Series: Nugget #6
Published by Lyrical Shine
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Some towns aren’t big enough to hide your heart…
In the beautiful mountain town of Nugget, California, staying out of the limelight is easy, but staying out of love is a bit more challenging…
Back in Los Angeles, Sloane McBride was a great police detective, but after she uncovered corruption on her own squad, the job became nearly impossible. In the bucolic hills of Nugget, she can start to imagine a life after all that, where she keeps her head down, does her work, and doesn’t bother anyone. But her delicious next door neighbor isn’t going to make it easy to keep to herself…
Brady Benson’s wildest dreams came true in LA—but they were paired with a living nightmare. As executive chef of a searing-hot restaurant, he was lauded, adored… and then found himself caught in the sights of a lovelorn stalker. Now, laying low in Nugget, he finds his own heart ensnared by the beautiful new cop with her own reasons to start over.
Neither Sloane nor Brady came to town looking for love, but it seems to have found them. Trouble is, so have their pasts. And they’ll have to stop hiding from both if they hope to come out the other side together…
With every new installment in this series, I find myself getting more invested in the town and people of Nugget, especially because the town has become synonymous with new beginnings and is always welcoming to people looking for a fresh start.
Sloane McBride was a detective with a promising career in Los Angeles until she exposed a group of corrupt colleagues, became persona non grata in her own squad and was forced to quit her job. Her new job with the Nugget police department is her chance to get away from all the ugliness in LA but after being hung out to dry by her squad, she’s understandably wary of her new boss and just wants to keep a low profile. But she’s overwhelmed by the friendly overtures of the townspeople, especially her neighbor who keeps feeding her.
Brady Benson was a successful executive chef in LA until he acquired an obsessed stalker and was forced to go into hiding. After moving around, he made Nugget his temporary home and is content with his job as the chef for the local B&B, but he’s stayed away from any involvement with women. Until Sloane McBride comes to town. They start out as friends and soon the chemistry between they heats up but can two people with their kind of baggage make a go of it, especially with the unresolved issues hanging over their heads?
I was really looking forward to Sloane and Brady’s story and I enjoyed all of it. I like that they started out as friends and grew to become lovers and I love the lack of drama in their relationship. Sloane is a girl after my heart. I love how confident and tough she was, in spite of what she’d been through and I like that she wasn’t shy about what she wanted from Brady. Brady on the other hand lost a few points with me for his waffling (pun intended), but I love how he took care of Sloane, even though she was the one with the gun.
Brady and Sloane’s pasts lent the story the necessary drama to keep it from being just okay and the mystery of the John Doe added to all the action.
The highlight of this series is the community, the warm welcome they give newcomers and the genuine concern they show for the well-being of everyone. The town is the foundation of every story and these stories would be a lot less than they are without what it represents. At this point in the series, I would recommend staring from the beginning to help keep the many characters and their stories straight.