“Last Chance captures the essence of Southern charm and quirkiness. I’m totally captivated!” — Sherryl Woods, New York Times bestselling author
Jenny Carpenter is the unrivaled pie-baking champion of Last Chance, South Carolina’s annual Watermelon Festival and the town’s unofficial spinster. With her dream of marriage and children on hold, she focuses on another dream, turning the local haunted house into a charming bed-and-breakfast. But her plans go off course when the home’s former owner shows up on her doorstep on a dark and stormy night . . .
Mega-bestselling horror writer Gabriel Raintree is as mysterious and tortured as his heroes. His family’s long-deserted mansion is just the inspiration he needs to finish his latest twisted tale, or so he thinks until he learns it’s been sold. The new innkeeper proves to be as determined as she is kind, and soon Gabriel finds himself a paying guest in his own home. As Jenny and Gabe bring new passion to the old house, can she convince him to leave the ghosts of his past behind-and make Last Chance their first choice for a future together?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have one minor complaint. Whilst that is a beautiful cover, it does not at all convey what this book is actually about.
Okay, on to the review.
I loved this book. This was unexpected and quite a stretch for an author that has never really been far into the paranormal genre. I was not at all surprised that the writing was good, as this is the case with Hope Ramsay. Still, the ideas she brought forth and based this novel on were anything but expected.
Right away I was interested in the main male protagonist as he was definitely not the usual variety of romantic love interest. Instead of being slightly damaged but incredibly handsome, he wasn’t really attractive, physically speaking, nor did he have a high opinion of himself in that regard. Instead, he was a likable and respectable character with a lot of other things going for him.
The romance aspect of this novel was done really well. The main characters didn’t start out falling into bed together right away and they had time to build up tension and romantic qualities before that part of the story became the focus.
I was pleased with this book from beginning to end. If you are a fan of romances with more than just romance going on this book is sure to please.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.