Recommended Read, Review

Review: More than Neighbors by Shannon Stacey (2020)

Blackberry Bay, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s a little more heart-centered than…pants-centered

Character Chemistry: The chemistry and connection is obvious from the first page with these two

Plot: Meredith is a wealthy widowed mother who moves back home to Blackberry Bay with her young daughter to start over. Cam has been living in his newly discovered (and deceased) birth grandmother’s lake house and is uncovering his origins when he starts to enjoy being drawn closer to his neighbor and her daughter.

Overall: This book was a cover to cover hit. Real characters, great setting, magnetic chemistry, and perfect pace.

I absolutely love lake/resort romance novels (I love them, and then I want to move to a lake and live in an idyllic little resort town, and then I think about not being close to a Costco and I feel suddenly very bummed)–and this one was such a delight.

Meredith is a beautiful, young widow with a six year old daughter. When they find their life without her husband has begun to echo in ways that aren’t helping her daughter heal, she moves to her hometown of Blackberry Bay, New Hampshire. 

Cam moves into his birth-grandmother’s lakeside cottage when he learns that his parentage isn’t quite as straightforward as he thought. As he sifts through things, he learns more about who he is. 

What I like about this book is that both characters are realistically messy. I love that they have understandable tiffs that are resolved in ways that are understandable. I love that Meredith feels like a real mom, and I love that her daughter is relatable. I love that the steamy bits were part of the story but didn’t overshadow the plot. I love the little kernels the author left for the next book.

Ultimately, I feel like the clearest sign I’ve read a good romance novel is the size of my sigh at the end, and this one felt great.

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255.

Buy Now: Amazon

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