Friday, May 1, 2020

Review - Starting Over at Blueberry Creek

Title:  Starting Over at Blueberry Creek
Author:  Annie Rains
Series:  Sweetwater Springs #4
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Print ARC
No. of Pages:  448
Date of Publication:  February 25, 2020
My Rating:  4 Stars


USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains welcomes you back to Sweetwater Springs, North Carolina, with a charming friends-to-lovers story between a sexy fireman and the beautiful woman who mends his heart.

Should they fan the flames or douse this fire before someone gets seriously burned?

Firefighter Luke Marini moved to the small town of Sweetwater Springs with the highest of hopes - new town, new job, and new neighbors who know nothing of his past. And that's just how he wants to keep it. But it's nearly impossible when the gorgeous brunette next door decides to be the neighborhood welcome wagon. She's sugar, spice, and everything nice - but getting close to someone again is playing with fire.

Brenna McConnell put college on hold to raise her little sister. Now that Eve is grown, Brenna is ready to leave Blueberry Creek and finish what she started. Moving on isn't easy, however, when her gruff new neighbor gives Eve a dangerous firefighting job. And yet, even as Brenna is telling him off for putting her sister in harm's way, she can't deny the sizzling chemistry between them. She put her dreams on hold once. Is she willing to make that sacrifice again for a chance at forever?

Includes the bonus novella "Sealed With a Kiss"by Melinda Curtis!


Starting Over at Blueberry Creek is a lovely story that does a fine job with one of my favorite tropes, that of friends-to-lovers. Luke Marini has become friends with his sexy new neighbor, Brenna McConnell. Brenna's sister has taken on a job as firefighter in Luke's station so they cross paths even more so than being neighbors. Now that her sister is an adult, as Brenna has had to raise her, Brenna is thinking about reapplying for college. Doing so means leaving her home in Blueberry Creek.

But considering the fact that Brenna is not too pleased with the dangerous job her sister, only eighteen years old, has taken on, Brenna now reconsiders leaving to go to college. Meanwhile Brenna and Luke have an undeniable attraction. This most certainly could get in the way if Brenna plans on leaving the place Luke calls home.

I found this story to be a sensitive one on so many levels. The relationship between sisters had to strike a delicate balance. Meanwhile, the romance took a nice turn and I was kept invested in the story because I was eager to see how Brenna would find a way to fulfill her dream about going back to school once she realized the depth of her feelings for Luke.

This book is the fourth book in the Sweetwater Springs series, and I have enjoyed each book. They are Christmas on Mistletoe LaneSpringtime at Hope Cottage and Snowfall on Cedar Trail, This delightful series continues with Sunshine on Silver Lake and Season of Joy, both set for release later this year.

Many thanks to Forever and NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


USA Today Bestselling Author, Annie Rains, is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, 

Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband, 3 children and dog, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.

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