“Adair just keeps getting better!”
—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author
“Lighthearted and humorous…a sweet, satisfying romance.”
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Romance of January
An Amazon Book Review Highly Anticipated Romantic Comedy & Best of the Month Selection
An Apple Books Best of the Month Selection
A funny and delightful story from the New York Times bestselling author of the St. Helena Vineyard series that fans of Avery Flynn, Kristan Higgins, and Helena Hunting will love.
Set against the breezy backdrop of coastal Rhode Island, bestselling author Marina Adair’s latest novel asks whether two of a small town’s biggest hearts can learn to put themselves first—in the name of love. . .
As caregiver for her autistic brother, Beckett Hayes knows how meaningful a little extra help can be when life happens. Which is why she runs Consider It Done, a personal concierge service in her small town. Her job also gives her the flexibility to follow her passion, being Rome, Rhode Island’s unofficial special needs advocate, training emotional support companions in her spare time. There’s not much of that, though, and certainly not enough for serious dating. It’s always been family first for Beck. But one unquestionably gorgeous, good-natured man is suddenly a temptation that’s getting tougher to resist . . .
Sixteen years ago, Levi Rhodes was ready to sail off into the sunset—literally. But then his father’s death and his sister’s unexpected pregnancy postponed his sailing scholarship and the adventures he had planned. Running the family marina and bar was the least he could do for his grieving mother. Plus, his niece needed a father-figure. But now that she’s in high school and has her bio-dad in her life, Levi’s wondering if it’s time to get his sea legs under him again. Or he was wondering, until curvy, caring Beck showed up in his bar, and then in his dreams . . .
“Charming…Sweet and sensitive, Hopeless Romantic is a funny romance that gently manages heavy issues.”
A portion of royalties to benefit The Organization for Autism Research.
Praise for Marina Adair
“Small town sweetness, endearing characters and a unique quirky flair."
—Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author
“Marina Adair is a breath of fresh air. . . . Don't miss a word from this magnificent author!”
—New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With this irresistible love story, best-selling author Marina Adair further solidifies her superstar status in the world of literary romance. Beckett Hayes is a devoted daughter and sister, an animal lover, and a diehard cynic when it comes to love—at least until she crosses paths with local restaurateur Levi Rhodes. His good looks and playful sarcasm begin to wear down Beck’s ironclad defenses, but just as quickly, challenges emerge. Can Beck learn to trust her heart? Set against the sea-salt-kissed backdrop of coastal Rhode Island, this bright and breezy romp follows Beck and Levi as they lean on a tight-knit crew of friends and family to navigate their path to happiness. Hopeless Romantic is a delightfully racy escape into a world where true love always finds a way.
Complex family relationships ground Adair's second When in Rome romance (after RomeAntically Challenged), which manages to be lighthearted and humorous without sacrificing depth of feeling. Beckett Hayes is the most popular (and only) personal concierge in coastal Rome, R.I. The job provides the flexibility she needs to care for her brother and father, who are both on the autism spectrum, and train emotional support animals on the side though it leaves little time to date. But when sparring with bartender Levi Rhodes at his restaurant while running an errand for a client (with the emotional support chicken she's training in tow) proves a highlight of her day, the pair are set on a course for romance. Like Beckett, Levi is dedicated to his family, particularly his teenage niece who he's helped to raise, but he's also eager to set sail, leaving the responsibilities of running the family restaurant and attached marina behind. He's also impressed by Beckett's beauty, kindness, and dedication to family, and is willing to set aside his wanderlust to explore their attraction. Adair masterfully balances their cute developing relationship with their stressful professional and personal lives. The result is a sweet, satisfying romance.