♥ SYNOPSIS ♥
A kiss is only the beginning…
Pinterest Perfect. Or so Annie Carson’s life appears on her popular blog. Reality is… messier. Especially when it lands her back in one-cow town, Brightwater, California, and back in the path of the gorgeous six-foot-four reason she left. Sawyer Kane may fill out those wranglers, but she won’t be distracted from her task. Annie just needs the summer to spruce up and sell her family’s farm so she and her young son can start a new life in the big city. Simple, easy, perfect.
Sawyer has always regretted letting the first girl he loved slip away. He won’t make the same mistake twice, but can he convince beautiful, wary Annie to trust her heart again when she’s been given every reason not to? And as a single kiss turns to so much more, can Annie give up her idea of perfect for a forever that’s blissfully real.
♥ my review ♥
This was a cute, quirky second-chance romance set in a small town with a legendary family feud.
Annie Sawyer’s life is falling apart. She’s going to back to her small hometown a divorced single mother. On the upside, her career as a mommy blogger is still going strong despite the personal setbacks. Now she’s back in Brightwater trying to sell her family farm. Opposition comes in the form of the Kane’s matriarch who owns the spread next door and Sawyer Kane, the boy who broke Annie’s heart many years ago. Except that he’s not a boy anymore.
Sawyer Kane is the town sheriff of Brightwater and between keeping the peace in Brightwater and reeling in his grandmother’s schemes, he has his hands full. But Annie, or the one who got away, is back. And Sawyer thinks that this might be his chance to set the record straight about what happened years ago.
I enjoyed this book particularly the way Sawyer wooed Annie by doing little things for her around the farmhouse. Sawyer was adorably sweet to Annie. His complex relationship with his grandmother was also well done. I know she’s a crotchety character but I love Grandma Kane. I think she’s hilarious.
I also liked how the town with the Kane-Sawyer rivalry was written. It added another layer to the story and the little bits and pieces of legend about the rivalry sprinkled throughout the book appealed to me. I love small town settings. A few of the side characters stood out most especially Edie. I hope we’re getting her book next.
My only gripe was really Annie. I understood her struggles and yet, I couldn’t fully connect with her. Her desire to put on the perfect façade and be this earth mother with her all-natural, all-homemade became a drag for me. Like I said, there’s nothing wrong with her but because of personal bias, I just couldn’t connect fully with her.
Overall, a wonderful book to start the series as I am already invested with some of the characters in this book. And oh, let me just say, I enjoyed Lia Riley’s writing very much. She’s a new to me author and definitely one worth looking out for.
ARC provided by the author via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.