Barb Curtis comes to the blog with the second in her Sapphire Springs series,
Only For You
A lovely series that keeps the setting the same as the couples in focus change, there are no issues with reading each of these books as a standalone, although the town and its people will encourage you to want more. In this book we have town residents Emily and Tim. Owner of the local bakery and truly a town’s daughter, she’s had a crush on Tim for years – but his own romantic hero life, including a televised heart-breaking have left him wary of any sort of connection, even as he’s determined to find a way out of his fame because of the breakup. He’s long considered Emily “one of the guys’ and doesn’t look at her ‘that way’, and wouldn’t it be simpler if he could fend off the speculation about his relationship status with a relationship that can show the world he’s just fine, without the added complication of feelings?
He just didn’t account for the fact that somewhere, deep inside, the reason he and Emily are such good friends is that they are perfect for one another. Even as Emily would give up her favorite mixers and cookie sheets rather than admit that she’s always dreamed of Tim in a far from platonic way. It wouldn’t be long before the ‘fake’ part of their relationship comes into question for them both – but who will break the tension first?
It’s hard to believe that this is only Curtis’ second book ever, and the small town setting that informs the ‘connection’ between these two long term friends, her ability to tell a story, and to bring us two characters that we want to know, hope only the best for, and even (a few times) want to knock their heads together to get them to see what we do all made this story one well worth reading, and sure to bring you back to Sapphire Springs to grab the first book in the series as you not so patiently wait for the next. Or perhaps that’s me speaking it into existence, in my hands, in a short while! This is a sweetly plausible series that allows you to make new friends, find a new place to want to visit, and a new author to add to the ‘auto-buy’ list.
Title: Only For You
Author: Barb Curtis
Series: Sapphire Springs #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Small Town
Published by: Forever
Published on: 27 July, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Barb Curtis returns to Sapphire Springs with this heartwarming romance where a small-town bakery owner finds herself in a fake relationship with the man she's always pined after.
Will a fake relationship between two friends lead to true love?
After having his heart broken on national television, Tim Fraser knows only one way to stop the gossip about his love life-a new girlfriend. The problem is, he's done with romance forever. A fake relationship with his friend and Sapphire Spring's sweetest baker, Emily Holland, seems the perfect solution to getting rid of his newfound fame, but their fleeting fauxmance is stirring up the kinds of feelings Tim has sworn off for good.
Emily has secretly lusted after Tim for years, but pretending her feelings are all for show never factored into her fantasy. Still, her decades-long crush makes it impossible to say no to Tim's proposal. But with each date, the lines between pretend and reality blur, giving Tim and Emily a tantalizing taste of life outside the friend zone . . . if they can find the courage to give real love a chance.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.