Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 30, 2019
The authors offered us a surprise book in the Crescent Cove series that could also be read as a standalone. Things don’t go as expected, but this romance is one that left me sighing.
New Year’s Eve. A bad Tinder date, eating alone one the one night Hannah wanted to be special, oh, and to lose her virginity. Instead she sits in the inns dining room eating alone, journaling and becoming depressed on the state of her life. When she asks about champagne a deep voice tells the inns owner they will take the bottle and the lemon bars. Seduction begins the moment he introduces himself (first name only) and ends in the morning with the virginity card being taken away. The two split sort of on bad terms as Hannah intends this to be only one night and Asher realizes she is going to keep it that way. That’s fine because he doesn’t have time in his life for a woman.
Ashe finds the evening to be wonderful, but he also knows his life isn’t conductive for a relationship. His best friend passed away and now he is the guardian of a baby girl, Lily. His newspaper business is having problems in the day and age where people don’t read them. Working ridiculous hours, his grandmother helps as much as possible, but even she has a life. The solution a nanny.
Hannah thinks she wants a life alone for a while after raising her twin sisters who are off at college. Starting two businesses is on the list of things she is doing because she doesn’t want an office job. When she comes across a woman walking a baby in a stroller and her dog (she walks dogs for money) becomes fascinated with the baby, she finds herself roped into a nanny position she doesn’t want.
The two are surprised to find each other again, but Hannah realizes he never mentioned a wife or daughter and Asher figures she wants money….only briefly. On the start date, Hannah still doesn’t think she wants the job, but she also finds out she is pregnant.
This becomes a story of people figuring out who they are, what they want and how they want it. Feeling the weight of responsibility from legacy or family wears them down and they must learn who they really are and what they want to be when they grow up…yeah, I know they are grown up.
Asher can be a total ass, but he also has a heart of gold. Hannah was young when she took on raising her sisters. Now she has to figure out what to do with her life. The one thing that confused me was where she got income while raising the sisters as her meal delivery service is just getting off the ground and her dog walking service was something new. She was a hard worker though and never once was after Asher’s money. The two have to figure out where each other fit in their lives after they realize that they aren’t going to be able to ignore each other.
While this is the 7th book in the series, you won’t be lost. It can totally be read as a standalone. Sage and Dage have the biggest roles and even without knowing their stories you know what they are to the story.
So if you a looking for a low drama, but very introspective story, with lots of love, cute babies, fiesty grandmas and best friends….. then I suggest you read this story!
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