Series: Last Chance #7
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
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Jenny Carpenter is the unrivaled pie-baking champion of Last Chance, South Carolina's annual Watermelon Festival and the town's unofficial spinster. With her dream of marriage and children on hold, she focuses on another dream, turning the local haunted house into a charming bed-and-breakfast. But her plans go off course when the home's former owner shows up on her doorstep on a dark and stormy night . . .
Mega-bestselling horror writer Gabriel Raintree is as mysterious and tortured as his heroes. His family's long-deserted mansion is just the inspiration he needs to finish his latest twisted tale, or so he thinks until he learns it's been sold. The new innkeeper proves to be as determined as she is kind, and soon Gabriel finds himself a paying guest in his own home. As Jenny and Gabe bring new passion to the old house, can she convince him to leave the ghosts of his past behind-and make Last Chance their first choice for a future together?
So this book was not really what I was expecting at all. I don’t know why but I just envisioned this book as one of those small town cozy romance novels, but this had elements to it that I didn’t think it would have.
So Jenny is kind of like Susie homemaker, except without the kids and hubby, and so Jenny decides the best thing for her to do is open up a bed and breakfast, so she buys a place and starts her dream. And then there is Gabriel, who used to live at the house that Jenny bought to open up her bed and breakfast in, and when he is suffering from writers block, he decided to go back to the house he used to own.
So honestly the biggest issue I have with this book is that it is a lot of talking without a lot happening. If you have ever heard the phrase show and not tell then you know exactly what I am talking about. A huge part of this book is inner monologue and not nearly enough dialogue between characters or action that happening.
One thing that surprised me was the amount of supernatural in this book. I really thought this as a cozy romance and was not expecting the whole paranormal ghost thing. I would have thought that the paranormal element in the book would have sped things up or brought in more action, but the pacing just wasn’t there enough for me.
At the end of the book there was kind of a little bit of a plot twist which did help to bring up the pacing of the book at the end, I honestly wish the pace had been like that the entire time, I think I would have enjoyed it more. I also thought that the tone of the book was more inspirational fiction then anything else, so be aware of that going into the book. If that’s not your kind of book, then this may not be the book for you. There is definitely a reader for this book, but its not really me.