Published by CreateSpace on May 1st 2015
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Charlee Jensen had what she considered the idyllic childhood growing up in a town named for that most prized emotion of all, Loveland, Colorado. At seventeen, her teenage crush, a man eight years older than her, marries and she naively thinks this is the worst thing that would ever happen to her. Then her parents divorce and her world crumbles. She finds herself being whisked away from her beloved home and estranged from her father. Now eight years later, with two degrees that she never wanted in hand, and no job prospects, her father offers her a position with his CPA firm. With no other options available, Charlee accepts his offer and returns to the hometown she loved. While rebuilding her relationship with her father, she discovers that perhaps a romantic relationship is in the cards for her, with her old teenage crush, Ryan Carter, who just happens to still live next door and is now a partner in her father’s CPA firm. Newly divorced and single dad, Ryan Carter, isn’t quite sure what to make of the girl next door, who’s all woman now. He finds himself having a hard time resisting this beautiful yet annoyingly charming woman, but their age difference and his complicated relationship with his ex-wife cause quite a bit of trouble for the couple. Ryan finds himself torn between keeping the peace with his ex-wife and mother of his child and his feelings for Charlee.Can they successfully overcome their troubles in Loveland? Find out in this clean romance filled with sparks, humor, and of course, a little bit of trouble.
In an Oyster Shell – Another heartfelt wholesome romance that will have you believing in true love that lasts, no matter how hopeless it may seem.
The Pearls – First of all… I’m falling in love with this author’s storytelling skills. Who said romance couldn’t be sexy and clean. I love Peel’s grip on what true romance is so you are left with a classy story that leaves you swooning. I appreciate how she incorporates real life situations into this story. Though you are left with a romantic story, you feel like it came about because of conflict we often face in our own lives. Though it is realistic, I appreciate the beleif Peel creates with her stories that helps me to suspend my own for awhile. She makes pleasant fictional realities.
The conflict of this story was well-balanced. I really appreciate that there was conflict on so many different levels. With inter-personal struggles, parental relationships, and problems that come with dating a divorced guy. Charlee is getting hit from all sides. It makes for a great story.
The characters were unforgettable. I love the cast of characters that Peel put together in this book! From the Ryan’s son to her mom and dad, the ex-wife. They were all unforgettable in their own way. Every character either prevailed or digressed respectfully. Charlee’s dad was one of my favorites.
My favorite thing about this book is the setting. Loveland, Colorado… Sigh. I’m a mountain girl so this setting speaks right to my heart. I really like the contrast of where Charlee goes to live with her mom. I can’t for the life of me remember what that place was Kansas? Maybe. Either way it was dull in comparison and it’s little nuances like that, you can expect from Peel that leaves for a full satisfying story.
The Sand – In this book I felt like a couple points of the book where over-emphasised. Like Charlee’s inter-personal struggle and Ryan’s struggle to give her what she want.
I give this a solid 4 pearls!