Love in Catalina Cove by Brenda Jackson


Love in Catalina Cove (Catalina Cove #1)
by Brenda Jackson
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Publisher: HQN Books

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Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…

In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to return. Now, over a decade later, Vashti reluctantly finds herself back in her hometown after inheriting her aunt’s B and B. Her homecoming gets off to a rocky start when the new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham, pulls her over for speeding, and things go downhill from there.

The B and B, a place she’d always found refuge in when it seemed like the whole world was against her, has fallen into disrepair. When a surprising benefactor encourages Vashti to reopen the B and B, Vashti embraces a fresh start, and soon old hurts begin to fade as she makes new memories with the town—and its handsome sheriff…

But some pasts are too big to escape, and when a bombshell of a secret changes everything she thought was true, Vashti is left reeling. With Sawyer and his teenage daughter determined to see her through the storm, though, she’s learning family isn’t always a matter of blood—sometimes it’s a matter of heart.

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Ever read a book just because of its cover? That was the case for me when I came across Love in Catalina Cove while browsing through Netgalley. I kept coming across the book and the cover whore in me kept screaming to request it, so I finally did just that. I just hoped that I wouldn’t be let down by taking a chance on this new-to-me author.

Vashti Alcindor vowed never to return to the small town of Catalina Cove after loss and humiliation ruined her life. But years later, Vashti is brought back to the seaside town when she inherits her late aunt’s bed and breakfast and must decide what she wants to do with it. Unable to walk away from the place she once called home, Vashti decides to stay a while and hopes to restore her aunt’s bed and breakfast back to its glory days. It also helps that the new sheriff in town is easy on the eyes and Vashti finds herself drawn to the man of few words. But when a revelation about Vashti’s past comes to light, her world is turned upside down and she’ll have to face her past head on if she wants to uncover the truth.

I didn’t have a clue of what I was getting myself into when I started this book. I didn’t read the blurb beforehand and I’ve never read any of Brenda Jackson’s works before so I was literally going into this series completely blind. Love in Catalina Cove started out in your typical small town romance fashion and I was totally loving it. I was getting to know our main characters and learning about all the secrets of the people of Catalina Cove and I was living for the scandalous gossip. But then Brenda Jackson decided to turn things up and lawwd, I was not expecting this story to take the direction that it did! Yo gurl was shook. It was plot twist after plot twist and even our plot twists had plot twists. Now, sometimes a story with so many plot twists can come off as being too over dramatic, but that was not the case for this book. Everything had a great flow and I loved how the story came full circle by the end. I would have never expected a story like this to have an ending like that and I gotta applaud Brenda for pulling off all these twists off! 

Vashti is one of my favorite characters in this book. Her story, her past, her struggles all broke my heart and I was just hoping that somehow she would be able to find real, true happiness by the end. I honestly wanted to fight everyone who turned on her because she was a child herself when she lost her own baby and she didn’t deserve the treatment she got. She’s definitely a character with a great amount of strength because she went through hell and back and there were many times that I thought she would break down while reading this book. But she kept on fighting and searching for the truth and all that pain and suffering was worth it by the end because what she got was something rarely few people ever get: a second chance.

There is a romance between Vashti and Sheriff Sawyer Grisham and it’s kind of a slow burn at first but things heat up once these two work through some of their issues. Vashti and Sawyer’s relationship was also put to the test in this book and I was seriously on edge because I hardcore shipped them together and I was not going to stand for any sinking ships. As for Sawyer, he too has his own past with a few secrets but I don’t want to give any of that away since it does tie into some of the twists for this story. 

Love in Catalina Cove was a thrilling read that kept me at the edge of my seat and I highly recommend it to those who love their romances with a dash of suspense! I eagerly await for the next installment in this series and this time I’ll be prepared for all the plot twists because I know Brenda Jackson is gonna be serving up some craziness in the next one.


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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

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