Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs: A Sweetwater Springs short story

Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs: A Sweetwater Springs short story

by Annie Rains

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A heartwarming novella in the Sweetwater Springs series from USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains, perfect for fans of RaeAnne Thayne and Debbie Mason.
If Lacy Shaw could have one wish, it's that the past would stay in the past. And with her high school reunion coming up, she has no intention of reliving the worst four years of her life. Especially when all she has to show for the last decade is how the shy bookworm blossomed into...the shy town librarian. Ditching the event seems the best option until a blistering hot alternative roars into Lacy's life. Perhaps riding into the reunion on the back of Paris Montgomery's motorcycle will show her classmates how much she really has changed...

While growing up as a foster kid, Paris Montgomery only felt at home in Sweetwater Springs, which is why he picked the small town to start over after his divorce. He can't afford to ruin this refuge with another doomed relationship - especially one with a woman who is his total opposite. But when the town's sweet librarian offers to help him reconnect with his foster dad, he finds they have more in common than he thought. Both are about to discover that home is where the heart is.
(22,000 words)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538764794
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 32,458
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Annie Rains is a USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional places in her home state of North Carolina. When Annie isn't writing, she's living out her own happily ever after with her husband and three children.

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Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs: A Sweetwater Springs short story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
D-does-reviews 3 months ago
Sweet romance and small town charm come naturally to this delightful writer who pens feel good old-fashioned romances that make you remember the good old days when sexual activity was left to the imagination of the reader. There are plenty of heartwarming characters that will charm you from your head to your toes and I’m looking forward to reading more about the lives of the characters in this feel-good series. I read an early copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
BooksAndSpoons 4 months ago
This was such a sweet, adorable, emotional novella. I loved how connected Paris was to the small town Sweetwater Springs, and how the whole town seemed to look after each other, and if it was wanted or not, it didn't matter. Paris and Lacy Shaw have a shy yet true connection, I loved how Lucy blossomed and found her inner strength to face the past. Paris finding his foster parents was touching, and how a memory illness affects a person was realistic and sadly true to life. I wish there would have been more about Paris' past, about his struggles with his parents and growing up in foster care. What we find out about him is admirable, how he reaches out to his former foster parents was heartwarming. Lacy's meddling family had me laughing out loud - cause it is only funny when it is not happening to yourself! I somehow have missed this series until this novella was offered for me to read, and I'm glad that I found out about the series, even if late to the game, cause this place, Sweetwater Springs, sounds like the perfect place to escape into! An entertaining and lovely love story ~ Four Spoons
Cali-Jewel 4 months ago
A very short yet highly entertaining, fun, witty and engaging journey filled with interesting charters, heartwarming twists and emotional turns... was a great read. Loving Sweetwater Springs and looking forward to returning!
WildFlowerBookBlogs 5 months ago
First off, the cover is so pretty. It makes me wish I was there in the story with them. Secondly, I love that Lacy is a librarian and that it's a librarian/graphic designer romance. I love that it wasn't insta romance but it was a sweet kind of love that blossomed over time. I loved the named of the characters and the character descriptions. Paris definitely sounds like the type of guy I'd fall in love with myself. At 28, Lacy's character was easy to relate to and very enjoyable for me. Also, the character of Mr. Jensen with his wife and his supposedly gruff nature really hit home with me. Paris's kindness really spoke to me as well. I love that both he and Lacy are gentle, kindred souls. Even though they're two different people with varying interests, they come together just like pieces of a puzzle falling into place. 5/5 stars for a beautiful, wholesome romance that I will want to revisit time and time again.
blonde_betty 6 months ago
I was one of those readers that emailed Annie as soon as I read Christmas on Mistletoe Lane wanting to know if Paris got his own book. I’m very happy that Annie agreed he was deserving. This novella doesn’t disappoint….well, only in the sense that it is a novella and not a full-length novel! I loved revisiting Sweetwater Springs and seeing Paris get his HEA. This is a must read for fans of this series and anyone who needs a reminder that it does get better. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novella.
C_Beddow 6 months ago
So sweet. I loved the characters (even Mr. Jensen) and the storyline. It was a short story that I wouldn't have minded lasting longer. I have liked every book I've read of Annie Rains. Hopefully another will come out soon
Deanne Patterson 6 months ago
This is the first Sweetwater Springs books I've read and I see I've been missing out! Despite their differences opposites really do attract! Paris is a tattooed motorcycle riding outgoing guy. Lacy is the shy girl, the mean girls in high school picked on because she had scoliosis and wore a brace. She still prefers others being the life of the party, as she watches from the sidelines which is perfect for this librarian. Very sweet romance. Novella length with a very nice hometown feel. This author is now on my radar and I'd love to read more by her. Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by Forever Yours. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
boclairedesigns 6 months ago
Another great story in the Sweetwater Springs series by Annie Rains. Lacy and Paris are like oil and water, but in this case the saying that opposites attract is the truth. After battling scoliosis as a child and being picked on and teased for wearing a brace, Lacy is a strong and determined woman. Paris, new to town, is recovering from a divorce and not looking for love. Somehow they find each other and make it work. Short but sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher for my honest review.
SarahBethL 6 months ago
I just love Sweetwater Springs & this was such a nice, short visit there. Lacey is the town librarian who loves helping people find the perfect books. Paris hadn't planned to stay in Sweetwater Springs but after Lacey had contacted him asking if he'd help teach a class at the library he stayed for a bit. Lacey was very shy after being bullied & teased during high school & hadn't planned on going to her high school reunion. Paris didn't have an easy life, going between foster homes. Even though at times he felt like he didn't fit in he was willing to go with Lacey to her reunion where she planned on showing those who teased her that they didn't break her. Both had to grow and deal with their pasts. Even though this is a novella the story didn't feel rushed, it was the perfect paced & charming story.
Madm007 6 months ago
A novella that encompasses so much! A sweet, clean read with some very tough and emotional pasts for both Lacey and Paris that very much affected them, tho in different ways . A journey of two very opposite characters who find and bring out the best in each other. The setting in Sweetwater Springs is so perfectly small town, and of course there are the busybodies just wanting to help lol. A super short, but meaningful read with an HEA that will have you sighing. Part of a wonderful series, but can stand alone. I received an advance reader's copy and am giving my honest opinions freely.
Laura_F 6 months ago
Every visit to Sweetwater Springs makes me fall a little bit more in love with the town. Meeting Paris in the first book in this series made me want his story so bad and it definitely didn't disappoint. The backstories of Paris and Lacy made me want so much more of their book. Their connection made my heart feel so full. This novella has made me so excited to visit this town again!
_NormaJean 6 months ago
I love visiting Sweetwater Springs. Ms. Rains has a definite talent for creating characters that wrap themselves around your heart. I loved Paris and Lacy’s story! Lacy is a shy librarian who had a difficult time with “mean girls” during her high school years. She has always been on the sidelines watching the world go by. With her high school reunion coming up, she wants to prove to her former classmates that she is no longer the girl that they treated so badly. Paris is a survivor of the foster care system. He spent his childhood moving from one foster home to another, never really having a home or family to call his own. I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Rains had written another winner. I received an ARC of Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I definitely recommend this book. It can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend reading all the books in this series. You won’t be disappointed.
DawnLea 6 months ago
I struggled with this book keeping my attention. I found myself skimming the pages and just reading the dialogue. I really wanted to finish the story and find out if Paris and Mr. Jenson would reconcile the past, but I just couldn't finish it. I don't feel like it is written very well. It seemed like it was written by a first time author, or a very young adult or teenager. This storyline has promise. I just think it needs further development. DNF. I was given an advance reader copy by NetGalley and I am voluntarily providing an honest review
Avid_Reader_LB4 6 months ago
Sweet gem of a short romance A short, happy interlude of a story that brightened my day. The small-town characters are kind and concerned and Lacy and Paris, the librarian and the computer expert, are deserving of a partner and sweet romance in their lives. It's story is short and not too deep, but does touch on the ravages of mental changes for seniors and the prospect of going it alone when your partner can no longer cope at home. The minimal angst and hopeful ending are just what the decompression expert ordered to mellow out after a stressful day. I read a complimentary advance copy provided through NetGalley; this is my voluntary and honest review
Honolulubelle 6 months ago
Favorite Quotes: Greta Merchant used a cane, but he knew she walked just fine. The cane was for show, and Paris had seen her beat it against someone’s foot a couple of times. The nickname had just rolled off his tongue, but it fit. Lace was delicate and beautiful, accentuated by holes that one might think made it more fragile. It was strong, just like the woman sitting next to him. My Review: Annie Rains has penned an enjoyable, pleasantly satisfying, and sweet story featuring two lonely yet kind and endearing characters living in a small town; one a reserved librarian who lived on Pine Cone Lane, and the other a computer whiz/graphic artist/tattooed biker who was handsome enough to have all the ladies salivating whether they were young or old, married or single. The storylines were sweet and heartfelt with both main characters having experienced painful histories of disappointments and insecurities in their childhoods that continued to haunt them yet each was endeavoring to overcome. The premise was relevant and tender, the writing was easy to follow and engaging, and the small-town characters were amusingly delineated.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was such a wonderful addition to the Sweetwater Springs series! Paris and Lacy's story was short and sweet and it made me smile a lot and cry a little especially near the end. I was curious about Paris after reading the first book in this series so when I heard about this short story I couldn't wait to read it! What I love about Annie Rains is her ability to make me feel what each of her characters are going through. I can't wait to read more about Paris and Lacy in her future books but then again I'm always anxiously awaiting more of this fabulous series!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was a nice short story to have read through the voice reader while finishing up some work. Sweet and uplifting. Thank you NetGalley, the publisher, and Annie Rains for an ARC of 'Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs (A Short Story)' in exchange for an honest review.
Nanna51 6 months ago
This was a lovely story of a librarian who was bullied in high school and lacks self-confidence as a result. It is also the story of a young man who grew up “rough”, moving from foster home to foster home and living with parents who did not act responsibly. Lacy loves her job as a librarian and Paris thoroughly enjoys his as a graphic designer. Neither is looking for any kind of relationship, but the way their relationship develops is the crux of the story. There are some interesting characters in this novella that were in previous Sweetwater Springs novels, but this wonderful little story can also stand on its own. My favorite recurring character is Dawanda, the lady from the bakery who serves cappuccino and “reads” your future after you enjoy your drink. A new character was introduced, Mr. Jepson. With a hurting heart and loss of hope, Mr. Jepson is grumpy and rude towards everyone. I really enjoyed reading the development of his character and how he ended up opening his heart. This is a story that you can read and enjoy in one day. If you haven’t read Annie Rains’s books before, this is a great one to start with because it gives you the flavor of how she writes...with love flowing from every page! Readers of romance will definitely want to read this little treasure! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”