*With Love from Rose Bend by Naima Simone

*With Love from Rose Bend by Naima Simone
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Larkspur

He came to Rose Bend to hide. But she’ll help him find everything he’s been missing.

Leontyne Dennison is on a love hiatus. And that’s just fine, because perfectionist Leo is hyperfocused on the success of her family’s Berkshires inn. Volunteering for Rose Bend’s annual spring festival is certain to boost business—and provide the perfect distraction from men—until Leo comes face-to-face with Owen Stafford, the hottest one-night stand of her life.

A retired professional football player, Owen came to Rose Bend to escape after a devastating car accident ended his career. Enter the woman he hasn’t forgotten in the year since their sizzling night together. When Owen’s parents arrive, threatening his low profile, Leo helps keep the peace by pretending to be Owen’s girlfriend. Rose Bend was never part of Owen’s long game, but Leo’s increasingly convincing TLC is starting to give Owen every reason to stay.

Bonus novella!

Rose Bend’s resident bad boy has no business lusting after Korrie Noel, the pastor’s daughter. But Israel Ford can’t help it, even if he’s still bruised from a bitter divorce. When straitlaced Korrie asks him to teach her how to have fun, he’s more than willing. From zip-lining to motorcycle rides, Korrie’s learning to take risks… Will Israel convince her to take the biggest risk of all?

Can love heal? Leo (short for Leontyne) and Owen both have baggage they are dealing with when they meet again in Rose Bend. They are both hiding from their personal pain and they are vulnerable and hesitant about relationships.

When Leo and Owen meet again they help each other deal with their issues as they slowly fall in love. I thought they were perfect for each other and I loved reading their story. I could feel the connection they shared and I enjoyed all of their encounters. I think Rose Bend is the perfect place for both of them to find their happily ever after. I enjoyed reading this heartfelt, small town, second chance story.

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