on June 1st 2018
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There’s no place to fall in love like the place you left your heart
Welcome to Honeymoon Harbor, the brand-new, long-awaited series by beloved New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross, where unforgettable characters come face-to-face with the kind of love that grabs your heart and never lets go.
Working as a Las Vegas concierge, Brianna Mannion is an expert at making other people’s wishes come true. It’s satisfying work, but a visit home to scenic Honeymoon Harbor turns into a permanent stay when she’s reminded of everything she’s missing: the idyllic small-town charm; the old Victorian house she’d always coveted; and Seth Harper, her best friend’s widower and the neighborhood boy she once crushed on—hard. After years spent serving others, maybe Brianna’s finally ready to chase dreams of her own.
Since losing his wife, Seth has kept busy running the Harper family’s renovation business and flying way under the social radar. But when Brianna hires him to convert her aging dream home into a romantic B and B, working together presents a heart-stopping temptation Seth never saw coming. With guilt and grief his only companions for so long, he’ll have to step out of the past long enough to recognize the beautiful life Brianna and he could build together.
~~Reviewed by Amy~~
I read a lot of Jo Ann Ross in the past. Her Shelter Bay series was one of my favorites. I don’t know why I hadn’t read her in a while. I had forgotten how wonderful her books are. What a treat to return to her books just in time for the start of a new series. After reading Herons Landing, I’d say her Honeymoon Harbor series promises to be just as addicting as Shelter Bay. And with her vivid descriptions of the Pacific Northwest, like Shelter Bay, Honeymoon Harbor is a place I plan to visit again.
Brianna Mannion was living what she’d thought was her dream job as a concierge at a glamorous Las Vegas resort. She’d worked long and hard to get there. But each step up the ladder only brought more responsibility and stress. She wasn’t happy any more. When she sees her favorite old Victorian, Herons Landing, is up for sale in her hometown, she knows it’s time to head home. As a child, it had been her dream house. She’d always envisioned opening up a B&B there. Now she could restore it to the grand home it had once been. The only problem was, she’d need the expertise of the one man she’d been in love with since childhood. A man who’d never seen her as anything more than a friend. A man who had married her best friend, Zoe. She hadn’t seen him since Zoe’s funeral two years ago.
Seth Harper was known for his family’s construction business and their work in restoring the Victorian buildings in his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor. Rebuilding other people’s houses was what was left of what had once been his life. Even after two years, he was still struggling with the death of his wife, Zoe. He felt numb, holding on to a dream that would never happen. When he and Zoe’s childhood friend, Brianna, returns home to restore Herons Landing, Seth is eager to take on the work. Two old friends embarking on a joint project that would prove equally fulfilling and profitable is just what he needs to keep him from losing himself in the funk he’d been living in. But when Brianna Harper returns, Seth notices things about her he’d never noticed before. And the feelings he starts to have for her are too close to desire for comfort.
I loved Seth and Bri’s story. I ached for both of them. Brianna had loved Seth her whole life but he’d never seen her as more than his best friends’ sister. When he’d married Zoe, Brianna had moved from town to the city never looking back. She’d stayed in touch with Zoe but didn’t think she could live in the same town watching them live the life she’d dreamed of. She’d thought she could continue to be just Seth’s friend when she returned but the attraction was still there and it was even harder to hide now that they were working side by side. Seth lived with constant reminders of Zoe. Even seeing her parents weekly to reminisce over old photos He was lost in grief and didn’t know how to let go. Working together on the B&B, Seth felt an enthusiasm he hadn’t felt for a long time. He liked spending time with Bri. Because of her, the anger and pain he’d been mired in were disappearing. But he was afraid to feel more and that fear of ever losing someone he loved again could keep him from having the future he deserved and so desperately wanted.
I love the small town dynamic of this series. Where people are like family. And like family, they can drive you crazy but they’re also there to support you when needed. There was so much more to this book than just Bri and Seth’s story. There were side stories going on with friends and family. I was every bit as intrigued by those stories as I was by the romance. This was so much more than a second chance love story. It was a story of family, life, passion, disappointment, fears, and loss. And most importantly, it was a story of daring to love again in spite of those fears and loss. I’m so glad I found Jo Ann Ross again. I can’t wait for more of this series. There are so many secondary characters I’m anxious to know more about that I’m eager for a return visit to Honeymoon Harbor.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.