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Series: Most Likely To
Published by Montlake Romance on April 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Family Life
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Also by this author: Seduced by Sunday, Treasured by Thursday (The Weekday Brides, #7)
Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over--is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina's quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.
Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he's home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt's calm devotion--even amid a coming storm--enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?
I really enjoyed this book. It’s kind of got the same feel of the Weekday Bride series, but set in a small town with friends everywhere. That I think is the biggest thing to take away from this book. Friendship.
I really liked Melanie, Wyatt, Zoe, Luke, and Jo. And of course Miss Gina. She’s got a lot of spunk. Melanie finds herself returning to her home town the week of her 10 year high school reunion. She never planned to go back, but after everything life threw at her, she needed to go home. Her family isn’t the greatest, and they get very little mention in the book. Which is good because they probably would have made me angry. She finds her support system in her group of childhood friends. Even though it’s been a bit since they’ve spoken, they have her back like nobody else. That may be one of the things I love about small towns. The sense of family and knowing everyone is looking out for you.
Melanie also meets Wyatt, who came to town a few years prior to make a life for himself away from the hustle and bustle. He’s an all around good guy. I love his protectiveness and cocky attitude. He doesn’t come off as a dbag, he’s just confident and sure of himself. The sparks between him and Melanie are undeniable. And I loved seeing their friendship grow and turn into more.
There are a few moments that may be hard to read for some that involve Melanie’s daughter. And I only say that because I know as a parent it’s hard for me to see anything possibly bad happen to children. But it’s nothing horrific, just unsettling.
There are events that take place that make you want to throat punch some people, but knowing that there are friends there ready to do anything for the others makes it much more enjoyable.
All in all, I did enjoy this book, and I’m ready to see what the rest of the characters of River Bend have coming up in their lives.