Published by Forever on January 28, 2020
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Review Copy Provided By: Forever, Hatchett Book Group
AMZ US Apple Books
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Escape to Matchmaker Bay in this hilarious and heartwarming second chance romance from the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly).
Eve Abbott has a problem-actually, make that a lot of problems. And they're all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt's beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She's definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street...
Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He's spent the past ten years trying to forget her--to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real... before Eve turns tail and leaves for good.
Includes the bonus novella Meant to Be by Alison Bliss!
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
The Mermaid Inn was a sweet, second chance romance, with all the makings of a Hallmark movie.
The Mermaid Inn and Matchmaker Bay are where Eve Abbott spent most of her childhood. Her aunt raised her as much, if not more than, her parents. But after the boy she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with broke her heart, Eve left town and never planned to return.
When her aunt died and left her The Mermaid Inn, Eve learned a condition of her aunt’s will was that she remain in Matchmaker Bay for a year. The town wasn’t big enough for her to hide from her first love, the town’s Police Chief, Shane Collins – let alone the town’s meddlers.
The story progressed a little too slowly for me. And while it does pick up, and there were some funny, and poignant moments, I never became fully invested in the characters nor their story. I don’t think it was the writing – because it was great – as much as the formula that kept me from truly loving this book