by Melissa Foster
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Publisher: World Literary Press
Book #5 of the Bayside Summers series
An offshoot of the Love in Bloom series
Number of Pages: 300
Source: Amazon Pre-Order
Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 9/22/19 to 9/24/19
When screenwriter Harper Garner got a shot at the big-time in LA, she celebrated her brave cross-country move with her first and only one-night stand—connecting so deeply with the sexy, brilliant man, she broke the number-one rule of one-night stands and left her phone number. Not hearing from him was only the first in a long line of hope-shattering, confidence-busting blows. Ten months later, Harper is done with men and done with LA. She pulls up her big-girl panties and heads home to Cape Cod to start over.
On the surface, interior designer Gavin Wheeler has it all: a successful business, a loving family, and a close-knit group of friends. But Gavin once endured a heartbreak so painful, he was sure he’d never feel anything for a woman again. A chance encounter at a music festival with a gorgeous, down-to-earth blonde proved him wrong, but when morning came, the woman who made him crave more was gone.
A serendipitous evening reunites Harper with her devastatingly delicious one-night stand, and the connection is just as intense as she remembered. Harper’s life is too unsettled for a relationship, but Gavin is determined to help her find her way, especially if it leads straight to his heart. Moonlight conversations lead to steamy kisses, and as romance blooms, it stirs a love too real to deny. But when Gavin’s past collides with the life they’re building, it has the power to ruin everything.
Holy Sweetest Man in the World, Batman! Gavin seriously made me swoon. Like, literally swoon! He let Harper get away once, he’s not going to let it happen again. And while Harper has some issues from bad experiences over the last year, she can’t seem to resist Gavin. I can’t blame her…he’s truly irresistible.
The premise of onset of Gavin and Harper is that they met before and had a one night stand of sorts. Something way out of character for both of them, but even back when they met and decided to go all in and have a short fling, there was a connection that neither of them could deny. And, of course, fate threw Harper right in Gavin’s path so they could get it right this time.
Although Gavin is extremely sweet and wants Harper to follow her dreams, sometimes I did find him a bit too accommodating. He was ready to jump in to help her reach her goals, but somehow forgot to ever ask if her goals had changed since she returned home. While you would think that would give Harper more confidence, I felt it often shuttered her feelings.
Regardless, these two are like peas and carrots. Made for each and undeniably right for each other. I loved reading about their journey and, most of all, watching Harper blossom once she was free of the stress that had bogged her down for so long.