An unexpected rescue rekindles an old romance between a single dad widower and a woman caught in a small town scandal that made her flee the one place where she belongs. Can a second chance at first love end in a happily ever after?
Luke Luview has given up on love. Finally ready to let go of his late wife’s clothes, the grieving small-town police officer and single dad thinks he’s hearing things when he opens the charity box door. Who knocks from the inside of a donation bin?
The raccoon he assumes is in there turns out to be way prettier – and very familiar. Rescuing the first girl he ever kissed means life has dealt him a wild card with Kylie Hood, his late wife’s best friend who left town suddenly fifteen years ago under a cloud of scandal.
Kylie Hood will never depend on a man again. Dumped by her boyfriend and fired by his parents from her children’s programming job at their ski resort in rural Maine, she hits rock bottom while throwing out her ex’s clothes — along with her phone and car keys.
Being rescued by Luke Luview, of all people, is a gift and a curse. The boy she once loved is now all grown up, everything her ex wasn’t – and absolutely off limits.
Accepting his offer to be his temporary nanny while she job searches in New York City, Kylie falls hard for his sweet daughter, and even harder for Luke. A clause in her employment contract means they can’t fraternize, but fate has other plans, and forbidden fruit is twice as sweet.
As the town she reluctantly left years ago accepts her more and more, and Luke makes it clear he wants ta second chance with her in their close-knit community, Kylie has to decide: an exciting new career in Manhattan on her own, or an instant family and a sense of belonging in her small hometown?
And as Luke wrestles with the pain of being left behind by his wife’s accidental death, he has to balance his responsibilities to his daughter with his own needs. Needs he’s ignored for far too long.
Needs only Kylie can meet.
But not if she leaves.
Can Luke and Kylie rekindle their first love and find a new future together in a place where love conquers all?
If you’re looking for a fun read about first kisses and second chances, featuring a hot single-dad police officer and his accidental nanny, set in a small town in New England, with a golden retriever named Jester, a heroine whose dream in life is to run a fairy camp, and a hero who wants to build a place where everyone belongs–then this is your book.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and maybe some edible glitter, and get your happy meter ready as you read the second book in the Love You, Maine, series–where love isn’t just a feeling… it’s a way of life.
✓Single dad widower
… and a golden retriever named Jester
Fate brought Luke and Kylie back together again and I’m here for it. I loved how it almost seemed like they picked up right where they off all those years ago.
The angst level is pretty high considering what Luke and Kylie have been through while apart but the way they overcome it all was so amazing.
Romantic Comedy at its Best!
I am so in love with this series! It just gets better and better with each book. The character of Luke, though… He just has a special place in my heart. When we were reintroduced to his character in Love You Right, my heart just broke for that man. And it was so obvious just in the snippets of time we had with him in that book that he was a man in tremendous pain who was doing everything he could just to get through each day and to be present for his daughter. I knew his book was going to be something special, and I was right. This book is deep and emotional and heart wrenching at times, but also hopeful and sweet and really freaking funny—pretty much everything we’ve come to expect from a Julia Kent book. From the insanely hilarious meet cute to the totally endearing HEA, this story moves you. The characters move you. Their relationships move you. Heck, even the backdrop of the story moves you. The worldbuilding in this book is so exquisite that the town of Love You, Maine is a character in and of itself—one that changes and grows with each book just like the other characters. I have to tell you, I grew up in a small town… and I kind of hated it. But I have fallen in love with this charming little town, ironically for many of the same reasons I hated the small town I grew up in. Such is the magic of Julia Kent. She just has a way of effortlessly engaging your heart in every story she writes—taking you through the full spectrum of emotions. And you happily go along for the ride. Luke and Kylie’s second-chance romance is touching and poignant and deeply satisfying. The main characters, as well as all of the supporting characters, are nuanced and layered and very real. I really can’t recommend this book and this series highly enough. It is truly romantic comedy at its finest.
Loved Luke's book. Great characters and laugh out loud situations. Can never go wrong with one of Julia's books. I love this new world she's created!