Title: Mermaid Inn
Author: Jenny Holiday
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Page Count: 481
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Eve Abbott has a problem–actually, make that a lot of problems. And they’re all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt’s beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She’s definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street…
Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He’s spent the past ten years trying to forget her–to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real… before Eve turns tail and leaves for good.
Includes the bonus novella Meant to Be by Alison Bliss!
Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday is the first book in the new contemporary romance Matchmaker Bay series. As with a lot of contemporary romance series the theme to the series is the setting and the main characters will change with each new book so they all can be read and understood as a standalone.
Mermaid Inn opens the series with Eve Abbott who is returning to Moonflower Bay, Ontario after the loss of her aunt. Eve has inherited her aunt’s business, the Mermaid Inn, and is not sure what to do with it. Growing up Eve is familiar with the town and the town busybodies who fancy themselves matchmakers and is hoping to avoid them and her ex, Sawyer Collins.
It’s been ten years since Eve left and her break up with Sawyer and both have been trying to forget one another and the break up. Not long after returning though Eve crosses paths with the one man she can’t put out of her mind and finds out he’s now the police chief of Moonflower Bay and the spark between them certainly hasn’t gone out after all these years.
Ok, two things I absolutely love are combined in this opening of the Matchmaker Bay series, second chance romance and an amazing small town beachy setting so I was hooked. Well, perhaps that should even be three things when you factor in the humorous older crowd in the background matchmaking along the way, adorable! I loved the main couple and the connection rekindling between them and thought this was just a wonderful opener to the series giving it all the stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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