Making Room at the Inn by Misty Simon

Making Room at the Inn by Misty Simon
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (256 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

Single mom Chelsea Moore may not have had a happy marriage herself, but she’s bound and determined to pull off the wedding of the year for her sister. It should be a piece of cake as long as she can keep her mother from trying to hook her up with every eligible guy in the county.
Jack Barton has no qualms about hosting his sister’s best friend for the final week before the wedding, along with said best friend’s adorable daughter. But when Chelsea asks him to be a shield against the impending bachelor parade, he doesn’t think it through before agreeing. That’s when he finds out how little it feels like pretend and how much he wants to make room for these two wonderful females in his life and at his inn.

Making Room at the Inn is a quick and cute read with an expected sweet ending.

Misty Simon does a good job at describing the internal conflict of the protagonist, Chelsea. Although she finds herself suddenly falling for her childhood friend, she has responsibilities she can’t forget about, particularly her four-year-old daughter and a job where she’s just been promised a promotion.

Jack, on the other hand, is desperately trying to not get involved with Chelsea because she is his sister’s best friend. But he’s been harboring fantasies about Chelsea since his teens and she’s grown into a wonderful woman he can’t seem to resist. Jack was actually my favorite character because, unlike Chelsea, he knew what he wanted and he tried his best to get it.

Although Chelsea’s indecision and some unnecessary and lengthy descriptions slow the plot down, the story is still enough emotionally intense to keep the reader’s interest. Since this story has been done countless times before, the reader can trust that the tension between Chelsea and Jack will be resolved and will eventually bring about a sweet ending.

Belinda, the bridezilla, and Chelsea’s daughter Mazzy brought some nice comic relief to the story and livened up the pace.

Making Room at the Inn is a quick chick lit read with warm characters and a happy resolution.

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