Title: Spring Valley
Author: T.L. Haddix
Series: Firefly Hollow #11
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Caleb Walker is a veterinarian with a heart of gold and a solid fence built around his emotions. With a nightmare childhood that left scars and a history of failed relationships, he’s decided being alone is the path he’ll walk. But then a meddling, Cupid-playing cousin comes along and sets him up with the very last woman to whom he should be paying romantic attention.
Brooke Harrison is a bit of a dreamer with a soft spot for the doctor despite his clear “No Trespassing” signs. Her crush on Caleb remains private until she agrees to a sort-of blind date that gets sidelined by a veterinary emergency. Once revealed, those feelings ignite a fire between them that burns as hot as the sun. The only thing still in question is whether she can convince Caleb that permanent is something he’s able—and willing—to do.
Spring Valley is a novella, approximately 35,000 words in length, and episode 11 in the Firefly Hollow Series.
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Whether you’re already a fan of the Firefly Hollow series or not, this is an enjoyable novella that lets you jump right into this world without needing prior knowledge. It’s a fairly straightforward romance with Caleb being convinced he isn’t worthy of love, let alone Brooke, while Brooke just wants to hold onto him for as long as he will let her.
It’s pretty fast moving, to the point where I was expecting it to end around halfway. Because these two already know each other before the book starts, there’s not a lot of waiting around before they leap into their relationship, and Caleb was a lot less gun-shy than I expected from his history. I was left wondering just how this would string itself out to the end.
I shouldn’t have worried. Even though this is only a short novella, it still packs the kind of emotional punch I’ve come to expect from this author. It’s a touch muted because of the restricted length, but it’s still thoughtful as it ventures past the initial attraction and fall, towards what might happen next and where it all might lead.
Short and sweet and thoroughly enjoyable, this another great addition to this impressive series.
Spring Valley is Out Now.
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