Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 11/5/13
Source: Received from publisher for review
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is a sweet river town known for its baseball, shopping, and cuisine. After finally rebounding from the recession, the residents are ready to repair their lives—and their hearts…I have been on an inadvertent streak lately, of picking up books mid-series and giving them a go. Luckily for me, these have all been companion books, really well-done in terms of filling new readers in on any important details, without being massive info-dumps for long-time readers.
After two very public broken engagements with two very famous men, Addison Monroe is ready to avoid the spotlight. She decides to put her wedding planning experience to good use by opening a bridal boutique. Setting up shop in small town Kentucky is the perfect way to escape prying eyes and live a quiet, single life.
Investment consultant Reid Greenfield is fed up with weddings—and not his own. He’s certain his sister’s plan to turn their family farm into a wedding reception venue will lead to bankruptcy. Reid hopes that city girl Addison will be an ally in getting his sister to change her mind before she loses her savings. Instead, Addison adores the idea and jumps on board. It’s a risky business—especially once romance gets involved. But sometimes a little risk brings a huge reward...
Moonlight Kiss is one such book, and I found it to be a really charming story. As promised in the blurb, the story centers around Reid and Addison, but also features another couple, Richard and Maggie. Both romances were sweet and very fast-paced, which was okay because the author made me feel the connections. What made these two parallel romances interesting is that Addison just broke off her engagement, to Richard's son. Richard comes to town to help make things right with Addison, and winds up finding a love of his own. Even though circumstances are different, both relationships are about new starts and taking a chance. It's all very nice, very charming, very, very sweet.
I really enjoy small-town romances, though I would probably go bananas if I moved back to my own small hometown. I guess maybe I love these stories because I can experience the quirks, nosiness, friendliness, and sense of community through the characters. This town in particular, Cricket Creek, was terrific, a town that I would love to live in. The stories sort of revolve around a part of town calling Wedding Row, with each business playing a significant part in the wedding process. It's a very neat concept as far as intermingling the characters and relationships.
As I think I've made clear, I did enjoy Moonlight Kiss quite a lot. I did find the ending to be a bit contrived, meaning, I just don't fully see this happening, but whatever. It did take my enjoyment down a notch, but still, it's a very charming story, and I would be more than happy to read the entire series.
"Addison?" The whiskey-rough sound of her name on his lips washed over her like a caress, a question, and a plea at the same time. ~eARC, 33%
The heat of the fireplace warmed their bodies, and sense of peace like he'd not known in forever washed over him. In that moment he knew without a shadow of a doubt that he wanted Maggie McMillan in his future. Now all he had to do was find the right time to tell her about his past. ~eARC, 79%
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About LuAnn McLane
LuAnn McLane writes southern bent romantic comedy for NAL and is currently penning her third novel in her Cricket Creek book series. Her books have appeared on best selling lists including Barnes and Noble, Rhapsody and Doubleday Book clubs. She recently collaborated with country superstar Wynonna Judd with the novel Restless Heart. She lives in Florence, Kentucky and when she isn’t writing… she enjoys family, friends, cooking, reading, music, travel and University of Kentucky basketball.