 9/18/17 to 9/19/17
Wow! I am in love with this book. Jeannie Moon is a new-to-me author and I couldn’t be happier that I was able to get an ARC of this book so I was able to discover her writing. I requested this one on the description alone, not really knowing much of this author. Why has she been hiding from me?!
There are so many relationships that can be dissected in this story. Mia and Adam, of course, being the main event. But there’s Mia and her nephew Ben, Mia and her grandma, Mia and her sister…well, Mia and her family I guess is the best way to put that. But it’s not all Mia all the time. Adam has a much more supportive family, but it’s still fraught with its own baggage. No matter which relationship I look at I find it to be carefully and caringly crafted by the author.
It was refreshing to have an insta-love story where the characters didn’t really act on that insta-love for a long, long time. You would think it would get tedious and seem too drawn out, but it didn’t. There was such a simmering heat every time Adam and Mia were in the same vicinity, or even thought about each other, I couldn’t get enough. Because of Ben, Mia and Adam really thought things through when it came to what they did and didn’t want. It endeared Adam to me all the more that he considered Ben’s well-being even before he knew him all that well.
Not only did I get warm-fuzzies throughout this story, I also got what I noted as “gut-punch warm-fuzzies” a few times. That was when I got even more than the nice, warm, butterfly feeling. I got more of a nice, warm, hamster running on a wheel in my belly feeling. I also got some not-so-good gut-punched feelings when it came to the issues between Mia and her mother. That woman is just plain mean and petty and should be kept away from children at all costs. I wanted to tear her a new one more than once and enjoyed witnessing Mia come into her own when it came to that relationship.
Ever the person obsessed with timelines, I did notice a few continuity issues. Because I read an ARC and I can’t be sure they won’t be fixed before final publication I’m not taking them into account on my rating. I often do when there are more than a few in an ARC, but even those issues couldn’t dampen my love of storytelling in this book.
Jeannie Moon also did an excellent job of introducing the reader to a profusion of characters that could keep this series going for a while if she wanted. The initial legend of the compass told at the beginning of the book is beautiful and really lays a strong foundation for stories of love in this small town.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**