Publisher: Signet Eclipse—Penguin Group LLC
Published date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received for a honest review
Book Description (from amazon)
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Gabby Goodwin had more to prove than the rest of Cricket Creek. Even now, as the successful owner of the local flower shop, she hasn’t forgotten her humble beginnings. So when her high school crush, the former class bad boy, walks back into her life, she keeps him at arm’s length, protecting her heart—and her pride.
Reese Marino gave up most of his wild ways years ago, graduating from college and becoming part owner of his uncle’s pizza parlor. The fact that Gabby still treats him like a troubled teenager drives him mad, but that’s not the only thing about the sassy florist driving him to distraction. Despite Gabby’s reluctant attitude, Reese is determined to win her over and show her that love often blooms right where you least expect it.
Another heart-warming tale from Cricket Creek. Simply a beautifully written novel by Luann McLane.
Gabby Goodwin has it bad for Reese Marino. From the first time he talked to her and bought her a candy necklace, she knew she was in love. But when Reese’s dad walked out of their life, Reese became Mr. Bad Guy. He got in trouble, made all the wrong choices and was exactly the type of guy that Gabby’s mom warned her about. When Reese’s mom sent him to Chicago to live with his uncle, Gabby knew it was for the best. But now he’s back in Cricket Creek and that old flame is burning hot again…but Gabby knows he’s not Mr. Stable and Reliable and after the childhood Gabby suffered, she knows she needs someone who can be her rock, especially now that her mother is dead. But Reese refuses to leave her alone. He’s always there, making her heart flutter. Should she risk everything she’s built to be with Reese or should she keep her distance and find a man like her mother would want for her?
Reese Marino loves Gabby and has for quite some time, but Reese knows that all Gabby sees when she looks at him is the screwed up teenage he used to be. He’s not that guy anymore. He’s a college graduate and part owner of the Pizza Shop in Cricket Creek. He’s steady and dependable and all he wants is a chance to show Gabby that he can be the man she wants him to be. But the more he tries to show her, the more she seems to push him away. Reese knows he must have patience with her, but her constant doubt in him is starting to wear thin. Can Reese convince her that his love and devotion is real or will Gabby throw him over for a man in a suit and tie?
I love all these novels from Cricket Creek. Every time I receive a new one, I can’t wait to crack the cover and start reading and this one does not disappoint! I loved the way that Reese was once the bad boy with tattoos and a past that was less than perfect but managed to turn his life around and come back for the woman he’s always loved. There were times in this novel that I wished I could reach in the pages and give Gabby a good hard shake for her treatment of Reese, but that’s just a sign of a superbly written novel with well-planned and detailed characters! I enjoyed the side story of Reese’s Uncle Tony and Trish and how they both were able to overcome bitter divorces to find love again. I would dearly love to read a novel or even a novella about Reese’s Mom and Dad and see them get back together! Overall a wonderfully written novel that I enjoyed reading from start to finish. Don’t miss this latest installment in the Cricket Creek Series; it’s a great stand-alone read, so pick up your copy today and be swept away by Cricket Creek!
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilP
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