Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
My Copy: Sent
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?
This is a nice, sweet romance highlighting a second chance at life for both the hero and heroine. I enjoy small town romances; they always seem full of hope and interesting characters.
Colin Burke has lived in Nugget, California for several years. He enjoys the quiet lifestyle and keeps to himself most of the time, and his passion for woodworking has gained him a reputation for quality furniture. The quiet comes to a close when someone moves into the cabin next door and he is a little leery, not sure what to make of a nosy ex-reporter.
Harlee is looking to start over; she lost her job as a newspaper reporter and decides to stay at her family’s cabin to regroup. While working in San Francisco she developed a small business as a detective of sorts, she digs up information on the profiles listed in Online dating services. She believes she can make this work full time, and begins to plan.
When she meets the sexy neighbor she is intrigued and glad for the helpful hand as her cabin has not been lived in for some time. The two have instant chemistry but Colin’s past prevents him from moving on and she is not sure she can overcome the obstacles.
When I read the blurb, I was intrigued; I enjoy a man of mystery and the promise of second chances. It is unfortunate that the reason he is living away from civilization by himself, is not my favorite trope to read. I won’t spoil the mystery but I usually avoid this premise.
Harlee is cute and very likable, reporters are usually portrayed as pushy in life but the author created a character that is nice and thoughtful as she reinvents her life. I enjoyed her interaction with the locals in town and of course with Colin. She likes him immediately and is happy whenever he shows up.
Colin is a man of mystery who likes to be alone, he has serious issues being in a crowd or small places, yet he can’t seem to stay away from the new neighbor. He is worried that as a former reporter she might find out about him, but still is drawn to her. And that was the question I had, I was confused by the fact that Harlee never looked up information on Colin until the end and then she was mad, usually reporters are inquisitive and try to find out everything they can, but she begins this intimate relationship with Colin and never investigates – she has a business looking up online daters, why not him?
Secondary characters play a huge role here, not only are we privy to Colin and Harlee’s story but there are several subplots going on throughout this small town. This is the third in the series and can easily be read as a standalone, I have not read the first two and had no problem keeping up. A cute small town romance full of hope and second chances.
I give Second Chances by Stacy Finz 3 stars!