They swear they’re not right for each other but the matchmakers of Highland Falls are out to prove them wrong.
Elliana MacLeod has come home to whip the Mirror Lake Inn into tip-top shape, the only way to prevent her mother from selling the beloved family business. In between watching over mischievous, cigar-sneaking Grandpa Joe and trying to help Highland Falls win the Most Romantic Small Town in America contest, Elliana’s plate isn’t just full, it’s overflowing. She can’t refuse Nathan Black’s offer to fix up the inn, even if the gorgeous law enforcement officer has made it abundantly clear he considers her a friend, and nothing more.
Nate knows he’s not cut out for long-term relationships or white picket fences, and that’s what Ellie deserves. Yet keeping her at arm’s length is nearly impossible, especially once they’re working—and living—side-by-side. The more time he spends with Ellie, the more he wants, and not just for today but forever. When Ellie’s ex returns to town, has Nate missed his chance with the woman of his dreams?
Mason returns to the picture-perfect town of Highland Falls, N.C., for the fourth time (after Falling in Love on Willow Creek) in this high-stakes contemporary. Ellie MacLeod fights to help her grandfather keep control of the family's historic Mirror Lake Inn, even as her mother works to sell the property to an investor. Meanwhile, her friend Nate Black, an undercover agent with the State Bureau of Investigation, is determined to avenge his best friend's death. Love isn't at the top of the list for either Nate or Ellie—but with Ellie's mother using increasingly drastic tactics to fight for the inn, the pair agree to fake date, reasoning that Ellie's mother will be less likely to "mess with" Ellie with the law on her arm. But as their faux romance turns all too real, Mason ramps up Ellie's family drama and delivers plot twists aplenty in Nate's investigation. She anchors these dramatic turns with strong character development while sensitively handling the topic of domestic violence in a fraught subplot involving Ellie's sister. It's a lot to pack into one volume, but Mason pulls it off, and she also finds time to gratify series readers by checking in on the happy couples of previous installments. Small-town romance fans will be thrilled.