DESCRIPTION:The last person she wants to see in Magnolia, North Carolina, could be exactly whom she’s been waiting for…
Mariella Jacob was one of the world’s premier bridal designers, but one viral PR disaster later, she’s trying to get her torpedoed career back on track in small-town Magnolia, North Carolina. With a secondhand store and a new business venture helping her friends turn the Wildflower Inn into a wedding venue, Mariella is finally putting at least one mistake behind her. Until that mistake—in the glowering, handsome form of Alex Ralsten—moves to Magnolia too.
Mariella ruined Alex’s wedding by announcing that his starlet bride-to-be was sleeping with Mariella’s fiancé. While he’s furious when they’re forced to work together, there’s no denying Mariella is hardworking, talented…and gorgeous. In fact, though Alex keeps reminding himself that they’re enemies, something deeper is growing…daring them to admit that a rocky past might lead to something unexpectedly wonderful.
A public relations disaster that literally was splashed all over social media just proved to be the ruination of Mariella Jacob. Although a talented wedding dress designer, the fact that she had a complete meltdown that went viral on social media, her business is in the dumps. Headed to Magnolia, North Carolina with hopes of starting over with a new, smaller shop should go a long way to reestablish her business as well as her reputation.
There is a hitch in Mariella's plans to make a fresh start, and that hitch comes in the form of Alex Ralsten. Alex was to be the groom in a wedding that was called off when his almost wife not only cheated on him, but a huge public embarrassment was caused. Thing is, it was Mariella who brought the truth out. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that Alex is still angry with her. As this is an enemies to lovers romance it quickly becomes clear to readers that Alex and Mariella are more than drawn to one another.
While the pair work out their conflicts, other relationships come to play, making this book a well-balanced, multi-layered read, one that is enjoyable from start to finish. This third book in the Carolina Girls series can be read as a standalone novel, however, the first two books, Wildflower Season and Mistletoe Season, were very good reads and this third book is the cherry on top.
Many thanks to HQN and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.