Rachel Bradford is finally living her dream as the star of her own interior design show. But ratings are slipping, and if she wants to save the show, she has to set an episode in the hometown she fled. Worst of all, she’s going to have to work with the cocky bad boy who humiliated her.

Single dad, Beckett Colburn plans to turn an old fire station into a neighborhood bar. He’s blindsided when he discovers his family made a deal to turn his dream into a reality TV project. He’d rather run into a burning building than work with his childhood nemesis–on camera.

But it’s not easy with a TV crew in town stirring up trouble, spreading rumors, creating a buzz. Not to mention the inconvenient sudden attraction that sparks every time Rachel and Beckett fight.

Titles in The Men of Lakeside series include – The July Guy – The Standby Guy – The Goodbye Guy –

Title:  The Goodbye Guy
Series:  The Men of Lakeside #3
Author:  Natasha Moore
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 20, 2020
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

The Goodbye Guy‘ is the third title in ‘The Men of Lakeside‘ series, and although I had not read the earlier books before this one I wasn’t the least bit lost in the series.  Anything that I needed to know was either in the dialogue or the narrative so I didn’t feel as if I was missing any pieces of the overall story.  I will go back and pick up the earlier ones, so that’s some indication of how much I enjoyed this world.

I think that most of us can agree that today we are not the same person we were back in high school, well, maybe 95% of us – there are those that never outgrew that awful hair or clothes style, just sayin’.  Yet when you leave town and don’t look back for a decade it’s hard to leave those high school years or the experiences there in the rearview mirror.  That’s sort of what both Rachel and Beckett are facing.  Both were horrid to each other in high school, each remembers that very clearly – and both went away, had an adult life elsewhere, and then came home to right now. So this couple, who are in or near their late 30s, early 40s, certainly should be acting a bit more grown-up over unexpected dents in their plans.  Yeah, no, not gonna happen here.

Beckett has returned home with his ten-year-old daughter, is living his dream of converting the old firehouse into a casual bar right up until he discovers that unknown to him his family has “helped” him by making the firehouse renovation an episode of a Home Renovation TV program – with his high school enemy as the hostess.  Rachel left town to follow the career she loves, not the one her family wanted for her.  Yet, ratings for her program are down and the producers have decided to return her to a much-hated hometown – and an old high-school enemy she never wanted to see again.

While I enjoyed ‘The Goodbye Guy‘ there were moments when Beckett and Rachel were acting like their younger selves in attitude and maturity a bit longer than I was comfortable with.  That’s my opinion, yours might be quite different but it put an edge to this story for me that I never really lost.  There is definitely a history between this couple, and it shows.  When they began working on moving past that was when this story took off, again for me.  I liked the couple they became today with the past firmly behind them, and parental units dealt with after all this time.  I think these two have a chance at that happy ending.  If you love a true enemy to lover kind of romance then you’d enjoy Rachel and Beckett in ‘The Goodbye Guy‘.

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