Meanwhile, facing the severe disapproval of Lucy’s family, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to “romance” Lucy so that she can more easily move on. But when Sam and Lucy begin to feel real sparks between them, Lucy must ask herself if she can easily risk her heart again. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be re-made into something beautiful. And that it is only by discovering who you really are that you can find the one who truly deserves you. (BN.com)
I have been a Lisa Kleypas fan for long time. She is one of my top three favorite romance authors – in good company with Julia Quinn and
I initially fell in love with her historical romances. When she started writing contemporary romance
I was skeptical. Her first, Sugar Daddy,
was just meh. But the following two,
Blue-Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger, were absolutely stellar. Seeing that she could rock the contemporary
romance just as much as she did historical romance, I was super excited to read
her new series. What did I think of them? Well keep reading to see what I think of Friday Harbor Rainshadow Road. A review of
will be up in the next week or so. The
last in the trilogy, Crystal Cove, will be published in February and you can
bet your sweet self that I will be reading and reviewing that one too. Dream Lake
Lucy thinks life is pretty perfect right now. She is making a living doing what she loves. She lives on a beautiful
Pacific Northwest island with lots of lovely
friends. Her boyfriend, Kevin, of three
years is absolutely amazing. Then all of
a sudden that perfection is lost when Kevin showed up in her glass shop out of
the blue to inform Lucy their relationship wasn’t working for him anymore and
he had met someone else. That someone
else being her sister.
Handling the news as well as anyone would, Lucy takes off on a bike ride - her way of blowing off some steam. And along the way she meets the very sexy and commitment-phobic Sam Nolan. That initial meeting sets off a friendship that both insist will never be anything more.
As is usually the case with a Kleypas book, I really loved the characters. Sam was my favorite kind of hero. Geeky AND sexy. The Nolan brothers are a hot mess. And when I say hot, I mean, “Hot damn!” And when I say mess, I mean, “Yikes, look at all the emotional baggage.” I enjoyed Lucy’s independence and how she was open and honest about protecting herself. Lucy’s friends, Zoe and Justine, are the best kind of friends. Between the pastries and the reading, this trio of friends made me think of Bel, Shel and I. Except that the three of us would probably get into a lot more trouble if we were all living together with no supervision.
Overall this was a good read. But I didn’t love it. Although it was both engaging and romantic with plenty of sexual tension, there seemed to be something missing. Maybe I am greedy but I wanted more. I wanted more examples of Sam being a geek. I wanted more scenes with Lucy and her girlfriends having fun. And I wanted more magic. Because there is magic in this book and it is beautiful magic. But it was so tentatively done that it left me a little confused and unfulfilled.
That being said…there are two reasons I would recommend this book. One: If you are a big Kleypas fan like me, then you should read it for that reason alone. Two: If you are going to read
(and you are because
I told you to) then you should read this because the two stories overlap a
little bit. They stand alone but it is
my personal opinion that it is fun to see some overlapping scenes through more
than one point of view. Dream
Until next time; when I annoy you by gushing over the second installment in the Friday Harbor Trilogy.