The author of One of These Nights returns to Harvest Cove for a brand-new sweet and sexy romance...
Nothing’s sweeter than a chance at true love...
Larkin O’Neill refuses to let anything stand in her way. Despite a troubled upbringing, she’s created the life she always wanted, surrounding herself with close friends and opening the bakery of her dreams. But the free-spirited baker is blindsided when she falls hard for the local bad boy. She knows that she should stay away, but the sizzling attraction between them is just too tempting...
Shane’s love 'em and leave 'em ways have left him a persona non grata in Harvest Cove. But when Larkin bursts into his life, the handsome lawyer can't think of anywhere he'd rather be than by her side. She’s the first person in a long time who believes there could be more to him than meets the eye. Now he’s determined to prove to Larkin that he’s worth taking a chance on—and prove to himself that he’s the kind of man she deserves….
About the Author
Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of numerous romances, including the Harvest Cove series (One of These Nights, Every Little Kiss, For the Longest Time), the Hearts of the Fallen series, the Dark Dynasties series, the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, and RITA Award finalist Renegade Angel, along with a number of shorter published works. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, and menagerie of pets, and she can usually be found curled up with her laptop and yet another cup of coffee.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Come on Closer by Kendra Leigh Castle is the 4th book in her Harvest Cove series. This was a sweet romance, with a small town atmosphere. We have come to love the town of Harvest Cove, and the wonderful characters we get to spend time with. Larkin runs the local bakery, where everyone raves about her wonderful delights. Larkin has found a home in Harvest Cove, having great friends, a successful business and is a very happy go lucky young lady. Years before, when she arrived in Harvest Cove to start fresh, Larkin left her unhappy childhood in the past. Shane has lived all his life in Harvest Cove, and we remember him in the first book of this series when he was one of those who gave Sam a hard time in high school, not to mention trying to convince his best friend Jake to dump Sam. But Shane, who has a reputation as a playboy, has changed. He is a constant visitor at Larkin’s Bakery, enjoying her chocolate delights. The two of them have become friends, with a lot of fun teasing between them. Shane begins to see Larkin in another light, as her carefree fun loving attitude is perfect for him. He wants Larkin to give him a chance, as he looks forward to seeing her every chance he can. Larkin enjoys Shane’s visits, not to mention his looks. But she knows of his reputation, as her friends who grew up with him, tell her all the time. She is determined no matter how attractive and fun he is, to steer clear. So we get to enjoy their banter, and slowly see Shane getting through her defenses, which we find ourselves rooting for. Both Shane and Larkin were a sweet fun couple, and I really liked them together. As their relationship heats up, we learn more about the issues each has with their families. Shane comes from a wealthy family, and works for his father, as a lawyer. He does not like his job, but his father is very controlling and not a nice man. Larkin is from a poor home, and wants nothing to do with her mother and sister, who treated her badly. It will be Larkin who will help Shane rise up and do what will make him happy. At the same time, Larkin’s family will find her, shattering her life a bit. But all her friends in Harvest Cove and Shane will be there to help her. This was a sweet delightful story, with a great couple and fun all the way around. If you like sweet fun romances, small towns, great friends, then you need to visit Harvest Cove. Come on Closer is another wonderful book by Kendra Leigh Castle.
Come on Closer by Kendra Leigh Castle is the fourth book in her Harvest Cove series. I have not read anything by Ms. Castle previously, and obviously that means I haven’t read the previous books in the series. I had no problem jumping into the story; in fact, it read like a standalone novel. Larkin O’Neill, who owns the Petite Treats Bakery, comes from a catastrophe of a family. She has doggedly done whatever it took to get an education, start a business, and take care of herself. To do this, she has severed all ties with her family. Despite the fact that she was not supported or nurtured in her youth, Larkin is a caring, warm person. “Feeding people makes me happy.” --Larkin Shane Sullivan comes from old money. His family has high standards and high expectations. His dad is the stereotype of the entitled rich, and Shane desperately eschews everything his father embraces with one exception. Shane has reluctantly joined the family’s law firm. To add to his baggage, Shane’s reputation as a lothario means the local women refuse to see him as anything but bad-boy eye candy. “Everybody tends to think the worst about me and relationships. Why should you be any different.” --Shane Gina Valeri, one-time cafeteria lady, is known in town as “The Cake Lady” now that she is has the most successful cake decorating shop in Harvest Cove. Being a single mom was a struggle, and the hardship showed in her gruff mannerisms when she was working multiple jobs to keep food on the table. While everyone presumes that Gina and Larkin would be business rivals, they actually have a kind, supportive relationship. The two are neighbors, and Gina has become a surrogate mom and good friend to Larkin. The remaining secondary characters are charming. Shane’s friends provide are a varied set of artists, authors, and thespians who goad him to follow his dreams instead of following in his father’s footsteps. I really enjoyed this well-paced, relatively chaste contemporary romance. The dialogue between the main characters is fun and flirty, and the two have a believable chemistry. No “insta-love” here; Shane and Larkin are friends, and given Larkin’s track record with men, she is inclined to stay single. I loved that Larkin and Shane started as friends, and that Shane chivalrously pursues Larkin (despite the womanizing in his youth, he really is a sweet guy who now has his head on straight). “Sometimes the wrong guy turns out to be the right one.” --Gina With friendship as the foundation of their relationship, Shane and Larkin approach a romantic relationship slowly. Larkin presumes they have absolutely nothing in common given the dichotomy of their upbringing and socio-economic standing in the Harvest Cove community. They get to know one another, and with that, they support each other through family problems and life choices. I thoroughly enjoyed this light, easy read. There are a few conflicts for the main characters to overcome, but no melodrama. This book has a nice story, strong main characters, interesting secondary characters, and an uplifting, hopeful tone. The only way to improve this book would be to include the Petite Treat Bakery recipes! Come On Closer by Kendra Leigh Castle was a treat to read—just as sweet of a romance as Larkin’s brownies and cupcakes.