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.
Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-one years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.
What I find annoying at times when reading clean romance, is some authors seem to lack in really hitting the true romance mark. Others seem to go overboard, and feel the need to preach to you. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a devout Christian, but don’t feel the need to be preached to during my relaxation time. Then there are the ones who lack in humor, and are very stiff. Don’t even get me going on the books that have characters you want to throttle due to their sheer stupidity and lack of depth.
So you see, it truly is very hard to find the right book.
Now let me say, this book is not lacking in any way. It is by far one of the best books I have read in a while. I got so involved in this book I read it in a little under 2 days in between work. That is saying a lot!
No need in me rehashing the storyline, the blurb gives you a pretty detailed idea of what it is all about.
Charlee is a very strong, witty, mature lady, who I really connected to. She is hilarious, and I found myself laughing out loud through most of the book due to her clever mind and fun banter.
Ryan, he is a bit of a work in progress. I found myself wanting to slap him several times throughout the book, and each time a little harder. He really needed to get his act together. I’m glad he finally did, and the road there was a great ride.
This book had me feeling all sorts of emotions, happiness, joy, butterflies in my tummy, hurt, pain, sadness, heart-wrenching despair, you name it, it was in this read. I laughed, I smiled, I cried, I sighed, and in the end I got my Happily Ever After!
If I had to recommend one read to pick up right now, this would be it. Give it a go, and you will not regret it.
I have put all of Miss Peel’s other works on my kindle to enjoy on my upcoming holiday, because I can’t wait to read more! Miss Peel, you have a new fan!