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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Signet
Released on November 5, 2013
Moonlight Kiss by LuAnn McLane was an interesting look into small town Kentucky. Actually I grew up in Southern Indiana right across the border from Indiana and today I am about 40 minutes away. The one thing I remember most about Kentucky is Moonlight BBQ in Owensboro. Oh, now I am so hungry for BBQ!
Moonlight Kiss starts off with the heroine, Addison, breaking it off with her fiancé after he tries to convince her to do a reality show of their life. As they talk, she realizes he doesn’t love her enough to put her needs first, and she doesn’t love him at all. On her second break up before the altar, she is getting a bad name to go with the bad feelings. So when her father suggests she take a visit to see her cousin and uncle, she heads off for some peace and quiet to heal from a not broken heart, but from keeping the rosy glasses on when becoming engaged. So off to Cricket Creek she goes only to fall in love with running a bridal gown shop on Wedding Row.
Reid Greenfield struggled a lot with his career, finance investor, when the bottom fell out of our economy. Back home on the farm, he is trying to straighten out his life and the financial troubles of the family farm. When his sister decides to revamp an old barn on the property for weddings, he thinks she is going to go broke and take her retirement with her. How to save a farm and his sister, but also his own life seems to be out of his reach.
Addison and Reid literally bump into each other and the attraction is instant. Addison isn’t looking for a man and Reid hasn’t had a relationship in a long while. These two go from one misunderstanding to another as they try to wade into the feelings they are experiencing along with everyone playing matchmaker. Throw in the ex-fiance allowing wrongful rumors to keep perpetuating, an ex-future-father-in-law trying to make things right by apologizing and a mother who wants more for her daughter than what the daughter wants. This had twists and turns that left me with a little whiplash.
Coming into the middle of the series, I can’t say I was totally confused, but there were supporting characters I knew had their own stories that I wasn’t aware of. So this can be read as a stand alone. I will admit I was confused by Reid’s situation. I couldn’t figure out what his plan was or why he was really home. Did he plan to go back? I do know falling in love for both of these two was not in either’s plans.
Then there was the side story of Rick, ex-fiance’s father. There were some rumors about Addison and him having an affair that bumps him out of his rock star haze. He realizes all the things he has done to hurt people and becomes disgusted with is life. He goes to Cricket Creek to say he is sorry to Addison, but she is doing so good, he doesn’t approach her but instead starts a relationship with his realtor.
Wedding Row is an interesting mix of shops that now have a wedding destination on the farm. They just need a photographer to mostly round out the shops. With the emphasis on weddings, you can imagine Addison and Reid constantly considering what life has planned for them. But Reid doesn’t run away…at first, but Addison only wants a friends with benefits type arrangement. The two struggle to define what they want, but in the end…well, you have to read it to find out.