cover image Come What Maybe

Come What Maybe

Kerri Carpenter. Entangled Amara, $8.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-64937-141-6

Carpenter (Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend) enchants with the first-rate second-chance romance that launches her Seaside Cove series. Successful social media strategist Lauren Wallace returns to her tiny beachside hometown of Seaside Cove, Maine, to join her salty grandmother and her uptight sister, Brooke, in helping their younger sister, Gabby, find new direction after a career setback. Seeking an escape from family time, Lauren heads to the town’s one bar, the Thirsty Lobster, and runs into her high school frenemy Ethan McAllister, the bar’s owner. After a bit of banter, their chemistry ignites, leading to a one-night stand—and an unexpected pregnancy. As they navigate who they want to be to each other and to their child, love blooms, but an ill-timed misunderstanding threatens to split them up forever. Carpenter’s picturesque scene-setting invites readers to settle in and enjoy the stay in this quaint town, while the undeniable connection between her leads makes it easy to root for a happily ever after. A solid supporting cast—especially no-nonsense Grams—adds to the charm. Readers will be eager to return to Seaside Cove. (Feb.)