Tanner Harlow is a talented landscape designer, quietly building a name and a solid future when he finds himself needing to be the temporary guardian to his eleven-year-old half-sister. Tanner loves her, but can’t see himself as a father figure or imagine how he’s going to build his business during his busiest season with a child in tow until his newest client—his high school crush who still makes his heart pound—has a proposition that will help them both as long as Tanner can resist the tempting lure of the girl next door. 

Elementary school teacher Francie Tate moved back to Marietta to be close to her ailing father. She plans to settle in and fix up her little bungalow before the school year starts, but definitely needs help with the neglected yard. She’s shocked when the landscaper she hired turns out to be a class mate. Tanner used to be shy in school, but he isn’t the same kid anymore–he’s tall, sexy, and has the most striking brown eyes she’s ever seen. When Francie learns of Tanner’s need for child care, she impulsively offers to watch his half-sister for the summer in return for some landscaping and renovations around the house. 

It seems like a win-win, but Francie didn’t bargain on falling in love.

Titles in The Harlow Brothers series include:  Tanner’s Promise – Luke’s Gift –

Title:  Tanner’s Promise
Series:  The Harlow Brothers #1
Author:  Kaylie Newell
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 2, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

If you’re a reader who categorizes your stories by trope then Tanner’s Promise is going to be a grab bag of surprises for you.  Since Tanner and Francie were classmates at one time, and there was a bit of a crush going on,  you might see this as a second chance romance… or you might also see it as a friends to much more romance.  Me?  I simply see it as a very good, intriguing romance and let the characters tell me their unique story.

Tanner certainly isn’t a ladies man, but is is devoted to one thing right now… building his business.  When he has to step into a father’s role, temporarily at least, it’s a bit of a culture shock for him.  He loves his little half-sister, Maddie, he really truly does — but a work-site is no place for a  kid, but with no choice she tags along on the job.  His newest client just might have a solution — and she just might capture his heart, again, as well.

Francie didn’t expect to be back  home in Marietta, but life and one ill father changed those plans.  So, she has a tiny house that needs some love especially the yard.  She never expected the landscaper to turn out to be an old shy classmate, who certainly isn’t so shy now.  She also didn’t expect the adorable little girl who also showed up for work each day, and once she realized the situation Francie stepped in to offer an option.  Yes, she certainly could entertain Maddie and enjoy it as well… but it also gave her another connection to Tanner as they all spent one summer together.  Maybe by summer’s end that growing love between them could become a full time occupation.

I loved Tanner’s Promise.  I enjoy a story where a character is taken outside of their personal comfort zone and learns something new about themselves.  And watching former classmates reconnect and discover the people they are today is also an enjoyable experience.  Tanner and Francie fit well together, there was no great stretching of the imagination to make them fit.  At times, Maddie stole the show and my heart.  Kids and puppies will always do that to me.  I had fun on this trip back to Marietta, my favorite fictional town, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the Harlow brothers.  An interesting, satisfying series that’s off to a great start, I’d definitely recommend Tanner’s Promise to any reader who simply loves to fall in love with characters.

*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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