Charlee Jensen had what she considered the idyllic childhood growing up in a town named for that most prized emotion of all, Loveland, Colorado. At seventeen, her teenage crush, a man eight years older than her, marries and she naively thinks this is the worst thing that would ever happen to her. Then her parents divorce and her world crumbles. She finds herself being whisked away from her beloved home and estranged from her father.
Now eight years later, with two degrees that she never wanted in hand, and no job prospects, her father offers her a position with his CPA firm. With no other options available, Charlee accepts his offer and returns to the hometown she loved. While rebuilding her relationship with her father, she discovers that perhaps a romantic relationship is in the cards for her, with her old teenage crush, Ryan Carter, who just happens to still live next door and is now a partner in her father’s CPA firm.
Newly divorced and single dad, Ryan Carter, isn’t quite sure what to make of the girl next door, who’s all woman now. He finds himself having a hard time resisting this beautiful yet annoyingly charming woman, but their age difference and his complicated relationship with his ex-wife cause quite a bit of trouble for the couple. Ryan finds himself torn between keeping the peace with his ex-wife and mother of his child and his feelings for Charlee.
Can they successfully overcome their troubles in Loveland? Find out in this clean romance filled with sparks, humor, and of course, a little bit of trouble.
Another sweet, swoony romance by Jennifer Peel.
Ryan can almost seem like he’s too much — Charlee goes weak kneed whenever she sees him — but Ryan is far from perfect, which causes a lot of their problems. And she-doesn’t-know-she’s-beautiful Charlee seems a bit too perfect — as if she knows everything about relationships and life would be great if she and Ryan just did everything her way — but her insecurities and uncertainty about marrying a divorced dad also make things rough.
So you have a couple of too-beautiful people making mistakes and causing problems for themselves, as they should. It wouldn’t be any fun to read if everything worked out perfectly and they understood how to navigate all of their relationship issues. There were definitely times I wanted to smack Ryan and Charlee upside the head, but I love a book that can make care that much about the characters.
Rate PG/PG-13 for some kissing, some alcohol, and a skimpy bridesmaid’s dress. (Get your copy here.)