Release date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Welcome back to Sweetwater Springs, North Carolina for a heartwarming second-chance romance between a quirky café owner and a handsome park ranger.
With summer just around the corner, Emma St. James is eagerly planning a 5K run at Sweetwater Springs National Park. But first she needs the help of one charming, rugged, and handsome park ranger. Her brief high school romance with Jack Hershey may have ended in heartbreak, but Emma can’t deny that he still gives her butterflies. So when Jack responds to her request with an all-too-tempting plea to pretend to be his girlfriend for the summer, how can she say no?
Jack would do anything for his sister — even pretend to give up his bachelor life to care for his nephew. Passing his days with his high school sweetheart guarantees one long, hot summer — but only because every moment together leaves him wanting a real relationship. He can’t imagine spending another season without Emma by his side. Can he convince her to give their love a second chance before the summer draws to a close?
I know I say this every single time I review one of the authors books but I’m saying it again, this is hands down my new favorite in the series! This is book five and while you could definitely read it as a standalone, I think you would be missing out if you started here. Every single book is just incredibly charming and by now the characters feel like friends and I love checking in with past couples in each new installment. I’m telling you, if small town romances are your thing don’t miss this series.
This book follows Emma and Jack and I’ve been dying to hear Emma’s story for some time now. It’s a second chance romance, but Emma and Jack were in high school when they briefly dated so seeing if they could make it work as adults was seriously adorable. I love a couple with some backstory and history and I adored both of them. They had great chemistry and their developing romance was both sweet and sexy. This one gave me all the feels and Emma is dealing with her mother’s death so there was definitely an emotional component alongside the romance. Another cozy and warm addition to the cutest series, definitely recommended by me!
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.