Firefighter Luke Marini moved to the small town of Sweetwater Springs with the highest of hopes – new town, new job, and new neighbors who know nothing of his past. And that’s just how he wants to keep it. But it’s nearly impossible when the gorgeous brunette next door decides to be the neighborhood welcome wagon. She’s sugar, spice, and everything nice – but getting close to someone again is playing with fire.
Brenna McConnell put college on hold to raise her little sister. Now that Eve is grown, Brenna is ready to leave Blueberry Creek and finish what she started. Moving on isn’t easy, however, when her gruff new neighbor gives Eve a dangerous firefighting job. And yet, even as Brenna is telling him off for putting her sister in harm’s way, she can’t deny the sizzling chemistry between them. She put her dreams on hold once. Is she willing to make that sacrifice again for a chance at forever?
Titles in the Sweetwater Springs series include — Christmas on Mistletoe Lane – A Wedding on Lavender Hill (#1.5) –Springtime at Hope Cottage – Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs (#2.5) – Snowfall on Cedar Trail – Starting Over at Blueberry Creek –
Includes the bonus novella “Sealed With a Kiss” by Melinda Curtis!
Title: Starting Over at Blueberry Creek
Series: Sweetwater Springs #4
Author: Annie Rains
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 25, 2020
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I always love returning to Sweetwater Springs and Starting Over at Blueberry Creek only adds to my enjoyment of this series full of small-town antics, relatable and believable characters, and a place that simply screams peace, hope, and joy (and maybe a bit of chaos and laughter) await you here.
Brenna and Luke both have issues that are still affecting them to this day. Luke is very closed-mouthed about his past but he’s not about to make the same mistakes in Sweetwater Springs, no matter how much he’s attracted to his new neighbor, Brenna. At the time of their parents’ accident, Brenna had to make a life-changing decision – continue on with her college plans of becoming a teacher or return home to run her family’s catering business and raise her younger sister, Eve in their home so that she would not lose everything she knows in one sweep. She’s made sacrifices, loving ones, but now that Eve is about to set off on her adult life it might be time for Brenna to revisit those dreams of hers. Except – Eve’s new job puts her in dangerous situations, ones that Brenna fights against. And there’s that slow burn feeling about Luke, the what if’s that plague her mind around him. Life is about to change for Brenna and Luke, as well as finding the courage to take risks that could lead to a forever kind of future together. First, they’ll have to deal with the current state of affairs between them, and build some trust in each other along the way.
I’m going to be frank in saying that I didn’t like Eve even a little bit. She’s the most self-centered, self-serving, rude, attitude-filled character I’ve run across in a long time. What her sister sacrificed for her benefit didn’t deserve what Eve dished out to Brenna. That’s all I’m going to say, you can make up your own mind about Eve.
I enjoyed Brenna’s and Luke’s romance very much. (I ignored Eve for the most part for she annoyed me so much.) Theirs is a slow burn romance, a taking a risk kind of situation. They’ll make mistakes, say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and butt heads more often than not but they fit if they can just take a chance on each other and trust their feelings. I loved catching up with old friends from Sweetwater Springs, and I am definitely looking forward to my next visit.
*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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