Title: Need You For Mine
Author: Marina Adair
Series: Heroes of St. Helena #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: March 29th
Every red-blooded male in St. Helena wants Harper Owens…as a friend. Despite her efforts at seduction, Harper seems to be destined to end up alone. The only guy with a knack for unleashing her inner vixen is firefighter and resident rule-breaker Adam Baudouin. Agreeing to a faux-mance could help him secure a promotion—and save her family’s lingerie shop, the Boulder Holder. But playing with fire has consequences. Especially when the flame comes courtesy of St. Helena’s own Five-Alarm Casanova…
None of Adam’s quick-and-easy hookups have prepared him for a connection this extraordinary. There’s more to the milk-and-cookies art teacher that he’d love to explore. But first he has to convince her to trust the town’s most notorious playboy. Even tougher—he’ll have to trust himself to be the real-life hero this warm and sexy woman deserves.
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
I don’t care how many times I’ve said it before, and I know I’ll only end up saying it again but… I love Marina Adair’s books. Whenever I pick one up there are certain key things I know I’m going to get: a heroine who is different and strong in her own way; a hero who is gorgeous and protective and a good guy even if he doesn’t think so himself; a small town that is big on character; and all those big characters, often of an elderly persuasion, who can’t help but steal the show. Since these are all things that I love and enjoy reading about, is it any wonder that reading these books feels like coming home?
And this latest (and last?) installment from St. Helena ticks all the right boxes. Harper is like human sunshine, everyone loves to be her friend, but she can’t find anyone to love only her. Adam is like human catnip – women love him, but he isn’t interested in anything lasting. Though they’ve lived in the same town most of their lives their paths have never really crossed. Until an impromptu lingerie display sparks an attraction that’s hard to resist.
Kind of like this whole book. Harper is fun and caring, working herself to the bone to help her grandmother and her friends. She’s caring and kind and fed up of being ignored. I loved how her confidence grew throughout this story and how she found her own kind of sexy without changing everything she was. Largely thanks to Adam, who has so much more to give if only he would give himself a chance. He’s sweet and supportive and also caring and kind and I loved how Harper uncovered the real guy he was inside, instead of the shallow joker he’d let everyone see for years.
Because this is the eighth book set in St. Helena there are plenty of old faces hanging around, not least the old women who have played such a vital role in Harper’s life and who are still absolutely bursting with life. They’re funny and supportive and I love the colour they add to the background of these books. We also see quite a bit of Adam’s (not supportive at all) brothers and their partners from the previous books (who also happen to be Harper’s best friends). Add in some last minute planning for a major town event and some underwear modelling to keep the Boulder Holder shop alive, and this book was pure enjoyment from start to finish.
There are fun and silly moments, plus a gorgeous romance with a touch of deep emotions here and there, all wrapped up in a package of amazing characters and a cosy, small town setting. It was a delight to read and a fine end to both this series and the one that came before. I’m really going to miss St. Helena, but it’s definitely a setting I’ll revisit again and again. You probably don’t need to have read all the other books to enjoy this one, although there are a lot of recurring secondary characters that might get a touch confusing, but if this sounds like your kind of thing and you’ve never tried Adair’s books before, maybe head back to the beginning of this series (Need You For Keeps) and enjoy, because you are in for a treat.
Need You For Mine is out March 29th!
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