This Can’t Be Love
Book 5, Whispering Bay Romance
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2018 RITA® Finalist for Best mid-length Contemporary Romance!
He’s not the marrying kind. She doesn’t believe in love. Both of them think a summer fling will be no big deal. Obviously, these two don’t stand a chance…
Luke Powers has a stellar career, a loaded bank account, and the perfect girlfriend. Or so he thought until she gives him a marriage ultimatum. Unfortunately, he’s just not the marrying kind. After working six months non-stop, all he wants now is a few weeks of R&R in the beach house his late grandfather left him in his hometown of Whispering Bay. But when he shows up late one night, he finds something totally unexpected—a naked blonde in his bed.
Sarah Jamison is the antithesis of perfect. She’s a college dropout, a bit of a slob, and annoyingly opinionated. But she also makes the best macaroni and cheese Luke has ever tasted. A roommate wasn't in Luke's summer plans, but she's here, so she and her macaroni might as well stay.
Sarah is in Whispering Bay long enough to help out a friend, then she’s off to greener pastures. Spending a few weeks with the attractive, but acerbic Luke, won't be any skin off her nose. Except, the two of them have more in common than she originally thought, and those blue eyes of his have a way of making her panties melt.
As things between them begin to heat up, Sarah and Luke have to admit they've definitely fallen in lust with one another. But in love? No way.
This can’t be love
Luke and Sarah are my favorite Whispering Bay couple, hands down. They are a great match in personality, charm and drive. This newcomer to town fits right in with the townspeople who Luke love and realizes he has missed after years of not being around.
While it's always nice to catch up with old friends from former books, sometimes it can be too much of a good thing. My only pet peeve in this read is Luke's mother, Ann. What a piece of work! Of course, I knew this, having read the rest of the series and experiencing her attitude in Mimi and Zeke's book. But I loved how respectful Luke was of her, even as I wanted to smack her!
Regardless of this, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Luke and Sarah fall in love, despite their protests and resistance to it. It made this fun read even better!!
I love visiting the seaside town of Whispering Bay, because it's a vacation destination that I could enjoy every summer because of the Mom & Pop shops where the charming, eccentric and downright nosy residents like to hang out. They're totally unapologetic about meddling in their neighbors' lives and it causes all kinds of chaos that never fails to amuse and makes me laugh out loud. After knowing these delightful characters through 5 previous books I know they're a friendly and supportive group that always come together to make their town a great place to live and that's what makes me love reading small town romance. Favorite son and part time resident, Luke Powers arrives in the middle of the night shocked to find a naked blonde stranger sleeping in his bed. Forced to tolerate each other Luke and Sarah are loners who have to learn to coexist which makes their relationship wonderfully engaging and so much fun to read. My favorite thing about this series is the soothing sound of waves lapping at the shore that runs in a loop through my head while I'm reading about life in this small southern town. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.