This is my first book by author Christie Ridgway and I was pleasantly happy I took a chance on this on. This was actually what I would say was a 2 for one. This book was not only about Vince and Layla but also had a nice bonus of Baxter and Addy. This is the 3rd book in this series and I can say that this can be read as a standalone.
Vince is a Combat Medic and he made a promise to his dying Colonel that he would help his daughter have an amazing summer at Beach House # 9 in Crescent Cove. Vince is determined to follow through with the dying wish of the Colonel and books the house and even hires a nanny (Addy March) for the Colonel’s daughter (who he mistakenly thinks is the little girl in the picture). He was in for a big shock when the beautiful (and NOT so little) Layla Parker walks up to his table.
Layla is nervous and excited to meet the man that tried to save her father. She has always been the dutiful solder’s daughter and as such will follow out her father’s dying wish no matter how much it pains her.
This was a great story. Very Sweet and there wasn’t a ton of angst in this. This story was about 2 lost souls looking to be loved and accepted for who they are. This was also the story of the magic that is Beach House #9.
I really enjoyed the book. As I said it was sweet, loving and had some cute and laugh out loud moments. I enjoyed the side story of of Addy and Baxter as well as the set up for Skye. I will most likely check out the next book because the author did a great job in piquing my interest.
The only thing that I would have to say that bothered me about the writing is the word usage. There were words that the author chose to use that did not work in the way she was going for. For Example: “He yanked a free chair from an adjacent table and “insinuated” it between her and the guy in the black T-Shirt.” While Insinuated “technically” means: maneuver oneself into (a position of favor or office) by subtle manipulation, this is not a traditional sense of the word and is awkward word usage. Perhaps she could have used, shoved, placed or separated instead.
Overall, if you are looking for a sweet story with low angst and an HEA this would be a great one to check out.