cover image Something So Sweet

Something So Sweet

Joy Avery. Montlake, $12.95 trade paper (360p) ISBN 978-1-5420-3413-5

Avery (His Ultimate Desire) launches her Honey Hill series with a charming second-chance romance following Lunden Pierce and Quade Cannon as they rekindle their old flame. Lunden, the mayor of Honey Hill, N.C., adores her small town, especially its main attraction, the Inn on Main. Chaos ensues when Quade, Lunden’s summer love from her teenage years, inherits the inn and returns to town. Though Quade has good memories of his summers in Honey Hill, and especially of his time with Lunden, he has little use for the inn his aunt left him and plans to stay around just long enough to sell it. In an attempt to persuade Quade to reconsider this decision, Lunden refamiliarizes him with the town’s beauty and its residents’ charm—and as Lunden works to make Quade fall in love with Honey Hill, she falls for him as well. But with a time limit on Quade’s visit, both Lunden and Quade must decide whether their love for each other is bigger than their disagreements about small-town life and the future of the inn. Sensual romance and page-turning plotting make this one sing. This uplifting tale makes a persuasive argument that true love exists. Agent: Elaine Spencer, the Knight Agency. (Jan.)