Nugget, California, is a spot-in-the-road that's easy to miss. But this little mountain town knows how to give the struggling and discouraged many paths back to happiness—and love…
Reporter Harlee Roberts is used to finding the story, not living it. Unfortunately, losing her dream job and glittering city life means she needs a serious rewrite. Downtime at her parents' cabin in Nugget is a break she could really use. But the less her rugged woodworker neighbor has to say to her, the more Harlee’s natural curiosity is piqued, and the more she wants exclusive access—to his heart…
Nugget's open spaces and mountain quiet are the perfect refuge for Colin Burke. All he wants is solitude, to mind his own business—and for Harlee to mind hers. Still, her live-wire personality and take-no-prisoners commitment to those she cares about are a temptation pulling him way too close. Is their connection strong enough to survive his secrets—and risk a future together?
Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by Lyrical Pres
I really enjoyed Finding Hope, book #2 in the series. Not only was the romance between the main characters well crafted, but so were the other inhabitants of the town of Nugget, CA. Each person I met added to the story and really added to the flavor and character of the town and had me wanting to plan a little vacation out there to meet everyone and Second Chances just drives home that feeling, though I may only visit in the summer time.
The main romance revolves around Colin and Harlee and I really liked both of them, though Harlee could be a bit much at times. The issues Colin faced, coupled how he felt about his past had my heart breaking for him and also understanding why he felt the need to be alone. But even with his demons, Colin still proved to be a good person and one who gave his all, whether it was with carpentry or helping a neighbor in need out. Harlee is a force of nature. Even though she feels beaten down, she picks herself up and keeps moving forward. She can be a little pushy, but it’s done because she has a good heart and wants to help those she likes. I liked how their relationship grew. There were many times I wanted to reach through my ereader, shake them both and tell them to just communicate with one another, but even if could have done that it wouldn’t have done any good. But as their story progressed you could see how well matched they were and how they balanced each other out.
As I said, the town of Nugget and it’s occupants are as much of a draw as the main HEA couple are and in this one it’s no different. Not only do we get to catch up with everyone from the previous books and find out what’s going on with them, but we get to meet a few new people and their impact on the good people of Nugget. And if you are new to the series, you can definitely pick this one up and not feel in the least bit lost, but reading the series in order would definitely be best.
Overall: I really enjoyed this book. It’s a sweet and well written romance with a great cast of characters, some quirky and some not, that I want to know more about with each turn of the page.
~ I received an ARC from Kensington Lyrical Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writingfiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.
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