Author: Judi Lynn
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release date: April 12, 2016
About the book: Welcome to Mill Pond and small-town country living, filled with fresh air, fresh food, and plenty of fresh gossip—especially when it comes to romance…
It’s impossible not to notice when someone new shows up in Mill Pond. Especially someone as obviously out-of-place as Ian McGregor. His stylish suit and fancy car scream “city slicker.” And when Tessa Lawrence discovers he can’t even change a tire, she has no choice but to help. That’s just what the locals do. And when she finds out Ian’s her new neighbor, of course she’s obliged to invite him to dinner too…
Turns out Ian’s come from New York to open a luxury resort on the property next door to Tessa’s farm, where she grows berries and sells her famous jams and delectable baked goods. But despite their quickly growing friendship and temptingly close proximity, Tessa plans to keep things with Ian strictly neighborly. For one thing, Ian’s got a fiancée who, unlike Tessa, doesn’t have dirt under her nails. Plus, Tessa knows from bitter experience that a guy this gorgeous is all too likely to break a simple country girl’s heart. Even if he’s as sweet as one of her cinnamon buns—and equally hard to resist…
My thoughts: I liked Tessa and Ian right from the beginning. They were both very laid back, comfortable with who they are, spoke their minds. Tessa has been running her bakery/farm for the last 6 years. She had a fiance once, until she found another woman in his arms, and since then she has pretty much sworn off men. She writes romance novels during the off season and that is as much romance as she she is inclined to entertain.
Of course, everyone else in her life - from her friend Darinda to her grandma would like to see her paired off with some handsome man. Ian seems to fit the bill except that he comes with a city slicker girlfriend Lily. Ian has come to Mill Pond to get his new resort in working order. This means lots of renovations as well as decorating. Good thing the girl next door shares his interests and knows the area! Lily is planning on moving in after the renovations are done, and as she travels all week for work - will only be around on the weekends. It soon becomes clear (to everyone but Ian) that Lily is not a country girl - nor does she seem to be able to become one.
I liked Judi Lynn's writing and enjoyed this first book in the Mill Pond series. The second book Opposites Distract is coming out in July. She referenced another author Ilona Andrews a few times in this book, so I figured I would have to check her out as well! I figured that if I liked Judi's writing, then I would probably like someone she likes as well. Magic Bites is now on hold for me at the library.
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