Release Date: February 4, 2014
In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father. But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity’s finest?
Tired of being the easygoing daughter, always ignored in favor of her high-maintenance sister, and no longer interested in being her fiancé’s trophy wife, Nicole Farnsworth calls off her wedding. All she wants is to be herself. And where better to find her destiny than Serendipity? The place where she met the one man who made her heart beat faster, and gave her the courage to reinvent her life—even if he doesn’t know it.
Officer Sam Marsden calls Serendipity home and he loves it there—even though his childhood sweetheart was stolen by his best friend. After such heartbreak, Sam fears he can’t trust his instincts when it comes to love. Yet he’s so tempted by Nicole, a woman he met only briefly but who has starred in his dreams ever since. For Nicole and Sam, opening their hearts one more time could change their lives forever. But who’ll be the first to take that chance?
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A contemporary romance with cameos by the mob. After finding out her fiancé’s father has dealings with the mob, Nicole Farnsworth decides she needs to start over: new life, new job, new friends, and no fiancé. She picks up and moves to the small town of Serendipity, NY. Now I haven’t read the previous books, but from what I gather, Serendipity is where Nicole’s twin sister stalked and tried to kill one of its residents. Not normally a place you would want to go back to, especially since it was your TWIN sister. But anyway, Nicole moves and despite some hesitance, the town accepts her.
Officer Sam Marsden remembers Nicole from when she helped the local authorities catch her sister. He felt a connection last time she was there and now that she’s back he feels like he finally has his chance. Only Sam has heartbreak in his past that prevents him from actually having a functional relationship with a person.
Now part of me has always wanted to live in a small town, think Stars Hollow. And I enjoy reading books set in small towns but most of this book felt over dramatic. I really liked the idea of a city girl moving to a small town to start over, because, let’s be honest, that’s very brave. But once the mob was brought up and suddenly Nicole’s life is in danger, the believability and likeability of this book went right out of the window. Aside from the insane plot, the characters were likeable but just not together. I felt no chemistry between the two of them but I blame this on the writer. Their characteristics were so hot and cold, back and forth that it was hard to get a handle on who they actually were. And the side love story with Nicole’s ex-fiancé and her new best friend, Macy was strange and took me out of the book. Why do we care about them exactly?
Predictable, likeable enough, but not enough to make me want to read the others in this series.
I received an copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.