Author: JoAnn Ross
Series: Honeymoon Harbor #2
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
What a way to kick off the holiday small town romance season!
Aiden has tried to outrun his past from Honeymoon Harbor when he joined the marines. Even after he got out, he stayed out of the pacific northwest and joined up with the Los Angeles Police Department. But when he and his partner get ambushed, Aiden gets shook when his partner is killed. After quitting the force, Aiden returns to the pacific northwest to become a hermit and live out his days; unfortunately, his partner follows him as a ghost. With much convincing from Honeymoon Harbor’s mayor, Aiden’s dad, he returns to his hometown to become chief of police. But his past is waiting for him when he returns. His old flame Jolene Harper has also returned back home and she might just be the most difficult thing he has had to deal with.
Jolene Harper also ran from her past as the poor girl. There is plenty of history between Jolene and the mean girls of the area, but she just let it make her better. Now in the big leagues of make-up design for movie sets, Jolene finds that people are fickle no matter where you go. When she gets a call that her mother has a suspicious lump in her breast and refuses to have it check out, Jolene returns home to help her deal with it. But she didn’t count on Aiden being in town either. The only boy she ever really loved, can she take being in the same town as him again?
Could there be a better candidate to open the holiday small town romance season? I think not. This was really a fun book to read that was played out by an expert. Everything fell into place right when it was supposed to. The main characters were perfectly flawed so that you could relate to them and still pull for them at the same time. The villains, if that is what you want to call them, had just the right amount of distastefulness to keep the reader against them. I can’t think of a better book to draw me into the holiday romance.
There is some strong language throughout this book as well as some scenes that would be better suited for mature audiences.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.