Author(s): Lori Foster
Series: Summer Resort #1
Published by HQN Books on July 24, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Format: arc, ebook
One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…
Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.
Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.
For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…
This is my first time reading Lori Foster and it will not be my last. I enjoyed this book from start to finish.Sometimes in our life when we may experience tragedy, which can come in many sizes and form. However, how we deal with the aftermath will determine how strong a person we are. We can decide whether we wish to wallow in self-pity and chant the mantra woe me or we can stand firm and take back charge of our lives. Phoenix Rose chose the latter option.
Her determination to restore normalcy to her life after a brutal attack at her place of business was admirable. It demonstrated her strength. Her strong support system aided in her healing process, which placed her on a journey of self-discovery and provided her the opportunity to experience love in its truest form. I enjoyed watching Phoenix come alive. I loved that she found love in the arms of someone who had experienced his own share of tragic circumstances. Why? He understood her fears and as a result helped her through the healing process.
The story featured a secondary romance involving Phoenix’s sister Ridley. She took had her share of demons to contend with, but she never let her pain overshadow her concern for her younger sister. She came to Cooper’s Charm to check upon Phoenix and found love and healing in the process. The featured romances though different, were both enjoyable. Phoenix and Cooper’s romance is sweet and slow burning, while Ridley and Baxter’s was scorching.
The story is filled with humor and lots of sexy banter. I had a great time with the staff of Cooper’s Charm. Their unique characteristics helped to make this a fun and easy read.
The only issue I had with the story was the inclusion of the suspense thread. First, its predictability took away some enjoyment and secondly it never added much to the story. I agree it allowed Phoenix to confront her fears. However, the fact she had already conquered her fears made the addition of this thread unnecessary.
This is a great start to the Summer Resort series. I cannot wait to see what next this series has to offer. If you looking for a sweet summer read, featuring lovable characters, then you will want to check out Lori Foster newest offering.