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Title: Falling for You
Author: Barb Curtis
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Page Count: 352
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
From the series that “fans of Susan Wiggs will find…to their liking” comes this irresistible story of a free spirit who falls for the last man she’d ever expect (Library Journal).
Just when recently evicted yoga instructor Faith Rotolo thinks her luck has run out, she inherits a historic mansion in quaint Sapphire Springs. Though Faith never imagined putting roots down anywhere, small-town life is growing on her, as is her fixer-upper house. If only her handsome new contractor, Rob Milan, would stop spoiling her daydreams with the realities of a major rehab…and his generally grouchy vibes.
A single dad of two, Rob doesn’t have much time for fantasy wish-list ideas his clients can’t afford. Then again, Faith’s creative energy might be exactly what he needs right now. But while Rob and Faith work to give her home the second chance it deserves, their spirited clashes wind up sparking a powerful attraction. As work nears completion, and Faith’s house becomes the shining jewel of the neighborhood, will she and Rob realize that they deserve a fresh start too?
Falling for You by Barb Curtis is the third book in the contemporary romance Sapphire Springs series. The common theme in this contemporary romance series is the setting of Sapphire Springs with the main couples in each book changing. Since each of the books is a new couple with a new story they can all be read and enjoyed as a standalone without reading the others in the series but there are glimpses of previous characters for those reading from the beginning.
The first book of the Sapphire Springs series brought a second chance romance, the second book had a fake dating trope and now we have an enemies to lovers type of story. Faith Rotolo is a free spirit who has been traveling around the world studying yoga wherever she lands. When Faith is contacted by an attorney out of the blue asking her to come to Sapphire Springs she can’t imagine what is in store for her but after arriving the lawyer let’s her know she’s inherited an old family home from a long lost relative of her mother’s.
Since Faith is not used to staying in one place she agrees to meet with an interested buyer that has been in contact with the lawyer, Rob Milan. Rob is now a single father looking for a wonderful home to share with his two children now that he is divorced. Rob’s ex wife had cheated with his best friend so Rob certainly wasn’t looking for another relationship but when Faith refuses to sell her inheritance Rob ends up working for her to restore the home and the two can’t deny their attraction.
I have followed the Sapphire Springs series from the beginning and had really enjoyed the first two books of the series so I was not surprised to find myself easily slipping right back into the quaint town again with this new couple. Enemies to lovers isn’t always my favorite trope due to some authors going a bit too far to making the characters enemies and making them simply unlikable but Faith and Rob were immediately easy to like and want to root for. I also do love when kids are involved and this had some really cute moments with them too so this turned out to be a great addition to a series I’d already come to love.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
A happily-ever-after-crafter at heart, Barb Curtis’ love for writing began with a quick-witted style column, and her background in marketing led to stints writing print and web copy, newsletters, and grant proposals. The switch to fiction came with the decision to pair her creativity with her love for words, and crafting characters and settings she could truly get lost in. Barb happily lives in a bubble in rural New Brunswick with her husband, daughter, and dog. You’ll find her restoring the century-old family homestead, weeding the garden, and no doubt whistling the same song all day long.