Hey y’all…welcome to DAY 17 of BLOGMAS: BEST BOOKS OF 2018! The very awesome and wonderful blogger, Sophie, over at Beware of the Reader is hosting this challenge where I will attempt to post about the BEST OF THE BEST in contemporary romance every day this month (already messed that up 😳). Go check out her blog!!🎅
I’m MOSTLY all caught up from last week so I’ll move on to today’s scheduled post: the BEST NEW AUTHOR READ. It was so awesome to be able to read several fabulous new-to-me authors this year. For example, I participated in FOSTER AN AUTHOR in October and had the privilege of meeting the super sweet, Lynn Mullican! But if I MUST choose just one, I’d go with:
Goodreads: Second Chance Charmer by Brighton Walsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
SECOND CHANCE CHARMER is a contemporary standalone and my first read from author Brighton Walsh.
Willow has been in love with the “bad boy,” Finn since they were teenagers. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks but this didn’t stop them from falling in love in high school. Until the day that Finn leaves town without a word. Fast forward ten years and now Finn and his twin are back to open a bar. Their chemistry is still there but can Finn mend Willow’s broken heart??
So, this kind of trope is an old one…boy meets girl, they fall hard, boy breaks girl’s heart, boy leaves then comes back to try to win her over. But you know, I really enjoyed this story! Maybe I’m just a sucker for a sweet romance but I LOVED the dynamics between Finn and Willow. Finn genuinely cared about his “Willowtree” and it was obvious from the very beginning. Ms. Walsh did an awesome job building up that delicious anticipation, that heart pounding moment when you know they’ll come together with a sexy BOOM!
The story has a good amount of family drama, mostly towards the end. But overall, this is one of those heartwarming, entertaining stories that had me turning pages simply for the joy of reading. Sexy AND sweet! Bonus, the secondary characters were fabulous! I can see this turning into a series, in fact I hope it does because I’d love to read about these other charismatic people.
Told from dual POVs with a happy ending. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
So, what’s your Best New Author of the year? Share in the comments, I’m always looking for new authors to try!🎅