Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 25, 2018
Length: 9 hours, 33 minutes
Any book by Sarina Bowen is a delight for me. This one continues the story of the Shipley family and their apple farm in Vermont. Family members and farm workers have found their happily ever afters previous to this one. This time, May Shipley, daughter of the family and kind of the black sheep, gets her book. I was all in.
This book started really different from most contemporary romance stories and while at first I was a tad surprised, I really shouldn’t have been. Naturally it didn’t bother me a bit. May Shipley isn’t having a good night when bar owner Alec swoops in to save the day. Finding your lover kissing someone else doesn’t exactly make for a good time. He decides to help her move her stuff from her home back to her parents home that same night. Moving back in with parents as an adult and a lawyer to boot, doesn’t thrill her. The good thing? She becomes friends with Alec. One thing leads to another and they end up friends with benefits. But if true love was that easy, we wouldn’t have a book.
Alec was a really different hero for me. He likes to party and is known as a screw up to his older relatives. But now as an owner of a business, he is trying hard to get past that reputation. He was equal parts funny and sweet and given to using lovey dovey endearments for May. He even cries at appropriate times. He’s an all around good guy that just needs to be taken seriously. He’s having some business problems and he needs people to realize that he is a responsible adult now so that he can get some help. May is different as well. She’s a recovering alcoholic, bi-sexual and the sibling/daughter/granddaughter that they all tip toe around. When she breaks up with her girlfriend, her family is happy, not because of the lesbian thing, but because of how May has been treated in the relationship. May’s older brother Griffin was not friends with Alec previously and doesn’t want them seeing each other. That was a big problem. Did I mention this is a small town?
I’m a big Sarena Bowen fan and I am working my way through her books slowly but surely. I read this a bit out of order in that I still haven’t read book one although I have it in my tbr. I was familiar with all the characters from the other three books in this series and enjoyed getting to see most of them again in this book. Ms. Bowen has a gift of creating characters that you care about and want to keep reading about. And of course she has a storytelling ability that is off the charts good. Her books are always well written, with stories that you will remember no matter how many books you read.
I listened and thoroughly enjoyed the two narrators, Saraphine Valentine and Lance Greenfield. I gave them 5 stars. I really love when we get a male and female narrator. I would be happy to listen to them again.
Due to spoilers, I am going to leave it at that. If you like a good and a bit different romance, this one should be a contender. I enjoyed the whole thing and highly recommend it to adult(sexy times) contemporary romance readers. I also recommend all of this author’s other books as you can’t go wrong with them.