Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas
2012, St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Book 2 of Friday Harbor

Synopsis: Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiancĂ© Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy’s own sister. Lucy's bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life. Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to "romance" Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be made into something new and beautiful.

Why read: Requested from Amazon Vine

What impressed me: Lucy and Sam's romance is absolutely wonderful. It starts off with a premise that makes it reasonably impossible to imagine things every working out long-term for them and the fun is watching how those beginnings waiver under the couples deep connection. Mostly realistic and very heartwarming. Lucy's relationship with her family and friends is quite interesting to experience as well.

What disappointed me: Things got a little too magically supernatural for my taste in contemporary romance. And we don't see nearly enough of Sam's family that we met in Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor.

Recommended: Yes. Rainshadow Road is great romance and wonderful addition to the Friday Harbor series.

Continue series: Yes, although I'm wary of more magical inclusions.

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