Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Moving to Harvest Cove has been like a dream come true for Zoe Watson, providing her with a job she loves and close friends she considers practically family. The only problem: a certain prickly—albeit handsome—park ranger who can’t seem to help tracking mud into her art gallery…or showing up in her dreams.
Jason Evans swore off relationships the day his ex-wife walked out the door, and the local gallery owner is no exception. But when an accident forces him to accept the one thing he hates most in the world—help—he discovers that with Zoe in his life, there are more highs than lows. Despite their long-simmering attraction, neither Jason nor Zoe thinks that two people with so little in common could possibly have a future together. But one of these nights, they may just discover how alike they are.…
This is the third book in a delightful series; I have enjoyed getting to know this small community with transplants and locals forming a cohesive group of intriguing characters. This is Jason and Zoe’s story, a relationship that has been building since the beginning when we would see these two collide in her art gallery and it is well worth the wait.
Jason Evans is a Park Ranger who has lived in Harvest Cove for most of life. He was married at one time but now lives quietly outside of town and he is a bit of a loner. His family lives in another state and that works well for him as his mother is overbearing and he is not close with his younger brother. When he breaks his leg while saving a small dog he pays the ultimate price, his mother wants to come and help, so he quickly enlists Zoe, and even though they are both puzzled as to why he choose her, they work together with a common goal.
Zoe Watson moved from Georgia three years ago to open an art gallery. She loves this town and has met many good friends. Jason frequently comes into her gallery and brings the wilderness inside with him; she even buys him a mat so he can wipe his feet and calls him Treebeard, and they have teased and taunted each other since the beginning. When he ropes her in to help with his mother, she reluctantly agrees but they find that their teasing masked some deep feelings toward each other.
This series has me hooked; I enjoy the setting and the people that inhabit this quaint small town. They have all found a place where they can be themselves with friends that are fun and engaging.
Zoe is a doll; she has found her place and loves living in Harvest Cove where she fits in. Her shop caters to locals and often is a champion for them when tourists are looking for unique and beautiful pieces of art. The relationship between Zoe and Jason started when she first opened her shop, he would stop in to look, sometimes to buy but always to pester, they are like little kids as they banter back and forth. He is grumpy and grumbles and she pushes him until they both erupt. I have been watching them since the beginning and was happy with the way the author worked her magic with these two.
I liked Jason in the previous books but after we find out about his history I absolutely adore him. No wonder he is so gruff and standoffish, his family really did a number on him. They never gave him any encouragement and his mother constantly created competition between them, ugh.
Jason and Zoe were so much fun, they would tease and taunt each other, making hilarious comments about how they interact when he comes into her gallery, but underlying is a growing friendship and more as the chemistry works its magic and the scenes heat up. Finding out they enjoyed each other’s company is surprising for both. And when they team up to thwart his mother they realize their feelings are not to be denied.
His mother is awful; she is manipulative, competitive, pretending she is here to help but only causes problems. There are times in a book when a character will start out horrible, do mean things but by the end they will redeem themselves, realize what they are missing when they treat a main character a certain way, but not this woman, she left town in a huff and the relationship between mother and son remained as strained as always, kind of left things unanswered for me, but maybe I should not look for happy ending for all characters, hmmm? Other characters played large roles, fun people we have met before in previous books shared page time and it is good to see how their lives have grown. That being said, you can easily read this as a standalone as the author keeps the reader in the loop.
The pace works well and there are many humorous scenes as the two build on their acquaintance from friendship to love. I thoroughly enjoyed returning to Harvest Cove and look forward to reading more set in this small town.
I give One of These Nights by Kendra Leigh Castle 4 stars!