Series: Matchmaker Bay #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2020-01-28
Genres: Contemporary, Small Town & Rural
Escape to Matchmaker Bay in this hilarious and heartwarming second chance romance from the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly).
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.
FTC: I bought this book.
Content Warnings: Parent on Child violence.
Eve has avoided Matchmaker Bay for the last 10 years, ever since her boyfriend Sawyer publicly cheated on her on a float at a Town parade. Upon inheriting a run-down inn from her recently deceased aunt, she has no option but to go back. With no intention of staying long, she vows not to run into Sawyer … let’s just say that lasts about a page. When the Will states that she has to run the Inn for a year, looks like she will be running into him a lot more than she imagined.
Sawyer is the Chief of Police because he likes to take care of people. Raising his little sister from the age of 18, he has a lot of practice at being selfless for the benefit of others. When he purposely ran Evie out of town to protect her future, he never imagined that he would have a second chance with the only woman he ever loved. If he can only get her to stop hating him long enough to get close, maybe they can use whatever time she has in town to purge all that unwanted residual teenaged lust.
This book is a slow-burner and, because of this, it feels like it is a book of two halves. Although I enjoyed both halves, I enjoyed the latter considerably more.
The first half is a book of sexual tension, straight up tension and meddling old people. The meddling old people may have been my highlight of the book by the way but moving on…
When Evie gets to town, she couldn’t be more annoyed. The Inn she has inherited is a run-down mess, she can’t seem to stop bumping into her ex Sawyer (I enjoyed their reunion on the roof) and the life she has worked so hard in Toronto has had been put on pause. Quite frankly, the whole thing is a mess. She doesn’t want to stay but she can’t leave and, with each second she stays, it becomes a little more like home.
I liked Evie. She was strong, independent and, I’ll be honest, not much of a grudge holder. Before all the grovelling she was wavering and that was good …. I’d hate to be held accountable for all my actions as a teenager as an adult.
Sawyer was the character I struggled with the most. The first half of the book? Whiny Sawyer. Even his friends held interventions because there was a lot of angst, a lot of whining and no actual moving on in one way or another. He didn’t make a play nor did he get over it … he moped. I wasn’t a fan of mopey Sawyer. To be honest, when Evie stopped actively avoiding him he became more fun because he started to plot …
Plotting Sawyer? Him I liked. Whether it was teaching her to swim in the name of friendship or coercing all the contractors in town to do her renovations, he was as cute as a button and hot as hell. I wanted them to work.
The side characters in this were part of the fun. Matchmaking geriatrics, fiesty friends, and a whole host of other characters, all serve to make this a fun read. I will be picking up book 2.