I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Primrose Lane by Debbie Mason
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Published by Grand Central Publishing Genres: Clean & Wholesome, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
"Heartfelt and delightful!" -RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author Love is the best medicine Olivia Davenport has finally gotten her life back together. She's left her painful past behind, started over in a new town, and become Harmony Harbor's most sought-after event planner. But her past catches up to her when Olivia learns that she's now guardian of her ex's young daughter. With her world spinning, Olivia must reconcile her old life with her new one. And she doesn't have time for her new next door neighbor, no matter how handsome he is. Olivia may act like she's got everything under control, but Dr. Finn Gallagher knows a person in over her head when he sees one. He'd really like to be the shoulder she leans on, but Olivia makes it clear she doesn't want his help. Since he's returned to town, his waiting room has been full of single women feigning illness. Yet the one woman he's interested in is avoiding him. But with a little help from some matchmaking widows and a precocious little girl, Finn might just win Olivia over. BONUS: Includes a complete novel from BookShots Flames! The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin
Debbie Mason is one of those authors who I constantly question why I keep reading her books. I end up angry at her heroes for about 60% of each book. However, her writing pulls me in and I inevitably fall in love with the hero anyways. It’s that response that keeps me coming back. Stories that invoke that type of angry passion are the best!!
My heart broke for Olivia and all that she had been through in her life and the way a lot of the people around her treated her, particularly the men. The hits don’t stop coming even after she’s tried to outrun her past. I seriously wanted to strangle, her ex-husband, his best friend and Finn for their judgmental ways and the pressure and expectations they put on her. I can’t even start talking about it without getting upset.
Finn was NOT likeable for a great chunk of this book. His assumptions about Olivia and the way he was convinced her to take on certain responsibilities, only to turn around and determine that she wasn’t fit for those responsibilities was infuriating. Somehow I still managed to end up liking him and seeing that he did have a sweeter, more empathetic side to him but his stubbornness and self-righteousness was off-putting for sure.
I love the family dynamic of this series and the supernatural aspect (don’t worry, it’s not over the top) adds an extra angle to the story. This time we got a good glimpse at Aiden and what we can probably expect for his story. I can already tell that I’m going to dislike him and love him, but what’s new?
My favorite romances to read are friends to lovers, second chance romance, and lifelong love stories. I read mostly YA, NA and contemporary but I've been known to enjoy a good erotica romance now and again. I enjoy sex in books but it's not required for me to enjoy a story. Too much sex can be worse than none, in my opinion.
I don't really enjoy books with love triangles and/or cheating, and I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy or suspense books.
On any given day you'll find me camped out on my couch with my Kindle in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, the tv on in the background (Food Network or Hallmark Channel) with one or both of my kids and my husband trying to get me to answer them about when we might eat again.