Author: Becky Wade
Series: Misty River Romance #3
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Turn to me is whimsical, adventurous, and sweet romance not to be missed by fans of contemporary romance.
Luke Dempsey has let guilt hold him back in life since his brother died in an earthquake. Since that time, he has sabotaged any happiness that has tried to enter his life and even ended up in prison. While in prison, he befriends an older man that makes him promise to protect his daughter Finley. Luke learns that Finley is left a treasure hunt by her father and others may know and try to get the treasure from her. When Luke is released from prison, he finds Finley and starts working for her animal rescue non-profit. He is grumpy and gruff, but she sees something good in him that she wants to bring to the surface and help him find happiness. With each new clue they uncover, their feelings grow for each other along with the danger as others want what they are trying to find.
This is the third book in the Misty River romance series dealing with the Miracle five, a set of characters who survive an earthquake. Luke is the most reclusive of the members and his story revolves around him being released from prison after making a promise to protect someone. He has dreams of a quiet life, building his own cabin, and working from home without having to be around many people. When he meets Finley all that changes. The romantic tension between the two is obvious from the beginning. What bothered me was the fact Luke’s criminal past. I get that her father was in prison and he talked about Luke to her and she has a soft heart for rehabilitating others, but she never hesitated falling in love with someone with a criminal past. I liked the way Luke was portrayed, he had a hard time letting go of what he had done and didn’t think he would be good enough for Finley even though she never questioned it. They are complete opposites but in this case, opposites attract and it works well. Towards the end of the book, I was completely drawn into the story and wanted to see them with each other to have the happy ending. Even though this is the third in the series, I feel that readers could pick this one up without having read the previous two and still enjoy the story. There is enough backstory of the characters that I had no problem following along having not read the others. This is a great story for those that love contemporary romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.