Published by HQN Books on October 23, 2018
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Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances, proves there’s nowhere better than Happily Inc to rekindle first love.
Silver Tesdal has a head for business and a mouth made for kissing, and banker Drew Lovato has his eye on both. But ever since he was dumb enough to let her go, she’s kept him at a distance. When the bank turns her down for a loan, Drew sees a double opportunity—he can finance her brilliant, unique idea to rock Happily Inc’s wedding industry and win back her trust.
Despite her reputation, Silver’s not as tough as she seems. Losing Drew nearly destroyed her. Still, his kisses are as tempting as his offer to invest in her business. If she can’t quite get over him, maybe she should get under him and knock him out of her system once and for all.
But her best laid plans begin to unravel as Silver finds herself falling even harder than when they were high school sweethearts. Which means that she’ll have to come clean about the secret she’s been hiding from him for years—and risk losing him forever.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
NOT QUITE OVER YOU, the fourth installment of the Happily, Inc. series by best-selling author Susan Mallory, is another heartwarming visit to the quirky little town that bears the same name as the series. Filled with even quirkier characters, it won’t take the readers long to get involved with their lives and loves.
This story belongs to Silver Tesdal, the feisty young woman with a questionable reputation. Most of the town of Happily, Inc. is built around the wedding business. Silver has found her niche with her own business, Alcohaul, which consists of a bar built into an old Airstream trailer that she can move from event to event. When she wants to expand her business by buying two more trailers, she is turned down by the town fuddy-duddy at the bank. She runs into former high school sweetheart Drew who is an officer of the bank which is owned by his family. He wants to help her, not only for old time’s sake but because he still has feelings for her. He offers to loan her the money for the trailers from his personal funds and he also offers to become a working shareholder in her business. Silver reluctantly agrees because she sees no other way to buy the trailers, but she’s not sure it’s such a good idea. She’s worried because not only is she still in love with Drew but also because she has been hiding a huge secret from him for years. Where do they go from here? Stay tuned!
Silver is a great heroine. She’s feisty, independent and determined to make her business a success. There is a vulnerability about her, too, especially when it comes to Drew. Drew, on the other hand, while a success at what he does, comes from a very privileged background and he has largely been shaped by his parents and what they want for him. His investment in Silver and her business is a symbolic declaration of independence from his family and their expectations.
The cast of secondary characters, many of whom have appeared in earlier books in the series, add considerable depth and warmth to the story. The complex, well-written story keeps you involved from start to finish, and leaves you holding your breath for the next installment.
NOT QUITE OVER YOU can be easily read as a standalone novel, but after reading this wonderful story, you are going to want to go back to read the other books in the series. Susan Mallery, you have another hit!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.