on June 15th 2012
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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First comes love, then comes marriage…
At least, that was Gracie's plan at the ripe old age of fourteen. She loved eighteen-year-old heartthrob Riley with a desperation that made her a town legend. Even now that she's all grown up, the locals in sleepy Los Lobos won't let her forget her youthful crush.
And how can she, when she's face-to-face with Riley at every turn? The onetime bad boy has come back to town seeking respectability—but the sparks that fly between them are anything but respectable! Gracie's determined to keep her distance, but when someone sets out to ruin both their reputations, the two discover that first love is sometimes better the second time around.
5 Feel Good Stars!!
Fourteen-year-old Gracie Landon falls in love with eighteen-year-old Riley Whitefield, really truly in love. Her antics to discourage him from dating got so out of hand that she made the local small town newspaper which became to be known as “The Gracie Chronicles”. Her mother, in desperation, and in what was supposed to be a temporary solution, shipped Gracie off to live with her aunt and uncle, however, it would be 14 years until she finally returns. Much to Gracie’s dismay, her antics are town lore and NOT forgotten.
“She’d been so hopeful that people would forget her.”
Gracie is now a successful and popular wedding cake maker and has returned home for her younger sister’s wedding. Her plans to keep a low profile take a turn when her older sister convinces her to help find out if her husband, Zeke, is having an affair… her husband happens to be Riley Whitefield’s campaign manager in his run for mayor of Los Lobos. Predictably, Riley catches a mortified Gracie snooping around his house, she attempts to explain to Riley what she was doing, but because of her past behavior, Riley is naturally wary of Gracie and her motives.
“Wilma’s favorite is the time you nailed his girlfriend’s doors and windows shut so she couldn’t get out for their date. That’s a good one, but my favorite is the time you laid down right in front of his car”.
Riley needs to become mayor if he wants to inherit his uncle’s multi-million estate and worries that a scandal by Zeke could hurt his campaign. As they work to uncover the truth about Zeke’s nocturnal activities they reluctantly begin to slowly fall for one another.
There’s some family angst with Gracie’s mom and sisters who all managed to piss me off with their selfishness, but there is also fun, witty dialogue and an untrusting broken hunky hero. I love the way Riley slowly becomes attracted to Gracie, it was so unexpected for him it made him question his sanity and his inner dialogue was quite funny. This book is just fun to read and is one of my personal favorite feel good reads.