28 May 2014

Review: Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

Decisions ...

Autumn Kingsley operates Kingsley Inn, the family bed-and-breakfast in Whisper Shore, even though it was never her dream. The Inn is facing financial pressure, although getting the booking for a wedding will help … even if the wedding is for her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Blaze Hunziker is back in town, and she somehow gets roped into planning the town winter festival with him, despite the fact that his father owns her main competitor, and her sister used to date his brother.

The character of Autumn was frustrating and admirable all at the same time. She doesn’t want to be managing Kingsley Inn, yet won’t give up on trying to make a success of the business against all the odds. Even though I thought at times she should just give up and chase her dream, I admired her stickability.

Blaze was equally interesting. We know from early on that he’s been away for a long time, travelling and adventuring, and we know he doesn’t feel comfortable in Whisper Shore. His story only comes through in bits, but we really feel his conflict in being attracted to Autumn, when there is every reason they shouldn’t like each other.

Here to Stay is the sequel to Made to Last, but can easily be read as a standalone novel. It’s a fun, easy to read contemporary romance with plenty of chemistry between two old adversaries who have to come to terms with the way the decisions of others can impact on our lives in a negative way, and who have to learn that we can’t be responsible for the actions of others.

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free book for review. You can find out more about Melissa Tagg at her website.

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