Annie Rains comes to the blog with the fourth book in the Sweetwater Sprngs series, bringing heat, heart and healing with
Starting Over at Blueberry Creek
Luke bought the little house on Blueberry Creek when he moved over to join the Sweetwater Springs Fire Department. He’s been there working hard at his job, staying removed from the neighbors, and generally just keeping his head down. Involvement, whether of the friendship or romantic kind just isn’t for him, and his relocation to Sweetwater Springs was partly egged on by a relationship and living situation that ended badly. Now he’s the proud owner of a rather burn-marked but cheerful rescued dog, and a traumatic past.
Brenna has spent the past years, since her parents were killed in a roadside accident, raising her little sister, while keeping her mother’s business, A Taste of Heaven, going. With only one year left to get her degree and dream job of teacher, she’s hoping that Eve will take some interest in any one of the multitude of college brochures and information she’s been collecting, and give up her attitude and dream of becoming a firefighter. She’s noticed the new neighbor, spoken few words to him, but thinks that it’s the right time to deliver a box of “welcome’ doughnuts, a tradition she inherited from her mother, and one she won’t give up.
If you’re paying attention: you’ll know that Brenna and Luke are destined for couple hood – and that her struggles with her sister Eve, her own dreams to teach, and all of the associated dangers with firefighting, as well as cuteness from rescued animals will be found here. But the progression of Luke and Brenna’s relationship is only part of the magic here. Rains has an amazing way of making you a part of the story and community -highlighting friendships, issues, community and that small-town vibe where everyone “knows” everyone else, and for the most part are there to support, cheer on and even protect one another, even as they welcome in the newcomers who ‘prove’ their worth. With returning moments in a place that has come to be familiar, and favorites from earlier series in offering friendship, advice, laughs and some serious fun, the story is loaded with the sense that Sweetwater Springs is a place of hope, healing and love – and you never want to leave. If you’ve never read an Annie Rains title – grab them now. I’ve read her books since her debut in 2015 – and have yet to have a title that doesn’t leave me smiling – after it all ends.
Title: Starting Over at Blueberry Creek
Author: Annie Rains
Series: Sweetwater Springs #4
Also in this series: Christmas on Mistletoe Lane, Springtime at Hope Cottage, Snowfall on Cedar Trail, Sunshine on Silver Lake, Season of Joy, Reunited on Dragonfly Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Southern
Published by: Forever
Published on: 25 February, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ Barnes&Noble ♦ iTunes ♦ Kobo ♦ IndieBound ♦ Google ♦Direct from Publisher
USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains welcomes you back to Sweetwater Springs, North Carolina, with a charming friends-to-lovers story between a sexy fireman and the beautiful woman who mends his heart.
Should they fan the flames or douse this fire before someone gets seriously burned?
Firefighter Luke Marini moved to the small town of Sweetwater Springs with the highest of hopes – new town, new job, and new neighbors who know nothing of his past. And that’s just how he wants to keep it. But it’s nearly impossible when the gorgeous brunette next door decides to be the neighborhood welcome wagon. She’s sugar, spice, and everything nice – but getting close to someone again is playing with fire.
Brenna McConnell put college on hold to raise her little sister. Now that Eve is grown, Brenna is ready to leave Blueberry Creek and finish what she started. Moving on isn’t easy, however, when her gruff new neighbor gives Eve a dangerous firefighting job. And yet, even as Brenna is telling him off for putting her sister in harm’s way, she can’t deny the sizzling chemistry between them. She put her dreams on hold once. Is she willing to make that sacrifice again for a chance at forever?
Includes the bonus novella “Sealed With a Kiss”by Melinda Curtis!
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.