Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
Return to USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway’s Crescent Cove, California, where the magic of summer can last forever… Combat medic Vance Smith made a promise to a fallen officer: to treat the man’s young daughter to an idyllic vacation at Beach House No. 9. One month, some sun and surf, a “helmet list” of activities to check off and Vance will move on. But the “little girl” he’s expecting turns out to be a full-grown woman. With silky hair, big brown eyes and smelling sweetly of the cupcakes she makes for her mobile bakery, Layla Parker is irresistible. And Vance shouldn’t lay a finger on her. Honor-and one heck of a scarred heart-says so.
To Layla, Vance is a hero who was injured trying to save her father’s life. She intends to spend their month of lazy days and warm nights taking very good care of the gorgeous soldier-inside and out….
Bungalow Nights has everything I enjoy in a contemporary romance. A career driven woman who has a hard time expressing what she needs. A flawed hero (bonus points for him being military) who doesn’t want a woman in his life. Add in a whole host of friends and family misgivings, you’ve usually got a winner. That being said, I found this book long winded and I was bored. I think it would have been much better suited for a novella, or just shorter book in general.
Layla has just laid her father to rest after he was killed in action overseas. Her father’s last wish was that she spend a month at a beach house with the soldier who attempted to save him, doing things on a bucket list he never got to do with her. Upon arriving and meeting the gruff and emotionally unavailable Vance she’s not so sure she can follow through but eventually her heart wins out and she decides to stay and give it her best. She and Vance embark on a poignant journey to fulfill her father’s list wish all the while tying to deny themselves the attraction they feel.
The plot meanders a lot through out the book and it left me wanting to skip ahead. Vance is attempting to get over a blatant betrayal of his brother and now ex-fiance and finds that his emotions stop him from carrying on something with Layla, though he wants to. His family issues run deeper then his problems with his brother and everything stems from his rocky teenage years and subsequent toll on his parents.
Having Layla around eventually wakes Vance up to the realization that his past doesn’t have to define his future. Their growing feelings do result in some rather hot smexy scenes that I found to be the highlight of the book.
There is a side story with Vance’s cousin Baxter and their co-habitant at the beach house, Addy. Even they weren’t enough to save this story. One night together six years prior left Addy satisfied and Baxter guilty. Addy has ZERO self confidence and while I would normally be all over the chunky girl getting the quarterback type story, they both just fell flat with me.
Ridgway never managed to get me on board with this book. The outcome was okay but I wasn’t really affected. Bottom line, I was bored. Immensely.
I give Bungalow Nights by Christie Ridgway 2.75 stars