All's fair in love and war, especially in the Deep South...
Savannah Hale never planned to come back to Maple Cove, Georgia. Her hometown has too many painful memories, especially of her high school sweetheart, who was killed during combat. And yet here she is...broken-hearted from her mother's death and left to deal with the Hale family legacy—Maple Cove's landmark bed and breakfast. In need of repairs and near foreclosure, she’s hanging on to the B&B by a thread.
And the man out to buy it is the man she's never been able to forgive...or forget.
Former soldier Logan Park is haunted by memories of his own. Some are of his best friend. Others are filled with longing for the girl he could never have. Now Savannah is back, and their attraction can’t be denied. But Logan has already sacrificed everything to atone for his sins, and there’s no way he’ll let himself fall for a girl who might never love again.
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About the Author
Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.
Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West
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Your B&B or Mine?
A Maple Cove Novel
By Melissa West, Alycia Tornetta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Melissa West
All rights reserved.
"Where you want me to drop you, Ms. Hale?"
Savannah focused straight ahead, ignoring the sad look from her cab driver. She had never planned to unload her situation on him, but then he asked her where she was heading and she said Maple Cove and suddenly there were no words, only tears. It took exactly ninety minutes to drive from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport to her small town in Georgia, and she had spent eighty-five of them spilling her guts. A part of her felt shame for showing her emotions so fully — the driver must have thought she was insane — but then, it wasn't every day that she lost her mama.
Savannah's eyes filled with fresh tears, and she blinked them away. She had spent the last five minutes touching up her makeup, sure that if she walked back into Maple Cove looking like a mess of a woman, she would only convince her town that she did nothing else but cry. She could almost hear the McLain sisters now. Leave crying and return crying, that's our Savannah Hale.
Sighing, she pointed to the four-way stop just ahead. "You can let me out there. Mayor Young prefers to keep cars off Main Street."
"Ms. Hale, I don't feel right leaving you to walk down the street with all your bags. Can't I just drive you to the bed-and-breakfast?"
Savannah stared down Main Street, a memory hitting her of her father beside her, standing in that very spot, a wide smile on his face. He had said that arriving at Maple Cove's most successful bed-and-breakfast was an experience, and it wasn't a full one unless you walked down Main Street to get there. Her mother agreed, but said patrons would want to park at the B and B, so as a compromise they had two parking lots — one on site, and one at the end of Main Street. Of course, during prime season, they enlisted the service of a horse and carriage company for older guests — or those wanting a leisurely ride.
"Thanks, but I think I'll walk," Savannah said, her heart heavy. It was hard losing her daddy five years ago to a heart attack, but it was nothing like this. Losing her mama made her feel like a little girl again — a lost little girl, with no one around to hold her hand and guide her through her life. She hadn't even gotten married yet, or had kids. Who would adjust her veil at her wedding? Who would she call in the middle of the night when her newborn baby refused to stop crying? The pain felt like it would break her in two.
Savannah shook herself from her thoughts. "Oh, I'm sorry, Martin." She forced herself to smile at the old cab driver, wishing he were a local. She could use someone around Maple who didn't speak in Southern sugar slap — a sweet smile on their face while they insulted you.
Martin stepped out of the cab and grabbed Savannah's carry-on suitcase and laptop bag from the trunk. "Are you sure I can't walk you in?"
Savannah laughed. "Trust me, that would only make it worse." She could only imagine what the town would say if she had someone carry her bags for her. They would accuse her of forgetting where she was from. Of being uppity. A Yankee. And while she knew she would eventually have to defend herself and her decisions to the people she'd once called friends, she wasn't prepared to do it today.
She grabbed the handle to her carry-on, slung her laptop case across her shoulder, and set off down Main Street, her spine pencil straight.
From this vantage point, the town looked so innocent, like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting — all cute awnings and wooden benches and rocking chairs. Dogs asleep outside their owners' stores. Wrought-iron lampposts that were as custom to the town as its people.
The memory hit so suddenly she didn't have time to brace herself, to shield her heart — swinging around a lamppost, laughing with her head flung back, her stomach full of butterflies for the boy beside her. It had been her and Will's first date, and even then, she knew she'd love him forever. Sadness crept through her heart at the memory, followed immediately by guilt. Forever wasn't a reality. Not for Savannah.
And not that she deserved it.
She had made it a third of the way down Main Street, to the official start of the shops, when the smell of Maple's Bakery hit her nose. Her stomach grumbled as she imagined the morning buns and apple turnovers and blueberry muffins, all still warm from the oven. She had been so desperate to make it home after receiving the call about her mama that she took the first flight out of Boston, ignoring her body's pleas for her to grab a cup of coffee — or six. She had been hopeful when she landed, but the line at Starbucks had been too long for her to wait.
Now, she contemplated what she would rather do — face the gossip brigade head on in order to grab a coffee and one of those Oh-my-God-this-should-be-illegal blueberry muffins, or starve in hopes that no one would see her.
She had just resigned herself to starve when, like an alarm had sounded announcing her arrival, familiar faces appeared one by one in the shop windows and then stepped outside their doors for a better look.
Pastor Parkins waved a cheerful hello, and then immediately went over to sit with the McLain twins outside Annie's floral shop. His head drew close to theirs, no doubt discussing all the rumors about Savannah. She tried to ignore their looks, the obvious distaste the McLain twins had for her now. No one left Maple Cove and returned without feeling the weight of the sisters' stares, their judgment. She wanted to shout that she knew their stories, too. Like when the twins switched places with their husbands for a week and the husbands were none the wiser. Or when Anna Beth got caught stealing a petit four from the bakery. Savannah knew their stories. All the stories. The difference was, they didn't seem to care who knew what about them.
Savannah cared. Her great-great grandfather was one of the founders of the town, and with that legacy came a wealth of expectations for how a Hale should behave. And Savannah had met those expectations all her life, except for one tiny infraction. One slip. Something no one truly knew, but most speculated about all the same. And maybe she should regret it. Maybe she should drop on her knees and ask God to forgive her. But the truth was she didn't regret it. She only regretted what happened after.
Oh well, at least now she could get coffee.
Pushing through the door of Maple's Bakery, she released a slow moan at the aromas. Cinnamon and spice and everything nice, her mama used to say. She bit her lip and tried to remind herself that crying wouldn't bring her back. Nothing would.
Inside, the bakery was painted canary yellow with pictures of desserts framed on the walls. Scattered here and there were mosaic-top bistro tables, each a different color — red, blue, green, orange, and on and on. To the right was the glass display case, showing everything Martha had made that day, and while there were always certain favorites, she liked to throw in a few surprises to keep her fans on their toes.
Savannah glanced quickly around the small bakery, hoping to avoid eye contact with any of the townspeople seated at the tables. She had naively prayed the bakery would be slower at this hour, but judging by the line at the register, it was still the only place in town you could get a fresh pastry and a decent cup of coffee.
Taking her place in the back of the line, she kept her head down in hopes that no one would approach her, but then a squeal came from her left. Oh no. She spun around in time to see arms thrown out and a black-haired person yanking her into a hug.
Savannah pulled away to find her baby sister standing before her, only her sister no longer looked at all like a baby. Or like a strawberry blonde.
"Oh my God, Leigh," Savannah said, reaching for her sister and pulling her into another hug. "You ... you don't even look like yourself. You're so ..."
"Grown up?" Leigh added with a small smile.
Leigh Hale was the youngest of the three Hale kids, and to Savannah she would always be sixteen and boy crazy. She had been an artist from the moment her chubby toddler fingers could hold a crayon, and to this day had spent every dollar she had trying to make a living at it.
Now she ran the local art museum, offering up unique exhibits and generally fixing her name in the Will-Never-Fit-In Maple Cove Hall of Fame. Her hair, which had once been the same strawberry blond color as Savannah's, was now as black as a summer storm, and her clear blue eyes were lined in thick purple liner. Savannah wondered how she could handle wearing so much makeup, especially now, when tears could fall any moment.
But then, maybe their mama's death hadn't impacted Leigh the way it had Savannah. After all, Leigh had been there with her. She was able to tell her she loved her and kiss her cheek. She'd had her day in and day out, unlike Savannah, who had left for Boston eight years ago and only returned once, when her father had died.
How had both her parents left this world before sixty-five? It was unfair to lose them so early, when many people lived into their eighties these days. She deserved to have those twenty years with them, needed those years, but her mama had been so crushed after her father's death, they all suspected she would die of a broken heart. Maybe that was why cancer sought her out — it knew she longed to be reunited with Daddy.
Whatever the reason or fairness, her parents were gone.
Savannah gripped her chest, wondering if she would ever feel normal again or if she would always be a breath away from tears. Sighing, she focused back on her sister. "Is Jack here yet?" she asked as she reached the front of the line and placed her order.
"No," Leigh said, "But I wanted to warn you about —"
Before she could finish, another squeal sounded from their left and Savannah remembered why she had packed her bottle of Advil. Everyone in Maple Cove spoke in one of two tones — excited squealing or angry screaming. This time the squealing came from the closest bistro table and the pack of platinum blondes circling its tiled top. Savannah glanced at each of them, lost to their names, and then recognition hit her. They were her old friends — Brenna, Hannah, and Dana — but they didn't look like she remembered. They used to laugh at how similar their names all sounded, but now the similarity did nothing more than add to Savannah's headache. Where was her coffee?
Forcing a smile, she tried to recall if the three women had always been quite this blond or if that was a new development — along with the size of their breasts.
"Hi," she said, faking excitement, but then their expressions all changed to pity and she cringed as one by one they came over to hug her and offer their condolences.
"I'm so sorry about your mama," Hannah said. "We always loved her."
"We did," the others chimed in, which caused Leigh to roll her eyes. Leigh was never one for faux kindness and tended to judge anyone that smiled for too long.
Savannah nudged her with her elbow before she said anything overly Leigh-like and then motioned to the register, where the bakery owner, Vicky, stood grinning, fresh pastries and coffee in hand. "Well, it was good seeing you," Savannah said to the women.
"You, too!" They started back for their seats, when Brenna added, "First Logan, now Savannah. Who are we going to see next?"
Savannah skidded to a halt, nearly dropping her coffee. "Wait, what? Who did you say?"
Brenna smiled knowingly. "Logan Park. You remember him, don't you?" Her expression and the rise in her voice made Savannah's cheeks flame. She thought of the time she and Logan went to a movie together after he'd returned home from deployment, only to find Brenna there with her boyfriend of the week, beaming with delight at Savannah's apparent naughtiness. Because Logan wasn't just any guy. He was Will's best friend since third grade, which meant Savannah couldn't look at him without causing a few eyebrows to lift.
He and Will had been inseparable the moment they met. Where one went, the other followed. So it shouldn't have been a surprise that they entered the army together. Only it was a surprise — a devastating one.
Savannah still remembered the look on Will's face when he'd told her he had enlisted, how excited he had been while she fought back tears.
Half the town thought he'd propose before he left for Afghanistan, and a part of her worried he might. But then she looked into his eyes his last day in Maple Cove, kissed his cheek, and sensed the hesitation there. The same hesitation she felt. Because while she adored and respected Will, she refused to marry a man unless she was 100 percent his. Mind, body, heart, and soul.
And the problem was, another boy had confused Savannah's heart that year. A boy she thought had always hated her. A boy she forced herself to put out of her mind long before she and Will were ever a thing.
A boy named Logan Park.
Still, Savannah had loved Will, had belonged with Will. So they spent a year more apart than together, Will away in Afghanistan and Savannah in Maple, playing the part of his loyal girlfriend, just waiting for him to return home so they could fall in love with each other all over again.
But that wasn't her story.
Instead, Logan showed up at the old swing at Cross Creek Plantation that fateful Sunday ... without Will. Suddenly Savannah stopped caring what everyone thought and focused on her own survival. And God did she ever need Logan. He stepped in, catching her before she could fall, supporting her through the tears, the anger, the depression that refused to lift. He understood her pain because he felt it, too.
So when Logan asked her to go see the latest summer Marvel blockbuster, she went. She needed to feel normal again, she needed to lose herself in another world — she needed to feel the warmth of a boy beside her, one whom she had always cared for, nothing around them but darkness and silence. One outing became two, then once a week, then all the time.
And then everything changed.
Now, her eyes shifted away from the three blondes, unable to hold contact. "Sure. I remember him."
Brenna's smile stretched, and Savannah knew exactly what she was thinking without her having to say a word. The rumor. It started just after Logan left for his second deployment, and while no one had the guts to ask Savannah directly, they had all made up their own accounts of what had happened that day. As it was, no one knew the truth. No one except Savannah ... and Logan.
The thought of him being back, somewhere in town, possibly walking Main Street right this second, sent her mind racing and her heart into a frenzy. What did he look like now? What did he do for a living? Where had he ended up? And maybe the one question that plagued her the most — when he lay in bed at night, his day done, did he feel his life was complete or did he have regrets? Surely he had regrets ... at least one.
Savannah had no idea, but as her thoughts switched to memories, she found herself growing more and more angry. Who was Logan to come back here? And why now? Well, she'd just avoid him. That's what she would do — avoid him and pretend that none of it mattered. Because it didn't matter. Not then and certainly not now.
Blinking hard, Savannah held her head a touch higher, ignoring her former friends' gossipy stares. She wouldn't fall prey to those looks, not again. She wasn't some nineteen-year-old girl anymore. She was twenty-six, an adult.
So why did she feel so small?
Despite her success in Boston, and her ability to move up the ranks of the consulting firm where she worked, she still wanted to please the people of Maple. The desire to have them like and respect her ran deep.
Leigh looped her arm through Savannah's and pulled her close. "Well, we have things to do. You know, real things," she said with a condescending smirk. "You should try it." And then she grabbed the handle of Savannah's suitcase and directed her back out the bakery door and down the sidewalk, past the McLain twins and Pastor Parkins, who were still gossiping, to the familiar cobblestone road at the end of Main Street, which curved and bent its way back to Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast, the Hale family business and their childhood home.
They stared up the oak and dogwood tree-lined drive to the two-story blue Victorian home, its wide front porch empty except for the six rocking chairs that had always sat there, and the white porch swing where Savannah's mama used to read to the kids before bed during the summer.
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Loved it! I feel like I am starting to sound like a broken record when I review books by Melissa West but I almost don’t even care. Trust me when I say that Melissa West needs to be on your radar. I fell in love with her writing in the YA genre but she has easily won me over with both her New Adult books and now her Adult Romance books. Your B&B or Mine has a lot of things – wonderful characters, a story that pulled me into their lives, and of course plenty of swoon and banter. Savannah Hale is headed back to Maple Cove and it isn’t because of anything good. After her mother’s recent passing, she is now trying to figure out what to do with the bed and breakfast her family has run for her entire life. On top of that, there are a lot of painful memories in Maple Cove that Savannah prefers to leave in the past and now that she is back in town, they are all right in front of her – including Logan Park..the man she would prefer not to remember. What to say about Logan…he definitely has some demons. Growing up in Maple Cove he always noticed Savannah but there were a number of things that kept him from doing anything about it. The first being his family and the thought that he wasn’t good enough for Savannah. He always did his best to keep his distance but then his best friend Will notices Savannah and reason number two turns out to be Will. West delivers by creating such real characters and stories I can become invested in. I was immediately drawn into this story because I could connect with both Savannah and Logan. I needed to know how Logan was going to get past the guilt he felt not only for being in love with his best friend’s girl but also because he survived. And Savannah was also facing her own guilt – for not being there when her mother died and for not loving Will like she felt she should have. Seeing these two work through all of this and then realizing they both mean more to each other than they thought was what made this story for me. Also, the banter between these two made me smile. I also loved the secondary characters am crossing my fingers that we get to learn more about Savannah’s brother and sister…and perhaps get glimpses of these two in the future. As I have said before, if you haven’t read anything by Melissa West yet you should fix that. If you’re looking for a great romance that will have you rooting for both the heroine and hero, consider checking this one out when you can. Great characters, a wonderful story, and of course some swoon to make you want a Logan of your very own.
Your B&B of Mine? by Melissa West was a cute romance involving two people coping, quite unsuccessfully, with losses. There are many things she hasn't dealt with yet. The same can be said for Logan. They have so much baggage between them and so many hurt feelings, needless to say they didn't have a happy reunion within this book, but I loved watching them work through things page by page as they both coped, came to terms with their losses, and learned to live again. I think this is a story many people can relate to on some level. Sure, it has corny moments, but you have to have some lightness with all that heaviness to even things out. The ARC Your B&B or Mine? by Melissa West was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
This is a small town romance set in the deep south. Savannah never planned on coming back to Maple Grove, but all that changes when she has the task of he family B&B after her mom passes. Maple Grove has a lot of mixed emotions for Savannah because she had her high school sweetheart, but also their was a boy Logan. Logan is back too and he has the task by his company to take away Savannah's B&B, but she is the girl whose had his heart forever. Can they have their chance or will the business of the B&B be too much for this couple? I really liked Logan. The best way I can describe him is a sweetheart and gentlemen, but with passion in spades. Most women would kill to have a Logan in her life. Savannah's life is taking a new turn the question is, is she ready for it? Along the way she might just find herself and see the real Savannah.
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! I have been desperate for a sweet and easy romance. Something without all the complications and stomping of emotions. Don't get me wrong, I love those more often then not but lately I've just really needed something that wasn't going to rip my heart to shreds and yet still give me all the feels. After many fails finally, finally I've found everything I was looking for in this book. The characters, the setting, the second-ish chance at love...it was all just so perfect and exactly what I'd been needing. I feel like I have this weird little B&B setting fetish. For some reason if it's in the title or mentioned in the description I kind of forget everything else and always decide it's a must read. There's just something so sweet and quaint with a bed and breakfast that attracts me and draws me in. The Maple Cove B&B was perfect in that role. I kind of need it to be a real place along with Logan and Savannah so I can go stay there. Sigh. Dang fiction! It was so much fun getting to know all of the Hale family, and Logan of course. I mean it is a tragic way to start off meeting Savannah and her sister Leigh and brother Jack. All reeling from the loss of their mother. But in a way you also get to really see each one of their personalities pretty clearly. Savannah the oldest always trying to be the rock and hold everything together. To fix everything. Yet on the inside she's falling apart and feeling like she's failing everyone. I loved her character so much. I'll be honest for a tiny bit when you first meet him...Logan kind of got on my nerves. It's really stupid though when I tell you my reason. I'm sure you'll be like "Uh...okay, Sheri. That's it?" It was because he constantly had a smirk. I told you it's silly. But, it was like every single time that Savannah looked at him it was like "a smirk appeared on Logan's face" or even in his point of view "he couldn't help but smirk" types of things. I think because it kept happening I wanted to be like "learn some new facial expressions buddy!" Regardless of that silly fact though Logan is pretty much the whole package with such a huge heart. I am totally smitten with this guy! I really don't want to say too much because there's more than one complication that stands between Logan, Savannah and happily ever after. But I loved how easy and real all those aspects to the storyline felt and were dealt with. There were just enough complications to make you wonder if things could be fixed but not too much that there wasn't a spec of hope. The relationship was achingly sweet and more often than not had me sighing with what I'm sure was probably a huge goofy grin on my face. It's just so stinking sweet!!! I loved it. This was such an easy read, full of heart and sweet, sweet romance in a quaint little southern town where people know what you ate for breakfast before you even walk out your front door. Lots of fun to be had with this series I can already tell. Bring on more! Huge thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
You know those books that give you the warm fuzzies? Your B&B or Mine? is definitely one of those. Melissa West did a fantastic job of bringing the Southern charm, and sweet romance. I adored both Savannah and Logan. Both characters are stubborn, and refuse to let go of whatever guilt and regrets they have. They obviously have a spark, and I don’t see a point in fighting it. Seeing these two characters bicker and relax around each other was endearing. The writing is fun, honest, and exactly what I’d expect from a novel that takes place in the South. I loved the town of Maple Cove. It screams small town. You have the nosy people everywhere, and those that just want to stir up trouble. I also liked seeing Savannah interact with her siblings. Not everything is perfect, but they are family. What can ya do? I do hope we get more of them later on. If you are looking for a Rom-Com worthy book, Your B&B or Mine? is one you should pick up. It’s full of swoon, emotion, great characters, and a sweet (and sometimes full of busy bodies) town.
What a beautifully written story! I could connect to Savannah so strongly. It is so hard to lose your mom. And her emotions were so raw and close to the edge. I could feel her pain. It has been 20 years for me and that pain never goes away. Some of the scenes Savannah went through, I could remember from my own experience. And in this story when Logan showed up for her during the ceremony, tears flowed down my face, it was so sweet. Their journey to each other was long and confusing for them, both guilt over their love for Will and their feelings for each other. I loved the way the same person helped them figure out how they should move on and be happy. I cannot express how much this book touched me and the many emotions I felt while reading it. It was just so good at capturing the loss, the love, the hope. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
I'd like to thank Entangled Bliss for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I will be the first to say I don't read a lot of adult books. But I'm in love with the romance genre. Throw in second chance romance and my heart goes pitter patter! Melissa West has quickly become one of my favorite and go to authors. Whether she's writing romance or YA science fiction, she pulls me in and I can't seem to let go! Savannah is probably one of my favorite female characters in a romance. Why, you ask? Because she is no nonsense strong. And she doesn't falter when she knows what she needs to do for her life to go a certain way. But when a kink is thrown in, she does get a little agitated and out of sorts, which I also love. Because there is no person that doesn't have their moments of self doubt! Savannah is real and that's what makes me love her the most! Then there's Logan. Oh boy. Talk about swoon worthy leading man. Logan is not only a former soldier, be still my heart, but he's also someone Savannah had grown very close to after the death of her high-school sweetheart. And Logan can't forget this connection. But he also can't forget that his best friend died fighting for our country, and he feels somewhat responsible for that. I love the conflict between Savannah and Logan. As much as they want to stay apart, and be enemies, they just can't seem to do it. There's too many thing that were left unsaid when Logan abruptly left for his tour of duty just as they were getting as close as they could get. And now, he's working for the company that wants to take away Savannah's family's bed and breakfast, and she'll do whatever it takes to make that not happen. But this book isn't just about romance, though that is a huge part of the plot. It's about mending broken hearts and broken friendships. It's about coming home and realizing what you left behind means more to you than you could ever have imagined. Both characters have their demons and fight to keep them at bay. But doing so only draws them closer together. Ultimately, they must both face those demons to truly see what they want and need in their lives. As with all her books, West makes such an impact with her writing. She never fails to grab you and make you want to hold on for the ride. She continues to be an author I will always read, no matter what she chooses to right. Fans of small town romance will really love this sweet and sassy story of a small town girl and boy who return to each other and find just what they need in the least expected of places.
Your B&B or Mine? by Melissa West is a sweet romantic tale of second chance love, a little bit of heartache and a happily ever after. Savannah left Maple Cover, Georgia in her rearview after getting her heart broken. She has been back once in the handful of years she has been gone (for her father's funeral) and is back once more for her mother's funeral. She is heart-broken over her loss and determined to get their family B&B back on it's feet. Logan has always loved Savannah. When his best friend Will began dating her in high school Logan knew Will was more worthy of her then he could ever be. With a bit of distance and sarcasm he managed to keep his true feelings for Savannah hidden for the most part. Ever since Will died in combat, a death Logan feels responsible for, Logan has tried to make of himself and his life everything Will lost the chance to. When he ends up back in Maple Cover looking to buy the B&B for his firm he doesn't expect the battle of wills to come or the tancity that Savannah has for her childhood home and family legacy. Second chance romance - the angst you feel at the lost time and missed opportunities coupled with the rekindling of that love that will make you swoon. A very enjoyable read.
I am always looking forward to another Melissa West book, so when I saw this one, I knew I wanted to read it! It sounded super cute with a small-town vibe and I just love those! Sure enough, it was just what I needed to snuggle up with as the weather turned colder and the days shorter. It was a cute, sweet read and I enjoyed seeing Logan and Savannah try to maneuver their way around one another... and their lingering teenage feelings! My heart was broken for Savannah as she is forced to come back home to Maple Cove to do the unimaginable: make funeral arrangements for her mom. Having lost her father already, the Hales must lean on another during such a difficult time. Savannah, as the eldest, feels a responsibility to be a source of strength for her siblings, but that is a challenge, as she is wrecked herself. In addition to this, her family's B&B is in financial trouble and while none of them ever really wanted to run it, it strikes up some nostalgia when it comes down to letting it go. I liked Savannah's character and I can't even imagine how she feels during this time. She feels immense guilt after leaving behind the small town of Maple Cove, after she got her heart broken so many years ago by her former boyfriend's best friend. She feels like she's missed valuable time with her mom and that really hurt my heart. Savannah isn't the only person who's returned to Maple Cove. Logan Park has too and he just so happens to be with the company that wants to buy the B&B after it goes into foreclosure. Between that and Savannah's heartbreak over his suddenly leaving her all those years ago, things between the two are not the easiest. In fact, the two squabble quite a bit. Savannah has a hard time keeping her cool with him and the feelings he invokes in her certainly don't help either. Logan isn't a bad guy though. He was put in a difficult position when it came to his feelings for her, as she was his best friend's girl. After losing his best friend in the military, the two leaned on one another during such a painful time and eventually couldn't fight the attraction either one felt. However, Logan carries some serious guilt over his best friend's death, how it happened, and how he should proceed from there, so while hurting Savannah was the last thing he wanted, it was the one thing he knew he had to do in hopes she would move on and find someone different. Savannah and Logan have serious unfinished business when it comes to one another. Savannah can try to mask her feelings with anger, but at the root of it is her heartbreak over a boy she really cared about. I was a bit conflicted over Logan's intentions at being back in Maple Cove. He knows he needs to keep his distance from her because of his former best friend, but he also wants to be the one there for her, as she is going through such a hard time. They have some really sweet, tender moments together and I was rooting for these two to confess their feelings for each other. However, I didn't understand why he made the decision he did in the end. It was corrected fairly quickly, but just seemed like added conflict that I think we could have done without. Overall, I thought this was a cute story and I loved the small town Gilmore Girls feel. I can't wait for more books in the series and I really hope we get stories from Savannah's siblings, Leigh and Jack!
4 heartwarming stars Your B&B or Mine was a sweet and emotional romance. My heart went out to both Savannah and Logan, I liked both characters and watching them work through their miscommunications, heartache and doubts left me with a heart full of happy feels. I'm a fan of Melissa West's writing and once again she's delivered a touching and sweet romance with an entertaining plot and likeable characters. I highly recommend Your B&B or Mine!
A second chance love story Savannah and Logan had this connection- Logan's best friend and Savannah's boyfriend died in a line of duty and because of this, Logan has taken this to heart that this is his fault that he is alive and Savannah’s boyfriend died. There is a history there between the three of them—Savannah‘s boyfriend ended up choosing the military over her and ended up dying overseas. Logan came home and broke the news to her and she broke down-Logan stayed to help her cope and they ended up forming a connection that was deeper than either thought. What happened was Logan up and left her behind as well…no Logan and no Will. Savannah was all alone with really no one . Well then Savannah gets news that her mom has died and she will have to go home for the funeral. Back to Maple Grove and the man who she realized she loved more than she loved her dead boyfriend. There is so much pain and drama in this book and oh the anger there. It was hard to get thru at times. I did understand where Savannah was coming from—how could she trust Logan to stay around if he left her once and I did understand Logan’s point of view if she chose Will over him , would she stay with him …but there were some glaring inconsistencies’ in this story that made me just want to see this written a different way and also to see an epilogue which shows the MC several months to a year down the road on how they are doing. I will be honest; this wasn’t my favorite book by this author. I just found this book was not a good fit for me. I think I could not connect to the characters and their situation. It seemed at times implausible but it could be this was a hard fit story for me. I do like this author and I will give her next book a try but this is a pass for me. My Rating: 3.0 stars *** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****
This was a really cute read that I had no problem picturing in my mind. Melissa West has the great ability to paint a picture with words that makes you feel like you are right in the middle of the scenes in the book. I love that about her writing! Savannah is a young lady that moved away from home several years earlier and is now having serious regrets about not being able to spend more time with her family. When Savannah has to return home to help plan her mother's funeral, the emotions are even stronger for her. She wishes that she had had more time with her mother now. Savannah is also left with the B&B that her mother ran. Little does she know how bad off the B&B is and what all she is going to have to do to try and keep it. Logan, an old friend of Savannah's that was with her boyfriend when he was KIA, also is back in town to deal with some business. Things have been sort of distant for Logan and Savannah because of the position he was in with her boyfriend. What Savannah doesn't know at first is that Logan is there on business that concerns the B&B being bought by someone else. With things heating up between Logan and Savannah (in a good way), will Savannah be able to save the B&B or will Logan's company beat her out and take over the B&B? This is one sweet story that you have to read. Left me with all good feelings! I love great stories like this one! Thanks Melissa West for a great read and can't wait for more from you!
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* My feelings about this book are ambivalent. I didn't really like the characters much, especially Logan, who I felt was a weak-willed jerk. He was so busy feeling guilty and trying to live someone else's life that he didn't seem to care how deeply he hurt Savannah, the woman he was supposed to be in love with. If he was really trying to live Will's life, it would have made more sense for him to be with Savannah than not. As for Savannah, I don't understand how you can be brokenhearted over your mother's death when you only cared enough to visit once in 8 years. Savannah obviously hadn't seen her sister Leigh in all that time either because she was a teenager the last time Savannah saw her. The story is uneven - uninteresting enough at the beginning to irritate me somewhat, improving slightly in the middle, then taking a nose dive at the end. This is probably the harshest review I have written yet but for me this story didn't really work.
Your B&B or Mine by Melissa West is another great book. Melissa has a way of making you fall in love with the characters, like they are friends or family. I absolutely fell in love with Savannah and Logan story. This book has you crying one time and smiling ear to ear the next. It is a sweet small town romance story, if you are looking for a fantastic book here you go. Melissa West is one of my favorite authors that I will miss one of her books. You should make her on your list as well, you will not regret it. I was given an ARC of this book, for my honest review.
A wonderful small town romance on second chance sweet romance of Savannah and Luke in Maple Grove. Loved the B&B, I want to visit and watch a movie under the stars too. I fell in love with Luke immediately, what he wouldn't do for a friend that died and to help Savannah in saving her B&B, even though he was suppose to be helping his corporation in buying it. This is my first Melissa West book, and I am hoping she will have more Bliss books in the future. I received this book from netgalley for an honest review.
Savannah Hale has never really wanted to return to her hometown of Maple Cove, because she isn't ready to deal with all the memories that are waiting there for her, or being subjected to the small town gossip mill again. Growing up in Maple Cove was hard for her, everybody always knew her business and had a opinions about it, most of which weren't exactly welcoming, so first chance she got to escape it she was gone. Her only bright spot in Maple Cove was her boyfriend Will, and when he chose to enlist in the military it broke her heart to see him go and leave her behind, but she had hope he'd return home and they'd marry and start their planned out future together. But Will lost his life in Afghanistan and she was left alone to pick up the pieces and find a way to move on without him, that is until his best friend Logan stepped in to help her survive the grief. He provided the comfort, friendship, and support she needed, and naturally spending that much time with him lead to something more, something both of them weren't ready to deal with. Logan felt like he was betraying his friend, so he walked away, and Savannah was once again alone. Finding out her mother had passed away was devastating for her, and she know's having to return home to Maple Cove isn't going to be easy, but it's something she has to do. But what she finds when she gets there is far more than she was ready to deal with...Logan has returned home too. Logan Park has always had a crush on Savannah Hale, but she chose his best friend, so he just found a way to bury the crush and put on a brave face. After graduation his best friend Will and him joined the military and left small town life behind, including Savannah. But when Will loses his life it's up to Logan to return home and break the news to Savannah. Having her fall apart in front of him is almost more than he can bare, but he promised Will he'd take care of her, and so he does what he can to honor the promise made to his friend, he gives her the shoulder she needs to cry on and tries his best to help her move on. But in doing so, he starts to fall for her all over again, and this time she chooses him, and he doesn't know if he can handle that, so he walks away...and he's regretted it everyday since. And now that he's heard she is returning home to Maple Cove, he's desperate to win her back, and he will do whatever it takes to get her back into his arms...this time for keeps! This story captured my attention right from the start and held on tight until the last page was turned, and has been lingering with me since. It is a second chance love story that will have you in tears one minute, and smiling from ear to ear the next, definitely one that will tap into your emotions and pull on your heartstrings!! I thoroughly enjoyed Logan and Savannah's story, and look forward to reading more of Ms. West's books, she is definitely a master at her craft!! Highly recommend you add this one to the top of your reading list, it's sure to warm your heart!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review!
“No goodbye, no explanation. He allowed her to hate him instead of love him. It was the second hardest thing he’d ever done in his life, but at the same time, it was the right thing to do.” Your B&B or Mine? is another great hit from Melissa West. It’s one of those stories that pulls you in, captivates you and just warms your heart. Your B&B or Mine? follows the story of Logan and Savannah. Savannah never planned on returning home; the memories there were just too painful. However, when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to return. Not only is she dealing with a broken heart from the loss of her mother, but she also has to deal with her family’s legacy. There is so much that needs to be done, and the B&B is in despair. The last thing Savannah planned on, was running into Logan again…..When Logan sees Savannah again, he feels like no time has passed at all. But, Logan has his own demons and regrets to deal with. Logan has sacrificed so much for the woman that he loves, but can never have. Only time will tell what will happen next now that the girl he let get away has returned home. I loved everything about this story, from start to finish. It was the perfect small town/second chance romance. I was pulled into the story from the very first page and found myself unable to put it down. This story will really pull at your heart and tug at your emotions. Once you get to know Logan and Savannah, it is hard not to fall in love with them and see how their journey will play out. Your B&B or Mine? was a quick and easy read for me. Once again, Melissa West has provided me with great characters and a really heart-warming story. This story had the perfect blend of small town charm, some angst, romance and was light on the drama. And I for one can not wait to see what journey Melissa West will take me on next! *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
Rating: 4.5/5 This is a delightful bliss second chance romance involving overcoming feelings of inadequacy, acknowledging that what your parents are or were don’t have to determine your own value but still fighting for family heritage. As a teenager, Savannah Hale lived in Maple Cove, Georgia at the B&B run by her parents. She used to go round with Will and Logan, Will being her boyfriend, though it is really Logan she loves. Will and Logan joined the armed services and, unfortunately,Will was killed whilst on tour in Afghanistan. Logan is the one who came back home and supported Savannah through the tragic funeral, then, after kissing her, disappeared from her life to return back to the army without even saying goodbye or leaving a note. Now Savannah’s Mother has died, so she’s returned home for the second time in years – the first time was for her father’s funeral. She discovers that the family run B&B is in financial difficulties but is still shocked when Logan turns up and claims he’ll be buying the business on behalf of his employers before she’s even had chance to bury her Mum. You’ll have to read it yourself to discover how small time gossips, past history and fighting for the future all play their role in this well written second chance romance. Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was an awesome read! A great blend of small town romance, a bit of angst, a touch of drama, and a whole lot of forgiveness. Savannah and Logan are great characters. I fell in love with Logan right away. Savannah took a little time to warm up to but in the end I adored her. This one gives us a great lesson of moving on with life and going after what you really want. Definitely one I recommend!
A sweet romance, interwoven with past regrets and memories. Savannah Hale returns home to the town she never thought she'd see again. Maple Cove, Georgia holds too many memories of love shared, and lost for her. Now she's back to bury her Mom and deal with the details surrounding the family B & B. Logan Park hasn't been back in Maple Cove, GA in years either. Now he's back to make sure the real estate company he works for will be able to buy the B & B. Savannah and Logan have history ... he was her high school sweetheart Will's best friend. Will & Logan joined the Army together after high school, and Will was killed in combat. Savannah has missed Will all these years, but she's missed Logan just as much ... or more. Can they finally admit to their feelings for one another and get past the guilt they also feel to share a future?
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review... Slow going, I know the south moves at a snails pace but this book could use a cup of coffee. The heroine, Savannah, seems to be stuck in a love triangle with an old flame, Will, who has passed away and a never was flame, Logan, who she wants so much. Trouble is it's a small town and nothing happens without the whole town knowing. Savannah has come back from Boston to bury her mother not fall in love or run her families failing B&B. The thing is she didn't realize the B&B was failing and the very person trying to steal it is the one man she has wanted for years. Can Savannah save the B&B before it's too late and is it too with Logan too?
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