Release Date: June 2015.
Publisher: Escape Publishing.
Source: From publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Challenge: It is the 11th Book I have read for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
She went from having everything to having nothing—except what she really needed.
Heiress Lily Schofield never had to think about money, until suddenly she no longer has any. Left destitute by her father’s shady dealings, Lily has only one place to go: Mirabook, her mother’s country estate and the place she spent every childhood summer running wild with the station manager’s son, Josh. Until that last time, ten years ago, when everything went horribly wrong.
Strong, reliable and definitely country, Josh Farrell may have worshipped and adored his summer friend, but that was before he found out what she and her family were really like. Mirabook has stood empty for a decade, and Josh has been waiting a long time for the chance to turn the tables and make Mirabook his own.
But now Lily is back in town, looking to make the move permanent, and all Josh can see is the truckload of unfinished business she brought with her…
No Place Like You was a sweet but sizzling rural romance. I was quick to fall into this book and quick to fall in love with the two main characters.They felt so real and leapt off the page. Their back and forth relationship was tantalizing and kept me reading eagerly without wanting to put it down.
Lily and Josh were best friends, until a horrible incident tore them apart ten years ago. Josh’s father was also caught in the crossfire and his life was ruined. Josh is seeking revenge on the family who broke his dad, and he is determined to own Mirabook, the house he spent his summers in until that fateful day.
Lily has lost everything, including both of her parents, and thanks to her father, she has also lost all her money. She has nothing left but Mirabook, the old country house her mother owned, and her car. She returns to the town she spent her childhood summers in, needing to start over.
When she and Josh are reunited, there is a lot of buried feelings that start to resurface. Lily has never forgotten Josh and feels an undeniable attraction to him. Josh feels that attraction too, but he can’t let go of his hate for her family, and it builds a wall between them.
My love for rural romance seems like it isn’t going to fade anytime soon. This was another example of a wonderful rural romance. There were a few steamy scenes, and there was one scene in particular that I would have to vote as one of the best, if not the best, steamy scenes I have ever read. It wasn’t the description of the act but the emotion described throughout it that made it such a standout.
One of the many reasons I love rural romance is the close-knit communities depicted within them. There is a mix bag of locals in the town’s committee. There was great growth in these characters as they first went out of their way to exclude Lily, and then opening up to her slowly and accepting her.
No Place Like You was a feel good, sizzling romance that will leave you swooning. If you love romance, especially the rural kind, I highly recommend this one.
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