Also by this author: About That Kiss, Rainy Day Friends
Also in this series: Rainy Day Friends, The Lemon Sisters
Series: Wildstone #1.5
Published by William Morrow Impulse on May 1st 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, William Morrow Impulse
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This summer, romance blooms again in Wildstone!

After a difficult few years, Tilly Adams is ready for life to start going right. Though she has a case of first day nerves teaching art at the local community college, she knows it isn't anything a few snuggles from her rescue puppy won't cure. Until she sees Dylan Scott again, her one-time BFF and first love sitting in the front row.

Dylan knows he should've left well enough alone, but when he sees Tilly living her dream, he can't help but make contact. Ten years ago, he left Wildstone and everything in it behind, including Tilly. He had his reasons, but now he wants her back in his life, anyway he can get her.

When Tilly agrees to design the logo for Dylan's new helicopter touring company, it's business only...until she finds herself falling into his arms once again. Can she possibly open her heart back up to the only man who's ever broken it? But soon they're both realizing the truth - love always deserves a second chance.


by Jill Shalvis

If there is one author who can write a novella and make it feel like you just read a full length romance novel it’s Jill Shalvis. What I love so much about her writing is what she doesn’t say. Odd, right? But where a lot of authors tell you that a character is this and that way she shows you without actually saying it.

Tilly isn’t completely satisfied with her life. She feels that her big dreams from her youth to be an artist have never come completely to fruition. To pay her pills she decided to teach art and on her first day at her hometown’s college she comes face to face with her past. The boy she once loved has grown into a sexy man.

“You were my best friend and the love of my life, and you never even looked back. You’re such an asshole.”

The boy loved the girl, she was his reason to make it through the day when he had to bear the brunt of his abusive dad’s anger. The boy left one day without looking back and returned after ten years. Now Dylan is back and he wants to make things right between Tilly and him.

Tilly is such a lovely and a little quirky character. Each chapter starts with a line out of her diary and it gives her character so much depth. When Dylan comes back into her life all she wants is deny his existence but if she’s the unmovable object he’s the unstoppable force. I loved that Tilly didn’t make me wait too long for her to see the heart of Dylan. There was no forced angst or unreasonable doubt on her behalf. When she learns the reasons why the boy left ten years ago it is is pretty much smooth sailing.

“I didn’t think I was capable of love back then, and I wasn’t. Not until you. I loved you, God I loved you, but I had nothing to offer you.”

Dylan is a sweet man with a single-minded determination you find in people who have gone through painful experiences and came out on the other side being better for it. His love for Tilly is obvious pretty much right from the start. Even when she gives him the cold shoulder treatment he doesn’t give up. Dylan’s witty and oh so considerate, honest and sweet and I loved how he was with her puppy. Leo, the puppy, was a character. So cute and precious.

“Look, man,” he said. “We both love our girl, right?”
Leo stopped growling.
“Right,” Dylan said. “So I don’t know what your plans are, but I’m just going to remind you that I saw her first. And I’m happy to share her with you, though that offer’s for you and only you. It’s a good deal, I’d take it if I was you. Think about it.”

I don’t think there are many authors out there who can make me smile, giggle and swoon that much in a book like Jill Shalvis. She has conquered my heart with her beautiful words and if I have one complaint about this novella, then it is that there wasn’t enough Dylan and Tilly. I loved these two and now I’m looking forward to the next installment in this series.

One last word – while this is marked Women’s Fiction I would still classify it as Contemporary Romance. But if that is what Women’s Fiction a la Jill Shalvis is, I take it any day.


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