SYNOPSIS: BRIAR MITCHELL is home in Cedar Point – single, broke and unemployed. Back in the town she tried so hard not to get stuck in. A job at the local grocery will have to do until she figures out what’s next, even if it means working for her teenage crush. Not that he noticed her back then. ANDY MARSHALL has always loved the small town life. Things might be rough at the moment – the family business is struggling and his dad’s health has taken a turn – but he’s trudging forward. What he doesn’t see coming is the attraction he feels towards his newest employee.
Choosing to explore their instant chemistry, Briar and Andy embark on a no-strings ride they hope will provide a few things they each desperately need. Sweet friendship, sexy fun, and a chance to escape from a life that isn’t going according to plan. But in the face of a town disaster, they start to realize that maybe there’s something more between them. Something with a depth they weren’t expecting. Something that feels a lot like falling in love.
Review: This one was definitely cute! I think that seeing Briar’s growth throughout the book was really satisfying. It was interesting because after I got a little glimpse of Andy in Book 1, The Trouble with Wanting, I didn’t really know how to feel about him as a character. Then his first impression in this book isn’t the greatest either. Luckily, as I got to know him as a reader throughout the book, I liked him more and more. The situations that pushed Andy and Briar both to grow individually, as well as a couple, really made this a great read. This series has been so much fun and I’ve been left with a smile at the end of each book! There’s something really nice about the lack of big unnecessary drama that happens in a lot of romance books. The characters go through things, there’s difficult times and misunderstandings, and they don’t always handle everything in the best way, but it’s very human and not overly dramatic. It’s something that I really enjoy about Jillian Leota‘s writing in general. Plus, there tends to be an on-going message that going to therapy is normal (spoiler alert: it totally is). I love it. I can’t wait to find out what happens with the rest of the Mitchell family in The Cedar Point Series!
SYNOPSIS: Ruby Roberts is heading to Cedar Point to connect with the father who left her behind. A handsome stranger on her cross-country flight isn’t what she’s expecting, but their relaxed smiles and easy conversation leaves free-spirited Ruby wanting something… more. Boyd Mitchell is flying home for some end-of-summer relaxation and time with his favorite people – his family. A talkative seat-mate that pulls him out of his carefully crafted shell is the last thing he wants, but he can’t seem to resist her charm. When Boyd and Ruby end up in the same lakeside town, their banter and flirtation quickly become a steamy fling that leaves them both breathless. Neither of them are expecting to find a romance that has them both reconsidering everything they believe about love. As their time in Cedar Point comes to an end, the two will have to decide whether they want their connection to turn into a real-world relationship, or whether wanting more is nothing but trouble.
Review: I sincerely love when an author can make me go from not really feeling a character to being absolutely in love with them. I wouldn’t say I didn’t like Boyd in the beginning, but the airplane scene didn’t really make me like him that much as a male character. I’m all about male leads that are super into the female leads, and he was so standoffish. What’s interesting though is that I think he was super into her, but he’s so stuck in his ways that he can’t get past that. This total coincidence only happens in a romance, but it was so perfect! I also really appreciate the journey these to go on and the growth they both experience together. Something I really love about Jillian Liota‘s books is that there’s always this realness to the characters that makes them so relatable. Ruby is so heavily impacted by her past experiences and Boyd is so understanding when it comes to everything she’s dealt with. He sticks around and that makes him so much more amazing as a male lead. Seriously, Boyd’s growth as a character is what won me over in this on. Ruby and Boyd come from completely different families which also impacts how they interact with each other. And when we meet Boyd Mitchell’s family, it definitely makes me wanna know all about them! I’m very excited to dive into the series and see what happens all of his siblings in Cedar Point.