Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback

Published date:  November 26, 2013

ISBN-10: 1250019230

ISBN-13:  978-1250019233

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

As a successful criminal prosecutor, Preston Cantrell thrives in the hustle and bustle of Baltimore. Much as he loved his grandmother, the cozy streets of his hometown aren’t enough for him—not when he can make a real difference in the city. To get back to his career, all he needs is a new home for the energetic puppy he inherited. But when the gorgeous woman who arrives to adopt finds the dog more appealing than he is, Preston’s determined to plead his case.

Heaven Montgomery is still shaky after an accident almost claimed her life—and her doctor thinks having a pet would help her deal with the post-traumatic stress. The plan is for Heaven to take her new puppy back home to Boston…but Sweetland’s warmth and charm is irresistible. Why should she rush back to the chill and snobbery of her city? In Just Like Heaven by Lacey Baker, Heaven’s learning, with Preston’s help, that life doesn’t always care about the plans you’ve made. Sometimes you just need to let fate—and love—create its own sweet magic.

Your Thoughts

A charming love story of renewal and fate by Lacey Baker.  When Heaven Montgomery heads to Sweetland, she expects to return home with a puppy, but instead she finds Preston Cantrell and his siblings.  Recovering from an explosion at her pharmaceutical laboratory, the pace and comfort of Sweetland is exactly what she needs to help her overcome some of her residual fears.  Preston is almost immediately attracted to Heaven, but knows that anything between them must be short lived since he will be returning to his job in Baltimore and Heaven will return home to Boston, with Coco, the puppy.  As Heaven and Preston spend time together, they both realize that they are experiencing some strong feelings for each other, and Heaven just can’t seem to walk away from them.  Maybe Preston is the one who can help her heal, and finally give her everything she’s always wanted, if only she could get him to open up and see it.  But will her former life come back and ruin everything Heaven is trying to create for herself in Sweetland?  And will Preston be willing to finally see their relationship is worth sticking around for?

The next story in Lacey Baker’s Sweetland series is a fun, entertaining read that will leave you with a smile on your face.  I really enjoyed all the characters in the story and the picturesque setting of Sweetland.  While there were parts of the book that I found a little lacking, overall the plot was well developed and engaging.  The added part of the mystery behind the explosion at Heaven’s plant and the attacks on her in Sweetland, gave the novel a bit of a mystery to unravel, which gave the story a little more depth, although I do wish there had been a little more closure regarding this.  The love story between Heaven and Preston is very sweet and enjoyable, and has a few tense moments that will leave you wondering if they will have their happy ending.  Heaven’s mother Opaline, is portrayed as a snobbish socialite, and one the reader can easily detest, but I think my favorite character of all was Sylvester, the boyfriend of Preston’s recently deceased grandmother.  His words of wisdom and ability to be there at just the right moment with a candid comment is truly entertaining.  Overall, a novel worth reading, even if you haven’t read others in the Sweetland series.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilP

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