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- Print Length: 217 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Shine (July 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MCX9DWS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Carmen is stuck in her hometown. And wanting nothing more than to get out. What's worse is Sully, the carnie that broke her heart and left her standing in a parking lot waiting is back. And no one told her. Looking sexier than ever, she doesn't know why he's back. All she knows is she can't be near him. He still has that invisible pull that she can't seen to resist.
Sully has wanted nothing more than a home. To set roots down. And Homs is where Carmen is. Destroying her all those years ago was never his intention. He didn't want the carnie life for her. But now he's back and he wants her. But she is reluctant to even speak to him. Until she finds out he owns the company building the boardwalk.
As these two fight their never ending feelings, truths come out and betrayals not for seen cause one of them to run. Will this be a repeat of the past or will they find their way back home??
Sully Hart lived a nomadic life since his father owned a carnival. He has traveled the world, but longs to settle down. So now he is back in Charmed and building a stable entertainment complex. He wants roots, a home, and the girl he left behind back. But people in small towns have long memories and he is not exactly popular. There is definite opposition to his return, including that of Carmen
She is overwhelmed by his reappearance, and is hurt, angry, and still feels betrayed. She might also be just a bit obsessed. She doesn't want to be, but he is hard to resist. He alternately seems sad, broody, mad, disappointed, and impatient. He's got his reasons for his choices, but she doesn't know them. So he is basically the subject of all of her ire. She's already had her time in the town spotlight and does not want to be there anymore, But Sully's reappearance, drama with her ex, some shenanigans, and a nosy town put her center stage again. And the town does not hide their feelings for him either.
Sully is intense, charismatic, and feels deep. Carmen is fiery, smart, and strong-willed. She never really escaped the effects of their past, and has serious trust issues. He just wants to stay and have a real home, while she's got wanderlust and is wanting to leave. She's got up walls and is terrified of getting hurt again. And he is equally afraid that he will not get another chance. They punish themselves and each other in various ways and at times both fight the charms of Charmed. Their feelings were developed in the past, and never really burned out. so they are an intense pair. They have good chemistry, drive each other crazy, and make each other feel alive. I have to admit that it was a bit frustrating too due to the communication issues and stubbornness. I might have found myself talking back to the characters a few times and calling them out.
One thing about Charmed is that it is full of quirky characters and antics. There are some seriously interesting town dynamics and strong personalities that add to the drama and humor. This one had quite a few secrets lurking under the surface and some were big ones. The past and present collide, and many of the town members either have a front row seat or were involved in some way. It is told in Carmen's point of view, but I could still appreciate Sully's feelings and needs. Sometimes good intentions can have bad outcomes. Sometimes you have to look elsewhere before you can see what your future holds. This is about fighting for what you want, finding your home, and throws in some faith, fate, forgiveness, and healing.
This is a cute, antagonistic, passionate, and humorous second-chance small town love story. Lanie and Nick from the first book are back. Allie and Bash have also been side characters in the series and it looks like they will get their chance in the next book, Once a Charmer.
Carmen is a hot mess. Ironically, this is the exact same line that I used to describe Lanie in my review of the first book. Even though I didn't think it could be done, holy cow did Carmen out-hot-mess Lanie...and it wasn't even a close contest. This book is told completely from Carmen's point of view which is entertaining because of her aforementioned status as a total hot mess, but she is also so ridiculously scattered that it sometimes was difficult to follow. I liked her, I really did, but I wanted her to be stronger than she was, to be honest. Her outbursts in defense of herself were painted as something she should feel bad about, but those moments were the moments that I actually liked her the best. She should have had those outbursts from the start to curb the ridiculousness of the Charmed townspeople, Dean, and even her mom.
I liked Sully a lot, despite his very weak reasons for leaving Carmen behind without a word a decade before. I thought that he was a really good guy, and I liked the way that he was trying to make a better life for himself and the fact that he was trying to do all the right things to be a good guy, even when the people of Charmed treated him terribly. He's charming and sweet and a seriously good guy, which is refreshing in this day of guys who act like total jerks being called “alpha” to excuse their poor behavior. There's none of that here, he is just a seriously good guy.
If you like a good kissing scene, you're going to like Sully and Carmen together because these two have incredibly chemistry and their kissing scenes are smoking hot.
While Aunt Ruby was cute in the first book, I have to admit that the “Bailey” stuff that happened in this one wasn't my cup of tea at all. It wasn't a deal-breaker and it didn't make me want to quit reading, but it made me roll my eyes very hard as I read. That whole scene felt like a Star Trek fanfic rather than a contemporary romance novel – without that this would have been a five star read for me.
Although this book doesn't have the same sweet, charming qualities that made the first book in the series a must-read, it's a cute, easy read and a nice addition to this series. I cannot wait to read Allie and Bash's book.
I was generously granted an ARC of this book via NetGalley and was under no obligation to write this review.
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