Title: This Love of Mine
Author: Miranda Liasson
Series: Mirror Lake (Book 2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication: Expected – October 6th 2015
Thank you Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for the copy in exchange for my honest review!
Bridal shop owner Meg Halloran spends her days making other women’s wedding dreams come true—and her nights dreaming of her childhood crush, hometown heartthrob Dr. Benjamin Rushford. After a lifetime of wearing her heart on her sleeve, she’s done waiting. Meg’s ready to find love, with or without him. Moving on feels right—until Ben pops an unexpected question.
To win the open ER position in Mirror Lake, Ben has to convince the board that he’s settled and ready to put down roots. His latest stroke of genius? Asking Meg, the local good girl, to be his pretend girlfriend. With her by his side, he’s a shoo-in for the job. But he’s in over his head because, as much as he tries to deny it, Meg tempts him. And if she learns the truth about a secret that has shadowed and shaped his life, will she ever be able to forgive him?
This is actually book two of a series of companion novels following the residents of Mirror Lake and the Rushford brothers. I have not read the first book, but I don’t think it is necessary to read them in order.
After reading so many high fantasy books, this novel was exactly what I needed: a heartwarming, fun contemporary romance story. I loved all the characters, especially the side characters. Both Meg and Ben are lovable with charming personalities; Gran and her obsession with British royalty and Meg’s friends all provided much needed comic relief throughout the heavier parts in the novel. I appreciated how the characters dealt with death and tragedy, and Liasson’s portrayal of the debilitating effects of tragedy on both the young and the old was touching. I actually shed some tears throughout the novel!
I loved Meg and Ben’s romance. The “fake relationship turned real” trope is actually one of my favorites to read about, no matter how cliché it is. I thought the author did this extremely well, and I loved that the character grew up as friends, so there was no insta-love going on. It was enthralling to read how the two characters worked out all the baggage from the past in order to have a shot at love. The plot, albeit a little predictable, was entertaining, and I was hooked from the beginning to the end. The writing was great and easy to get into. I read this in one sitting and enjoyed every second of the novel!
If you are looking for a good, quick, entertaining romance, definitely pick this up!