Series: Saltwater Springs #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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At seventeen, the small town of Saltwater Springs had been everything to Scarlett Devereaux—as had her boyfriend Luke. Never had she imagined she’d have to leave them both behind—until the night that changed everything. A decade after skipping town Scarlett returns to start over in the only place that ever really felt like home. But when nothing goes as planned, she’s forced to turn to Luke for help.
With a drunk for a dad and a mom making pocket change at the local diner, no one ever thought Luke Garrity would amount to anything. After building a successful contracting business he’s proven everyone wrong professionally, but things in his personal life are upside down. Making it the exact wrong time for Scarlett to return to Saltwater Springs.
With a history of devastation and heartbreak between them can Scarlett and Luke make amends, or will secrets from the past threaten the foundation of Scarlett’s new life? Were Luke and Scarlett really built to last?
Hooray for second chances! I have read Elisabeth Grace before, so I knew going into this book I would probably enjoy it. Another thing that worked for me in this book was that it was a REAL small town romance, where everyone knows everything and good luck keeping any kind of secrets. I don’t know why but I really like small town romances, I think it might have something to do with how it hypes up the drama when everyone is in your business.
So when we start the story we get to meet our heroine first, and she is not in the best place. Scarlett is back in her hometown after her parents passed away and she is trying to make her dream of owning a bakery come true. As if it wasn’t hard enough dealing with her parents death, and the reality of the debt they left behind, her contractor basically scammed her, took her money, and did none of the work. So to say Scarlett was in a bit of bind when the book started would be an understatement. Now as for Scarlett, I liked her for the most part, although to be honest, she cried a little bit too much for my level of enjoyment. That being said, she is holding on to one particular secret, that let me tell you is a big one, and I fully understand where she is coming from, and why she kept it to herself for so long. I do have to respect her for going for her dream, and for handling what life throws at her with a lot of grace.
Now our hero in this book is Luke, and let me tell you this is just a really nice good guy. He holds a lot confusion and anger towards Scarlett because of the way she just left when they were together when they were young. But even after all this time he still truly loves and cares about her, and you can just tell when the two of them are in the room together that they are good together and care about each other. I really liked Luke, and how good of guy he is, I mean, takes care of his mom who has cancer, helps out with his niece whenever at all possible, and he is just an all around nice guy. He makes for one heck of a hero.
There are a few fun hot and heavy scenes, but honestly some of the funniest and most enjoyable parts of the book are the parts where the small town gossip mill is at work. I loved the townspeople and how they interact with each other. I think part of what I liked so much about the small town is how they interact with each other, they say some of the funniest things. Overall I thought this was a pretty enjoyable book for me. If you like small town romances as much as I do this might be a book you should check out.