Lauren Donalan was once Whispering Bay’s golden girl—the rich, bubbly blonde cheerleader who married the high school football star. When her mediocre marriage falls apart, she returns home and starts a vintage clothing business, determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face with a trust fund.
Nate Miller may have been a nerd in high school, but now he has a beautiful girlfriend and is set to take over Doc Morrison’s medical practice. Still, the good folks of Whispering Bay find his no-nonsense approach more than a little unsettling, leaving his future in town a great big question mark. And things go even further downhill when his well-intentioned marriage proposal goes awry.
Lauren doesn’t need a man to complete her, yet when she finds herself set up on a date with Nate, she can’t help but notice how sexy and confident he is. In fact, every time the former introvert kisses her, she sees fireworks. But, only a big love will make Lauren change her mind about commitment. As Nate attempts to win Lauren over, a real estate co-op threatens Lauren’s business—and Nate’s ex still has a thing or two to say about their previous relationship. Now Lauren has to decide to go big or go home, in business, as well as in love.
Review: It was nice to be back in Whispering Bay. This time it is Nate and Lauren’s story but the story embraces all the characters we’ve met before along with some new ones. The interrelationships are all encompassing and I really feel like I’m a part of Whispering Bay through the character interactions and the vivid descriptions of the buildings, the town, the businesses and even Thursday nights with the Bunco Babes!
Lauren and Nate have immediate chemistry when they meet up again even though they went to high school together but didn’t run in the same circles. He’s now a small town doctor that returned to where he grew up and it was interesting to see him with Doc Morrison and their medical practice. Watching Lauren and Nate’s relationship grow from friendship with only a few episodes of backpedaling was fun to watch. They got each other when others didn’t and were also very good for each other. Nate was always supportive of Lauren and always asked about her, her family and her business. He also threw some great ideas her way about her business and what she might want to think about regarding it that were spot on and gave her the confidence she needed to be a true businesswoman. She and Dhara, her employee at the shop, worked well together and it was great to see them be more than employer/employee and how they bounced ideas off each other. It was sad to see the decline of Lauren’s vibrant dad with his episodes of forgetfulness due to his Alzheimer’s and the effect on his caregivers. Nate’s ex-girlfriend and almost fiancee, Jessica, was a piece of work and her thoughts and actions were incomprehensible. She always had to be the center of attention and she thought what she wants is what she gets. It was nice to see her get her comeuppance! Ted Ferguson, a businessman, was a sleaze and it was great to see how he got what he deserved more than once.
There were family and friends, townspeople, the festival, dates, ideas, Bunco night, heartache, tears, sadness, loss, happiness, new loves and a happily ever after. There were some twists and turns to the story and I loved what Lauren accomplished for her business as well with Dhara’s help and ideas. I enjoyed the interactions with Nate and his office staff, Hector, his dog and his sister and mom. There was nice closure and some loose ends tied up but knowing we would be back in Whispering Bay with the third book of the series, That Man of Mine, is the icing on the cake. I’d love to revisit Whispering Bay with a holiday novella (hint, hint) especially if book three will be the end of the series.
This series is the first books that I have read by Geraci. She is an author that I will be on the lookout for as she releases new books. I will be adding her other books to my always growing TBR pile!
Favorite Quote: He thought their kiss had been Earth-shattering! She felt a moment’s relief to discover that it hadn’t been just her.