Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday: The Perfect Cure for the January Blahs

Mermaid Inn (Matchmaker Bay #1) by Jenny Holiday
Published: January 28th, 2020
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary romance
Tropes: Second chance romance
Heat level: Slow burn but then hot, hot, hot!
# of pages: 362
My rating: 4 stars
Acquired this book: From the publisher in exchange for honest consideration
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Buy now: Amazon Canada || Amazon US || Indigo

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.

Mermaid Inn was my first book by Jenny Holiday (although I bought One and Only as a to-me-from-me birthday gift last month and plan to read it soon). It was cute and funny with great characters, and I especially loved the Canadian setting. So few contemporary books are set in Canada, so I was thrilled to recognize nearby places and miscellaneous Canadiana (like the Milk calendar, which made me laugh because it was always a staple in my house).

Upon her great-aunt’s death, Eve inherits the Mermaid Inn, where she spent all her summers growing up. It’s been a decade since she stepped foot in Moonflower Bay; having her heart broken by her first love kept her away all these years. She returns with the intention of selling the inn as soon as possible, but it looks like her aunt is having a little fun from beyond the grave, hoping to keep Eve in the area. Enter Sawyer - the guy who did the heart breaking all those years ago and who now happens to be the chief of police, with his finger on the pulse of everything going on in Moonflower Bay - plus a bunch of nosy, meddling neighbours, and a few new friends, and you have a cast of characters who easily work their way into your heart.

I liked Eve and Sawyer together and separately. They both had issues to work through and past hurts to overcome. This story was fun, funny, and sexy with a great overall message of forgiveness and also finding your voice and having the courage to use it. If you love small-town romances, second chances at love, and if you’re a sucker for a book-loving heroine and a man in uniform like I am, be sure to pick up a copy of Mermaid Inn. It was the perfect cure for the January blahs.

Have you read Mermaid Inn? Do you have a favourite second-chance romance?

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