The series premise is that three best friends from the small southern town of Morning Glory are sent out on their own individual quests by their recently deceased fourth childhood friend. Lacy has bequeathed them her charm bracelet with three spots on the bracelet left for each of them to pursue their dreams and then choose a charm for the bracelet. Each woman receives a letter from Lacy personal to her own situation. So Rosemary, Jess, and Eden decide to go out and live an adventure for Lacy.
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on May 24, 2016
Charmingly Yours is Rosemary’s story. She has lived a sheltered and yes, smothered life up until receiving Lacy’s letter and the charm bracelet. But an opportunity to visit NYC gives her just the motivation she needs to stop ‘treading water’ as Lacey calls it and really live. She encounters a sexy and flirty Italian man who knows a thing or two about smothering family with their agendas for his life. The two decide to embark on a two week tryst and discover that along the way, it becomes so much more. But Rosemary is firmly entrenched in Morning Glory and Sal is a New Yorker through and through so where does that leave them?
The author wrote a ‘charming’ romance set against the backdrop of NYC. I loved this pair and enjoyed the colorful scenes and experiences, but also their passion and the need to work through what they really want and need. The humor and flirty nature of their interaction off set the more serious soul-searching they were doing on the side. I felt the end wrapped up a bit quickly after the big emotional conflict near the end, but it was a small thing and I did love Sal’s grand gesture so much.
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on September 27, 2016
In the second installment, it’s Jess Culpepper’s turn to go on her adventure for Lacy. She had signed up to do contract nursing work to augment her income. The ink is barely dry on the divorce papers her lying, cheating ex-husband and one time high school sweetheart requested. Benton wanted ‘experiences’ and explained this as he handed her flowers from the florist he’d been banging. A contract job at a hospital in Florida is just the thing. And she uses Lacy’s legacy money to rent a condo on the beach which was one of her dreams though she didn’t realize she’d be enjoying it alone. Not for long, though if she can take a step away from her well planned well thought life for a bit of adventure in the sun, surf, and sand.
Ryan Reyes was the ultimate geek. He was several grades ahead because of his brains and his parents structured his life to achieve something brilliant in science. Unfortunately, being the smartest kid in school only scores you a few other geeky friends and being locked in a little closet for hours fighting your claustrophobia. After achieving the pinnacle in the academic world and a doctorate before he could drink, Ryan re-assessed and decided he wanted a life. Now he is a charter fishing boat captain, stud, and free living guy that every woman wants and every guy calls ‘bro’. But one look at his high school crush, Jess, and his analytical mind begins making new calculations. He wants his chance and with Benton out of the picture, he has it.
The author wrote a touching and heartwarming story about a woman who is forced to start over and confront herself in order to move on to new possibilities and a man who struggles to accept himself because the real him was always rejected and unwanted. Both of these people are hot messes when the story gets started, but I enjoyed watching them come around. They made mistakes along the way, but I was really cheering for them. It was impressive how Ryan could be this hot guy, but still retain his awkward brainy side that actually kept spread sheets on being the best at sex and pool. Jess was a rule maker who was determined only to see Ryan as a rebound and wanted to believe the best of Benton. I was over the moon when she finally got a clue thanks to her gal pals who didn’t let her sabotage her own chances.
And now I wait for the third Morning Glory story with Eden. That poor gal needs to catch a break. Those who enjoy small town southern, sweet and sizzling romance, and a just a dash of charm magic should give this series a go.
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