In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Let Go, it’s never too late for a second chance at first love...
When Loretta Simmons returns to Hope, Oklahoma, after a disastrous marriage, she’s determined to remain independent for the sake of her daughter. The only thing standing in her way is Deacon Fox—the man she loved and walked away from years ago.
Since Loretta owns the bookstore right next to his current renovation project, Deacon can’t escape the woman who broke his heart. Throw in her adorable little girl and one ridiculously oversized dog, and they’re almost a family. Only he can’t be that guy—what they had was once in a lifetime.
But love has a funny way of reopening a door you thought was firmly closed...
A summer of heartwarming activities and a sizzling reunion romance happens after a woman journeys back home when she needs to start over again and encounters the man she shouldn’t have ever left. Lovable Great Dane puppy, cute pixie kid, farm house renovations, circle of friends, and Fourth of July at the lake round it off in this delightful gentle-paced small town romance.
Love Me Again is the seventh book in the Hope series. A reader could get away with it out of order, but this story really is stuffed full of most of the previous characters and their ongoing stories in the background so it works best in order.
Deacon and Loretta both grew up in Hope before she broke his heart and left with another guy. Their tense first time seeing each other years later happened in the last book. I have to confess that I was wary of tackling their story. Reunion/second chance romances can be iffy with me depending on how they are handled. But, no worries. I was glad that I could set aside my concerns and just get cozy with the laid back folks of Hope, Oklahoma as they went about their lives during the lazy days of summer.
Now, I don’t want to imply that this pair ignored the past or that it didn’t leave emotional scars, but it felt organic to the story of this present pair who slowly reconnect as Deacon and Loretta’s cute precocious daughter with her huge Great Dane dog become friends leading to Deacon and Loretta having many encounters. There is tension and attraction between them that they have to figure out what to do about it. Around the romance, there was also a personal story of Loretta coming home and dealing with her past both with her parents and her ex and her ex-friends so that she can move forward in the present.
I liked this character-driven plot and the heartwarming tone full of time with friends and home life. The pace is gentle and perfect when I wanted something easy and straightforward with just enough conflict to keep it interesting. I look forward to each installment and recommend the series to those who enjoy laid-back small town romance.
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