Series: Most Likely To #1
Published by Montlake Source: Netgalley
Genres: Small Town Romance, Romance, Revenge, Law Enforcement, Contemporary Romance, Alpha Guy
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Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.
Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?
I’m a huge fan of small town romances, I love the dynamics that you find in small towns. You would never see people who have known each other their entire lives and know everything there is to know about everyone in a big like NYC, but in small towns you get lifelong friendships, gossip that spreads before anyone has the chance to pick up the phone, and romances that everyone seems to know about even if you aren’t quite ready for people to know. Part of the reason this book appealed to me was because it was about someone who had to move back to her small town after leaving ten years prior. Going back to where you came from is sometimes a mixed bag, you have to face the things you left behind, sometimes come to grips with revealing the failures you’ve had, but at the same time there really is something great about going home to the people who loved you the most.
I liked Melanie, she kind of reminded me a little bit of my mom when I was little. She is super protective of her daughter, although I wouldn’t call it quite stifling. She’s had to make being a single mom work, she has almost no support system out in California and making ends meet is not something that is easily achieved. So when her 10 year reunion comes up, she takes the opportunity to go ahead and just move back home. Things have changed, friends have moved or ended up in jobs no one saw coming, but all in all everyone welcomes her with open arms and its like she was never gone. Her daughter is adorable, and its great seeing how these two are able to really find their footing. Plus Mel’s daughter is not just cute, but she’s smart, worldly I would call it, and she has such a great dynamic with her mom.
Wyatt is the first guy Melanie meets coming back into town, of course she isn’t exactly trusting of him until later on. He’s a good guy, comes from a good family with money, but wanted a different life, a small town pace where he could do honest work. It’s great seeing how much he likes Mel, and even more when her no good shows up. He’s fiercely protective of her, and takes her daughter almost as fast as he took to her. I loved how he was willing to go all out just to make sure that his girls would be okay.
This book has quite a bit of suspense in it, I wouldn’t necessarily call it mystery because I put the pieces together fairly easy, but the suspense was definitely on point. There a lot of things going on, an ex who shows up making all kinds of demands and accusations, really manipulating the court system, and on top of all that a creeper who attacks when you least expect it, followed of course by the manhunt. It was a good read for me, I was interested from beginning to end. I hope the series continues on with Zoe, and ends with Jo, cause I really know what happened with Zoe and Luke. Easily recommended if you like small town romances.