Thank you to Harper and edelweiss for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Content warnings: death (before the book), Anxiety, panic attacks, mentions of suicide
Sadia is still dealing with the loss of her husband and she’s barely keeping her head above water with the family cafe she inherited from him. Then his brother, Jackson, comes back to town after fleeing 10 years ago when he was accused of arson. Sadia is conflicted over her feelings towards Jackson but knows she cannot turn down his offer to help with the cafe.
This book solidified this series as one of my absolute fave romance series. It’s diverse, it deals with heavy topics and all the characters so far are wonderful. I just have 1 book left in the series now and I just don’t want it to end, to be honest. This is one of the first romance series that I’ve actually had an emotional connection to.
I think I preferred the first novel a little bit more, but that was mainly because of the storyline being more up my street than this one. The writing is just as good as the first book and the characters are just as exciting to read about. So far I’ve just found this series so easy to read. I did enjoy that this was a kind of slow burn but also not a slow burn, because the characters have feelings for each other from the outset but they don’t realise how deep those feelings run until later one and I liked that little twist on my favourite kind of romance trope.
I loved Jackson, he was so loyal and really cared and he treated his nephew with such care, I love seeing that in a romance hero. And I loved Sadia’s strength to carry on despite her life falling apart. What stood out for me though, was that she has anxiety and panic attacks and they were featured on page. I feel like in romance characters are often shown to be strong through adversity but we never get to see their weaker moments, and they feel less human. But not in this novel, both Sadia and Jackson go through a lot of crap and it reads that way.
I also loved getting to see Nick and Livvy in little snippets as I just loved them int he first book. I am so excited to eventually get to the third book, which features Nick’s sister and I can’t wait to read about her as well as the cameos of the characters I already love. But I will be sad to see the series end.