In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father. But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity’s finest?
Tired of being the easygoing daughter, always ignored in favor of her high-maintenance sister, and no longer interested in being her fiancé’s trophy wife, Nicole Farnsworth calls off her wedding. All she wants is to be herself. And where better to find her destiny than Serendipity? The place where she met the one man who made her heart beat faster, and gave her the courage to reinvent her life–even if he doesn’t know it.
Officer Sam Marsden calls Serendipity home and he loves it there–even though his childhood sweetheart was stolen by his best friend. After such heartbreak, Sam fears he can’t trust his instincts when it comes to love. Yet he’s so tempted by Nicole, a woman he met only briefly but who has starred in his dreams ever since. For Nicole and Sam, opening their hearts one more time could change their lives forever. But who’ll be the first to take that chance?
|Series:||Serendipity’s Finest (Book 3)|
Small Town Romance
|Point of View:||Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoints (H&h)|
|Location:||Serendipity, New York, US|
|Release Date:||29th September, 2023|
Low angst, sweet and sexy
I’m enjoying Carly Phillips’ Serendipity series of which this is the third book. The series, all standalone, focus on the men and woman on the police force in the town of Serendipity, New York. It’s also happened to focus around the Marsden family. This is youngest brother, Sam’s, story.
Sam has seen his older brother and sister both fall in love but knows that’s not right for him. Having been jilted on his wedding day, he’s only there for short term flings. But he can’t help his attraction to newcomer, Nicole, which is especially bothersome as she is the twin sister of the woman who previously attacked Sam’s own sister.
Sam is indicative of a lot of Ms Phillips’ heroes – sexy, sweet, gruff, alpha – and for some reason or another, has sworn off love or doesn’t think it’s something set in the cards. Sam’s own reasons are completely understandable and I can’t say I wouldn’t feel the same in his position. But he’s definitely the sweetest of the Serendipity’s Finest heroes and it’s easy to see that he’s smitten even well before he realises. He’s delicious and more than perfect for our heroine, Nicole.
As I mentioned, Nicole’s sister was involved in Sam’s sister, Erin’s story in the previous book in the series, Perfect Fling. Nicole appeared very briefly in that book but it’s really this book where we’re introduced to her. She’s from a rich, New York family but she’s far from being a spoiled, society princess. She’s moved to Serendipity to find a home, family, friends and you couldn’t help but like her. I rooted for her and loved her honesty with herself – especially when she realised, oops – turns out I can’t sleep with a man and just keep things casual!
As always, Carly Phillips’ books are filled with delicious and sexy scenes and this book does not drop the ball on that front. Sam and Nicole have a great chemistry and I loved their scenes both in bed and out. And anywhere else they fancied, really!
Going along with the theme that many of the characters have some ties to law enforcement, there’s a little bit of danger tied to Nicole’s past. Unlike the other books, the danger does seem to somewhat fizzle away rather than come to head in this story – but honestly, it’s not what I’m there for so it didn’t bother me at all. And everything worked out in the end so that made me happy.
We also get a little side story with Macy and Tyler. This was cute but really lacked the heat and connection to make me fall for them like I did Sam and Nicole. I’m not against secondary romances but I think I would have preferred if Macy and Tyler got their own story – which I suppose they still could do.
Ms Phillips’ writing is a happy place for me. It’s comforting, sexy and I find the stories so easy to fall into and fall in love with. This story is low on angst, low on drama but still kept me captivated from beginning to end. Although an epilogue would definitely have been preferred. But still, this was a lovely addition to this series and another winner for me. 5 stars.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*
Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.