Date Night with a book is the new After Dark series of posts on my blog, books posted for Date Nights contain Adult Romance themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for Date Night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)
Read for: Requested Review
Synopsis: "Gabe Preston’s been sent on a mission: clean out his beloved grandmother’s house in Havenport and help move her into senior living—or so he thinks. Havenport had always been a special place to visit while growing up, but during this ride into town he finds more than he bargained for. Surviving multiple deployments as an Army Ranger hadn’t ever proved this type of challenging. All Gabe desires is to ride his motorcycle, enjoy his time out of the Army, and figure out his next stop in life. The best laid plans don’t necessarily work out when you’ve got a meddling, matchmaking grandmother.
Francesca Montefiore loves Havenport, and her recently acquired florist shop. She’s finally made a fresh start in her life, one stem at a time. When she’s “adopted” by the local Garden Club members she treasures the ladies as family, something she’d been sorely lacking. When her past comes back to threaten her contentment, she’ll need the help of one hunky, visiting Army Ranger, the Garden Club President’s grandson to come to her rescue. But will she be the one doing the rescuing instead?"
My Review: I love reading books with familiar settings, and even though Havenport is a fictional town, it is still has all the shore town Rhode Island feel. I love how even though this was a short book (under 200 pages), Nicole Patrick was still able to convey a backstory and connection between the characters with previous letters sent back and forth, so when they finally met the tension was already simmering. I did feel like we had a lot of character and connection build up but the conflict was rather rushed as was the resolution. I really wish we could have had a little more time in the book to let that danger build and let Gabe's alpha male, Army Ranger side have a little more time to shine. With that said, I really enjoyed this one and the connection between the characters and the characters themselves, even the side characters. I really hope we get a bit more of them in the future.
My Rating: This book was just perfect for a busy night read. It was short enough to read in a single sitting (or two) but still had characters and backstory enough to make the connections and relationships feel real. I do wish there was more build up of the plot and conflict but it was still a satisfying read. I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Caffeinated PR, the above is my honest opinion.
You can find out more about Rescuing the Ranger and Nicole S. Patrick's other books on her Goodreads Page or Website. You can also find more books set in the fictional town of Havenport Rhode Island on Goodreads.
Rescuing the Ranger was just released on Tuesday, February 11th so you can now pick up your own copy in digital format from Amazon or check your library's digital catalog.
And with that, my Romance week is complete. I hope you enjoyed this week of a variety of romance books and posts, and I hope you will stop in on my Date Night with a Book features every other Saturday evening in the future.
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