Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
At first sight, Molly Richards knew Magnolia Beach, Alabama, was the perfect place to escape her unhappy life. And though she’s proud of the small coffee shop she’s opened, something is missing. But she won’t let herself be burned by love—again.
Veterinarian Tate Harris finds the local dating scene awkward, since he’s known most of the eligible ladies his whole life. But he’s finding it hard to resist the unassuming charm of the sweet-faced owner of Latte Dah. And when a late-night pet emergency finds Tate at Molly’s house, that fascination turns into a potent mutual attraction. But just as their relationship begins to take off, Molly’s haunted past returns. Fortunately, Tate is determined to help Molly fight for the life she’s been wishing for…
This second addition to the series, Everything at Last, is a cute romance featuring a heroine who is starting over in small town Alabama and a local man with his own issues from his past.
Molly Richards finally feels she has found a home, she owns a coffee shop called Latte Dah in Magnolia Beach, Alabama. She moved here over two years ago and although keeps to herself, she has made some good friends such as Helena the bad girl who is married to the Mayor. She knows she has unfinished business in Fuller, a small town six hours away but believes someday she can put her past behind her.
Tate Harris is the local veterinarian who is best friends with Helena, he grew up in the area and knows that small town life is hard, he has had to deal with the knowledge that most people know his father was an alcoholic who took his anger out on his kids, and lately he has put dating on hold until he is not the object of town gossip. Molly and Tate have known each other since she moved to town, but their relationship was never more than friends, until she becomes involved in a Memorial Day event, The Children’s Fair and needs his help.
This is a classic small town romance where the residents are fun, quirky and they know everyone’s business. Central to the story is a huge celebration surrounding Memorial Day and everyone in town is involved, even Molly, much to her dismay.
I like Molly; she is building a new life in Magnolia Beach and does not talk much about her past, things are not as finalized as she would like and she is hoping to never speak of it, even Helena does not know all. When asked to work on a project for the celebration, she is nervous, she is just getting her confidence back and does not want to ruin it, the last thing she needs is to fail the town.
Tate is a nice guy, your ordinary beta hero who is the local veterinarian that everyone likes. He knows living in this town is a hazard on a private life, and tries to live without scandal; he had enough when he was young. He has known Molly for several years but never thought much about her until they have to work together and he really notices her. Although there is an initial attraction, Molly makes sure that they are only friends, explaining to him that now is not the right time and she would let him know if things changed. But as they start to spend more time together, the attraction blossoms and she is the one making the first move, but her past comes back to haunt her and their relationship struggles because of lies and miscommunication, Tate never wanted to be the reason for gossip again.
Small town romances usually have many characters that play huge roles in the story and this is no exception. I like both Helena, who was the town bad girl that captured the Mayor’s heart and Tate’s sister Sam who is working at the coffee shop and regaining her life after a nasty divorce along with several others throughout the story.
The pace works in the beginning as the two move forward with their romance and there is definite chemistry as they burn up the sheets on several occasions but it stalls a bit when Tate gets angry and feels betrayed by several secrets which he has a hard time getting past in a reasonable amount of time. This can easily be read as a standalone; I did not read the first in the series and had no trouble with the backstory and former characters. This is a sweet, small town romance full of heart and love.
I give Everything At Last by Kimberly Lang 3.75 stars!