Single mom-to-be Sadie Gray will do anything to find her younger brother before the law catches up with him. Even if it means returning home to the small town of Highland Falls with a baby due any moment. But when that moment comes sooner than expected, and Sadie finds herself stranded on the top of a mountain—in labor–she couldn’t be more grateful for the park ranger who finds her and helps deliver her daughter safely. Soon they’ve formed a tight friendship, and while he may be hinting at more, Sadie isn’t planning to stick around after she finds her brother.
FBI agent Chase Roberts wasn’t looking for love when he agreed to go undercover as a park ranger to find an on-the-run informant. But he can’t help being drawn to beautiful, warm-hearted Sadie and her sweet baby daughter. He’s always longed to put down roots and start a family. But how can he hope to keep Sadie’s trust when she finds out that his job is to arrest the brother she’s been looking for?
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Title: Falling in Love on Willow Creek
Series: Highland Falls #3
Author: Debbie Mason
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 29, 2021
My Rating: 4 stars
Falling in Love on Willow Creek is the third title in the Highland Falls series and delivers an intense story with more mystery and comfort than romance. I’ve enjoyed this series, but this time Chase and Sadie’s romance felt sidelined far behind the search for Sadie’s brother and other issues happening in the area, for me at least. That doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of this story in the least, I was charmed by the lovefest between Sadie’s newborn daughter and Chase, as Michaela seems to favor Chase over everyone else around which was adorable. I simply didn’t feel the romantic intensity that I expected.
It’s always a joy to return to this fictional town where everyone not only knows your name but your business as well. We’ll run into some familiar faces, and also meet some new ones. Since Chase was working undercover searching for Sadie’s brother, who is an informant gone missing, I was waiting for that particular shoe to drop for the moment that Sadie realizes that the man she trusts and is falling for has let her believe in a necessary lie. Trust is such a fragile thing, easily destroyed.
Falling in Love on Willow Creek is a good story, full of unanswered questions, a beginning love, and a town full of unique residents. The writing flows easily, the plot complex enough to keep my attention focused on what’s coming next, and adds a bit more to the Highland Falls series. I had a good time back in this world once more, and if you love a good romance with interesting characters and unusual issues to be dealt with then this story would be a perfect match for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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