“Fox knows what women want in a contemporary romance.” —Publishers Weekly
Christmas is coming to Blue Moon Harbor, a cozy dot in the Pacific Northwest where love shines bright . . .
Bookseller Iris Yakimura grew up on Destiny Island and it’s the only place where her painful shyness doesn’t cripple her. An avid romance reader, she believes that one day the right man will come along—one who loves her just the way she is. She never imagines that man will arrive in time for the holidays, like a gift. Or that he’ll be a celebrity musician with a bad boy vibe—and a warm heart . . .
Julian Blake spent most of his teens on Destiny Island, before fleeing a mentor turned abuser. Music saved him. He has avoided the island, but now his injured father needs him. Plagued by unsettling memories, Julian’s solace comes from surprising places—and from smart, stunning Iris. When he feels compelled to expose his abuser, will Iris find the courage to stand by his side in the spotlight that will ensue—much less embrace a love that might take her far from home? . . .
Praise for Fly Away with Me
“A slow, sexy build to a pretty great happy ending.”
—Kirkus, Starred Review
“A satisfying small-town contemporary romance with a lot of flavor.”
—RT Book Reviews
In Fox's capable third Blue Moon Harbor romance (after Come Home with Me), two appealing people work together to overcome obstacles that have blocked their past romantic relationships. Iris Yakimura works in her family's bookstore on Destiny Island, near Vancouver, and has never had a real boyfriend. She yearns for an opportunity to fall in love and have a family, but is too shy to approach anyone. When she meets strikingly handsome Julian Blake, a successful musician who fled from the island and rarely returns, she hides her fantasies and does not anticipate anything but casual friendship. Iris is unaware that Julian is also vulnerable and has a secret that has haunted him since his teen years. Julian finds it easy to confide in quiet Iris, and with her help, he learns to acknowledge his past trauma and move forward with his life. Fox handles the serious issue of child sexual abuse with sympathy and candor. The tender romance that develops between the composed Iris and the mercurial Julian, and the piquancy of the small-town setting, help to balance the story's deep shadows. Readers who don't mind their romances with a side of heavy conversation will find this a satisfyingly well-rounded offering.