Courtney Baker is ready to put small town life—and the man she can't have—behind her. Years of secretly crushing on her best friend's older brother have led nowhere and she's finally ready to move on. It would have been a great plan had she not drunkenly blurted out all her feelings and kissed him. At least she'll be able to forget all about it when she leaves town in less than 48 hours.
It takes a lot to surprise Dean Jones, but a kiss from the girl he's been secretly attracted to for years does just that. All it takes it one kiss for him to realize he doesn't want to let her go. But she's his sister's best friend and that's a line he knows he should never cross. Never mind that she seems determined to leave their small town—and him—behind.
When a storm and a broken car stop Courtney from leaving town, Dean sees perfect opportunity to get her out of his system. But can one night ever be enough?
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sweet and fun
AND THEN ONE DAY is the fourth instalment in Samantha Chase’s contemporary, adult MAGNOLIA SOUND romance series. This is auto mechanic Dean Jones, and dental hygienist Courtney Baker’s story line. AND THEN ONE DAY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.
Told from dual third person perspectives (Courtney and Dean) AND THEN ONE DAY follows the best friend’s brother relationship between auto mechanic Dean Jones, and dental hygienist Courtney Baker. Courtney Baker has been in love with her best friend’s older brother since she was a teen but Dean Jones is six years older, and Courtney believes Dean considers her nothing more than an annoying little sister. The loss of her job, and her parent’s decision to turn the family home into an Airbnb, finds our heroine looking to make a move, away from the people she knows and loves but when her car breaks down on the way out of town, Courtney will find herself moving in with the Dean Jones, the man she has always loved. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Dean and Courtney, and the potential fall-out as Dean’s sister Scarlett conspires to keep Courtney in Magnolia Sound, a conspiracy that threatens Courtney’s love for Dean Jones.
The relationship between Dean and Courtney is one of best friend’s older brother, secret crush. Dean had no idea that Courtney saw him as anything other than Scarlett’s brother, and Courtney has pined for Dean from afar, always on the side lines looking in. Dean struggles with their six year age difference, and Courtney battles between head and heart knowing a relationship with Dean could threaten her friendship with Scarlett Jones. The romance is passionate; the $ex scenes fade to black and are all implied.
There is a large ensemble cast of colorful secondary and supporting characters including Dean’s siblings: Scarlett and her husband Mason (In Case You Didn’t Know 3); brothers Kyle and Hunter, their father Dominic Jones, and grandfather Tommy Flynn. Scarlett is desperate to keep her best friend in Magnolia Sound but her plan backfires as it threatens their friendship on so many levels.
AND THEN ONE DAY is a story of family, friendships, unrequited love, secrets and lies. The small-town romance premise is engaging; the romance is sweet and fun; the characters are energetic.