Monday, April 1, 2013

The Love Shack-Christie Ridgeway

The Love Shack

Christie Ridgeway

Harlequin HQN, Mar 26 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777150

Combat photographer Gage Lowell returns to his family’s childhood summer home in Crescent Cove, California for his twin brother’s wedding (see Beach House No. 9 for Griffin’s tale). However, his recent stint on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border has him shook up though he is stateside. Gage knows his correspondence with Cove childhood friend Skye Alexander kept him sane.

However, instead of a warm greeting, Skye keeps her distance from Gage. She has a secret she fears being exposed; and does not want to be hurt as she has loved Gage since they were children, but he never showed an iota of reciprocation. Skye expects once his sibling marries he will leave her life forever.

The third Crescent Cove summer romance (see Bungalow Nights) contains two engaging romances (the married sister of the twins Polly and firefighter Teague). Ironically, the Polly-Teague supporting subplot is the fresh entry while the main storyline between Skye and Gage comes across as similar to the previous tales. Readers will appreciate this warm summer romance starring likable characters with personal issues to overcome to achieve loving permanent relationships.

Harriet Klausner

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