All’s fair in love and war, especially in the Deep South…
Savannah Hale never planned to come back to Maple Cove, Georgia. Her hometown has too many painful memories, especially of her high school sweetheart, who was killed during combat. And yet here she is…broken-hearted from her mother’s death and left to deal with the Hale family legacy—Maple Cove’s landmark bed and breakfast. In need of repairs and near foreclosure, she’s hanging on to the B&B by a thread.
And the man out to buy it is the man she’s never been able to forgive…or forget.
Former soldier Logan Park is haunted by memories of his own. Some are of his best friend. Other are filled with longing for the girl he could never have. Now Savannah is back, and their attraction can’t be denied. But Logan has already sacrificed everything to atone for his sins, and there’s no way he’ll let himself fall for a girl who might never love again.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Bliss via NetGalley
This book left me feeling utterly wrung out. Not because of the grief or the guilt or other such emotions experienced by the characters, but because it made me angry and frustrated and I wanted to smack certain characters on the back of the head. This might also have been because I wasn’t feeling too well when I read this, but it just proves that you need to be in a good mood before you pick this up or it might make you feel worse.
Savannah is heading home to Maple Cove after the death of her mother. As the oldest of three siblings, she’s the one expected to sort everything out – from the funeral to the B&B itself. But she’s barely arrived back in town when she finds the boy she once loved and lost is back – and he wants to buy the B&B. And that is where my angry feelings began. Firstly, why does Savannah have to do everything? Her siblings are both capable adults, but the way they duck out of everything, then pick at her decisions made me hate both of them. Her sister just sneaks around, while her brother continuously puts her in difficult positions, while bickering loudly with each other at every possible moment. As for the whole kissing booth thing… that was worrying on many levels.
Then there’s Logan of the impossibly bad timing. She doesn’t even get through the door before he tells her he’s going to buy her childhood home from underneath her. Then whenever Savannah’s having trouble with something, he pops up to smirk in a really infuriating way. There are times when he’s sweet and supportive and promises to help – then the dreaded smirk returns and I wanted to kick him in the shins or something. Add in the gossipy town and I came close to hating the whole thing.
I felt really bad for Savannah and everything she’s trying to cope with. And yet she frustrated me too. Why did she leave and stay away for so long if her family was so great? I get that she was embarrassed by the talk about her and Logan, especially considering her previous relationship with Will, but most of her summer with Logan was secret so no one knew what happened. And Logan was gone! Why did she waste so much time away from her family? I could have understood if her brother and sister had been angry at her for being so far away for so long, but instead they were just annoying and useless, which made me feel bad for Savannah again.
Luckily around halfway, after the funeral, most of my anger went away. Probably because the focus of the novel changes to trying to save the B&B, while her relationship with Logan also begins to develop. However, I was still annoyed because Logan is living a life he doesn’t even enjoy for his dead best friend, while lamenting the horrible fact that Savannah is going to lose the B&B – all because of him. The solution is obvious and I went back to wanting to kick him in the shins or whack him on the head to make him see sense. The man is an idiot. At least Savannah changes throughout the book and is willing to take a chance, but Logan just went around in circles.
However, despite my frustrations and angry moments, this is a good tale. The romance was enjoyable, and if I’d been feeling a little better I probably wouldn’t have got so annoyed. Even though neither of Savannah’s siblings cover themselves in glory in this book, I’m intrigued enough to want to know more of their tales – especially her brother – so I’ll definitely be keeping a look out for more from Maple Cove. I just hope the next one won’t stir quite so many exhausting emotions in me.
Your B&B or Mine? is out November 9th!
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