Luke Monroe needs to find Rachel Lacey. The woman he loves slipped out of town, without saying good bye. He asks his soon to be brother in law, a private investigator, to find her. Turns out, she’s an heiress named Reagan ‘Rae’ Devereaux. She just turned twenty five and inherited her late father’s fortune. She’s also stuck spending Christmas with her mother, Olivia, and her fourth husband. Luke flies from Vermont to California for an unannounced visit. He meets her family and begins to understand why she assumed another identity. He spends the night and, in the morning, they go their separate ways. Until Rae finds out she’s pregnant. She returns to Sugar Creek to help the Cupcake Lovers launch a book and help the child care center where she worked. She makes amends with the people she befriended and avoids her mother’s texts. She promised Olivia money if she dumps her cheating husband. Luke hides his dyslexia and runs a bar. His family notices the two of them spending time together, especially his cousin Sam. He’s decided Rae would make the perfect wife and mother for his children. She’d prefer to stay friends because she loves Luke. Once the paparazzi get wind of her whereabouts, thanks to Olivia, they descend on the town. Luke gets a taste of what Rae’s life is like, especially after the spread of vicious rumors. Will doctored photos make Luke doubt Rae?
I liked Luke and Rae. Both have personal hurdles to overcome. They decide to help each other. His family members provide the backdrop. Their concern, humor, and love bring the couple closer. This is a continuing series. Many established couples and family drama carry over from the other books. They should be read in order.
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Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. "I can't think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!"
Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing.
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