Readers will find themselves drawn to this small town romance that blends mystery and romance together in a sweet and sensual tale of healing. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Beloved by Dr. Rebecca Sharp, along with getting my impressions of this fifth installment in the Carmel Cove series, then add it to your bookshelf!
From bestselling author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes a sexy, enemies to lovers small-town romance.
A year ago, Gwen Reynolds loaned her car to the beautiful, bloodied man in her emergency room. No name. No questions. No expectation she’d see him again.
Until he shows up in the hallway of her building…moving into the apartment next door.
Chevy McIntyre is in town for one reason only: to find the men responsible for his fiancée’s death. He’s not looking for friends, and he doesn’t need help. Especially from the neighboring angel whose bright smile has haunted his dreams for months. But his solitude doesn’t sit well with Gwen’s larger-than-life personality.
As Carmel’s most beloved nurse, Gwen will do anything to help anyone—including the handsome recluse. So, she refuses to back down until she’s helped solve the case and healed his damaged heart.
Though there’s an undeniable spark between them, Chevy tries to fight its pull because desire has always had the power to destroy. And when the investigation takes an unexpected turn, he’ll have to choose between risking his only shot at justice or losing his only chance at love.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Ms. Sharp's Caramel Cove series has been a reliably entertaining series of sweet and sensual stories set in small town America. This story is full of emotional ups and downs and features caring nurse Gwen Reynolds and the gruff and damaged Chevy McIntyre as she works to help him find healing, while he discovers the answers he needs.
Gwen is the kind of heroine you can't help but like, a strong and smart woman, someone hardworking with a heart of gold. She cares more about helping others, bringing joy and love to everyone she meets, never caring about getting credit for her good deeds. The moment she meets Chevy is a life-altering moment for her in an instant attraction to a man who's very rough around the edges. She doesn't expect to see the emotionally broken man ever again, but his showing up months later as her new next door neighbor gives her the chance to truly help him find a bit of joy and happiness. Gwen's a truly supportive heroine and watching her interactions with Chevy warmed my heart while making me giggle a time or two. She's not the kind of person to take no for an answer either, so her time with Chevy sees her being a bit too much at times, but it was all done with heart.
Chevy makes a lasting impression from the moment readers meet him, a broken man overcome with guilt and rage longing to get answers...with those answers leading him to Caramel Cove. His original meeting with Gwen was memorable but he now wants nothing more than to be left alone to lick his wounds and wallow in guilt. Gwen has no intention of letting him do that though in a connection that was both sweet and caring with flashes of sexual tension. Wherever he was she ended up smack dab in the middle of things which led to some complications. Chevy's a gruff and angry hero, one who constantly pushes Gwen away because of a history that's a heartbreaking one. It takes a lot of heartfelt moments between the two of them, as well as a resolution to a storyline that's played out throughout the series and that led to the death of his fiancée months ago, before they reach their richly-rewarding HEA.
From start to finish this is an engaging story with a main couple you root for every step of the way. With a caring heroine who's almost too good to be true, and a hero full of darkness and guilt, there's a nice balance to their journey to HEA that kept me on the edge of my seat. Surrounding this compelling main couple was an equally appealing cast of secondary characters, one's we've met in previous books who are here to assist in nicely wrapping up this series. On a whole Ms. Sharp has crafted a series of sweet and suspenseful small town romances that I definitely recommend.
My rating for this is a B+
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Dr. Rebecca Sharp, while using a pen name, is actually a doctor living in Pennsylvania with her husband - the love of her life.
She enjoys working in her practice with her father as well as letting her creativity run free as an author. Growing up she's always loved a good love story and finally decided to give writing one of her own a go.
After graduating with her doctoral degree, she now enjoys spending that thing called free time traveling with her husband, cooking, and knitting.