by JoAnn Ross
Series: Honeymoon Harbor #2
Published by HQN on October 30, 2018
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cops
Source: The Publisher
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Publisher.
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Harper is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, returning home isn’t even a question when her mom faces a cancer scare. Which means running into Aiden Mannion all over town, the first boy she ever loved—and lost—and whom she can barely look in the eye.
Aiden’s black-sheep reputation may have diminished when he joined the marines, but everything he’s endured since has left him haunted. Back in Honeymoon Harbor to heal, he’s talked into the interim role of police chief, and the irony isn’t lost on the locals, least of all Aiden. But seeing Jolene after all these years is the unexpected breath of fresh air he’s been missing. He’s never forgotten her through all his tours, but he’s not sure anymore that he’s the man she deserves.
Despite the secret they left between them all those years ago, snow is starting to fall on their picturesque little town, making anything seem possible…maybe even a second chance at first love.
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is book #2 in the Honeymoon Harbor series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
I spent the majority of my time reading this book propped up on the couch in front of the Christmas tree, with a wretched cold. As such, it took me a while to get through reading it but it was so worth it!
Jolene Wells is a successful makeup artist working in Los Angeles when she receives some bad news. Her mom has had a cancer scare and is resistant to the doctor’s recommendation of follow-up tests. Determined to be there for her mom, Jolene returns to her hometown of Honeymoon Harbor, Washington.
Fresh back in town, Jolene crosses paths with Aiden Mannion, the one who got away so many years ago. Once upon a time, Jolene and Aiden had a secret high school romance. Jolene was from the wrong side of the tracks, which left her vulnerable to the town’s mean girls. Aiden was from an upstanding family, but a bad boy incident left him facing an ultimatum from a judge: go to juvie, or enlist in the Marines after graduation. Off to the Marines Aiden went.
After leaving the military, Aiden worked for the LAPD before landing back in Honeymoon Harbor as their interim police chief. But Aiden’s facing traumatic memories and ghosts from the past that he can’t seem to shake.
During a traffic stop, he pulls Jolene over on her first day back in town. It’s obvious that there’s plenty of unfinished business between the two of them, and the sparks that flew so easily fourteen years ago are brighter than ever.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The romance is a true slow burn and I loved the second chance elements that are magnified by Jolene and Aiden’s complicated history. I only wished that we could have had more glimpses into their rekindled romance, as I loved their inevitable reunion and wish we could have spent more time lingering on it.
With small-town romances, sometimes the various characters can seem like an afterthought or merely comic relief. That’s not the case here. The supporting characters feel just as fully fleshed-out as the main ones, leaving me with a lasting impression of the town (and a desire to visit, if only it were possible). I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first book in the series, as well as reading the next one.
More than just a feel-good read, Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is a story about the importance of family and community, and the sweetness of love that’s been lost and found. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4.5 stars