A romance bookstore owner finds her own happily ever after with a single dad in a new romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Dog Has His Day.
Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true...
Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she's inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he's not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it's going to be to walk away...
McKinlay (the Bluff Point Romance series) opens her Happily Ever After Romances with a cute contemporary. With a 14-year-old daughter to care for, divorced single father Ryder Copeland decides to take a steady administrative job in Charleston, S.C., but he agrees to one last contract job before leaving tiny Fairdale, N.C.: renovating the home of Maisy Kelly, who owns a local romance-focused bookstore. Ryder has a strict policy against dating clients, but Maisy's bubbly personality makes it hard to follow that rule. Soon Maisy and her friends are acting more like surrogate mothers for Perry, Ryder's daughter, than like business acquaintances. Maisy is ready to explore the possibility of having a future with Ryder, but he's emotionally unavailable, has trouble opening up, and is focused on keeping things "temporary" so he can leave town with a clean conscience. There's chemistry between Maisy and Ryder, character development is sufficient, and the growing relationship between Maisy's friends and the Copelands will tug at the reader's heart. The pace is temporarily slowed by a subplot involving the bookstore cat, but the setup for the next in the series ignites a new fire. Readers will be intrigued to see where McKinlay goes next.