Review: This Can’t Be Love by Maria Geraci

This Can’t Be Love by Maria Geraci
Series: Whispering Bay Romance  (# 5)
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher:  self published
Pages:  234
Source: book provided by author for review



Welcome to the world of Whispering Bay romance, where hot heroes and smart heroines collide to find their happily-ever-afters!

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.


Review:  It was great to be back in Whispering Bay with Sarah, Luke and his family and the Bunco Babes too. It’s the fifth book in the series and I felt I never left!  The continuation of the story flowed nicely and there was a depth to this story and Sarah and Luke’s relationship that I didn’t expect.

Luke is all male and Sarah notices right away upon unexpectedly meeting him naked in his bed.  The characters had many layers to them but while getting closer as only friends and nothing more they revealed their innermost feelings to each other and seemed surprised to be doing so.  Their chemistry, which they tried not to act on, was immediate and combustible.  Luke’s ex-girlfriend was a piece of work that he was lucky to be rid of although some others, namely  her friends and family and his mom, didn’t think so.  There were a lot of interactions between the characters and the moments seemed real.  I loved that Sarah didn’t always have a filter for her thoughts but she was never malicious in her actions.

There were small town antics, the beach and the town, small businesses, family and friends, laughter, tears, sorrow, anger, hurt, support and a happily ever after with nice closure.  There were a myriad of stories going on that were interwoven seamlessly.  I for one hope we’ll be back in Whispering Bay over and over again.

Geraci is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to reading more of her books.  Whispering Bay is reminiscent to me of books by Kate Angell and Neve Cottrell.

Favorite Quote:  “I’m here,” he said, his voice quiet and thick with emotion.  “Just tell me when, and we’ll be there.”

“That’s great,” she said, trying to keep her voice from cracking.  “And, Dad? In case I never told you before, I love you.”

“I love you, too, Sarah.  I always have.”