Title: NEXT COMES LOVE
Author: HELEN BRENNA
Line: HARLEQUIN SUPER ROMANCE
Release month ( North America/ UK / Australia): North America - October
The S-Factor: ( Sizzling! / Simmering / Sweet) SIMMERING
Street-smart city girl Erica Corelli spent the three best days of her childhood on Mirabelle Island. Now her sister has disappeared and Erica's on the run with her six-year-old nephew. The boy's father, an abusive Chicago cop, will stop at nothing to get his son back. Erica can only hope this unforgettable island paradise is a safe place to hide.
Garrett Taylor, the island's chief of police, takes one look at Erica and thinks, Trouble. The mysterious, sexy kind that disturbs a man's peace and instantly complicates the simple life Garrett came to Mirabelle to find. But no matter how hard he tries, he can't keep his mind—or his hands—off Ms. Couldn't Be More Wrong for Him
Review: (average of hearts overall out of 35 – so total hearts divided by five?) ♥♥♥♥♥
Ms. Brenna's second installment in the 'An Island To Remember' series, NEXT COMES LOVE is a wonderful suspense driven read. Garrett Taylor's moved to Mirabelle Island to be part-time police chief and escape his dark side that began to appear during his time as a Chicago cop. When he bumps into the mysterious newcomer Erica and her supposed son, something seems off about her story. When he finds out the truth from a news report that she's the boy's aunt and that the boy's been reported missing, Garrett sets out to uncover the truth.
Erica brought her nephew Jason to the one place she thinks will be safe: Mirabelle Island, the one place she remembers having a happy time as a child with her younger sister and mother. But when she bumps into Garrett Taylor, the chief of police of the small island within moments of their arrival, Erica's unnerved. Jason's abusive father is a cop, and don't all cops stick together? But Erica will have to battle her attraction to the part time cop, part time handyman as trouble looms.
I loved Garrett and Erica immediately. I loved how Erica is willing to put her life on hold to protect her six year old nephew and go on the run, waiting anxiously for word from her sister that she's okay and what Erica is supposed to do. Till then, she's biding her time on Mirabelle and trying to not find herself attracted to Garrett and not make friends, which is easier said than done in the small community as she works as cook and bartender at the small pub. What Erica doesn't want most, to feel connected to people there slowly happens. I loved the scenes early on in the book where Garrett's working on the small apartment Erica's renting above the restaurant and she finds herself reluctantly feeding the handsome handyman. The chemistry between the two is very fun to watch evolve.
It was a wonderful treat to return back to Mirabelle Island and meet more of the locals. With its own distinct flavor, Mirabelle is as much a character as Garrett, Erica and Jason. I look forward to the next in the series.
Definitely my favorite of the two books in the series so far, readers looking for a great mix of romance and suspense should pick up NEXT COMES LOVE.
Reviewed by: Lis
Hero Hotness Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Heroine Lovability Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Stickability Factor (will they have a happily ever after) ♥♥♥♥♥
Weepy Factor ♥♥♥♥