From a "must-read voice in romance" (Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author) comes a charming opposites-attract romance about two lonely hearts discovering that love doesn't always go according to plan.
June Wu always has it all together—only now, she’s in over her head. Her family’s inn desperately needs guests, her mother’s medical debts are piling up, and the surly, if sexy, stranger next door is driving away the customers she has left! When he asks for June’s help, though, she can’t say no. After all, his new bar could be just what the upcoming Pumpkin Festival needs to bring in more tourists. But with the fierce attraction between them, will working together be playing with fire?
Ex-soldier Clay Hawthorne prefers being on his own. He’s moved to Blue Cedar Falls for one reason—to carry out his best friend’s dream of opening a bar in the hometown he’ll now never return to. But the town’s business association is trying to stop Clay’s progress. June soon becomes his biggest supporter, and while their partnership is supposed to be only temporary, for the first time Clay wants something permanent—with June. Can two total opposites really learn to meet each other in the middle?
Includes the bonus novella Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs by Annie Rains!
Chin debuts and launches her Blue Cedar Falls series with a delightful, opposites-attract, interracial romance. Surly military veteran Clay Hawthorne arrives in his late friend Bug's wealthy North Carolina hometown determined to realize Bug's dream of opening a bar "for people who'd never had a seat at the table." He finds a spot in Blue Cedar Falls's quaint tourist district across the street from the Sweetbriar Inn. June Wu, the most responsible of three Wu daughters, helps run the inn with her stepfather, takes care of her mother as she recuperates from a lengthy hospital stay, and struggles to manage the mounting medical debt without alerting her family to their financial peril. With a new highway already disrupting tourism and threatening the economy, June strives to convince Clay to work with, not against, the other local businesses. Their relationship convincingly morphs from animosity to romance as mutual attraction leads to sweet, sexy lovemaking but questions about whether lasting intimacy is possible given their vastly different life experiences create genuine tension. Chin rounds out the romance with a diverse, well-shaded supporting cast, a tender subplot about June's lesbian friend coming out to her parents, and plenty of groundwork for future romances featuring the other Wu sisters. It's a standout achievement. This edition also includes the novella "Kiss Me at Sweetwater Springs" by Annie Rains. Agent: Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency.