Serenity’s Song by Cathryn Hein

He’s got a history of bad decisions—is he finally about to make the right one?

Jesse Hargreaves can’t outrun his notorious bad boy reputation. Betrayed by a woman he trusted, he retreats to his hometown, Wirralong, to serve as his brother’s best man and rebuild his life. But change isn’t easy, and it’s even harder when Jesse has to fight his fierce attraction to the maid of honor—a woman well aware of the darkness in his past.

Beautician Serenity Strachan’s flippant one-liners and vibrant hair colors are armor to protect her fragile heart. She’s always crushed on Jesse, but she’s determined to keep him and his sordid past at an arm’s length. That’s easier said than done when Jesse asks Serenity to help renovate an old property. And when they’re trapped underground in a tunnel cave-in, their emotional barriers fall faster than the tunnel walls.

When the rescue arrives, they question their new emotional intimacy. Can Serenity trust this new Jesse with her heart? And can Jesse trust that Serenity will ignore the lure of a fortune to keep his secrets safe?

Titles in the Outback Brides Return to Wirralong multi-author series include — Matilda Next Door by Kelly Hunter – Maeve’s Baby by Fiona McArthur – Serenity’s Song by Cathryn Hein – A Nanny Called Alice by Barbara Hannay

Title:  Serenity’s Song
Series:  Outback Brides Return to Wirralong #3
Author:  Cathryn Hein
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 31, 2020
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Serenity’s Song‘ is the third title in the multi-author series, ‘Outback Brides Return to Wirralong‘, and this one will pull at your heart and your emotions from start to finish.

It took me a bit to warm up to Jesse, he has an attitude that can be annoying, yet… from what’s happened to him in his life perhaps he can own that attitude with some really hard knocks along the way.  Eventually, as he and Serenity got closer, secrets were revealed, and the connection between these two becomes apparent (beyond a youthful crush) I was rooting for Jessie to win his lady.  I can’t say that I loved the man, but I liked him plus he is perfect for the vibrant Serenity.

Serenity may have crushed on Jesse once upon a time, but he’s a real danger right now with his questionable decisions and his bad-boy reputation.  She’s agreed to help him with a project, one that will result in an accidental close encounter for them that will bring out the emotions both have tried to keep under wraps.  I adored Serenity, and her friendship with Elsa is something everyone needs in their lives.

Saying much more would result in spoilers, so I’m going to close with the fact that I enjoyed ‘Serenity’s Song‘ very much, liked the characters, loved the involvement of the small town (even the gossips), and had a good time back in this world once again.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. 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.*

Available for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle

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