A down-on-her-luck city girl searches for new purpose among the shelves of a failing bookstore in the quaint town of Pine Ridge, New York—until a forbidden love tempts her to go off-book.
When life sets fire to your happily ever after, you ditch your cheating boyfriend, trade in the city life for the off-the-grid seclusion of your mother's bookstore in the mountains...and try to resist your attraction to the brooding town mechanic you accidentally got into a fender bender with outside the local bar. Sydney Walsh might be falling head over heels for the romance novels she's stocking up to rebuild The Loving Page, but she has no delusions about actually starring in one. That chapter has closed.
Beneath Sam Kirkland's gruff mountain-man exterior lies a gentle heart and a burning desire for the woman he knows he can't have. He's made promises that anchor him to the past, making romance off-limits. And he accepted that—until Sydney came crashing into his life.
Sam can't do a relationship right now. Sydney doesn't have the wherewithal to believe in one. But when you meet the right person, the wrong circumstances don't matter. Even when the world seems to be doing its best to keep them apart, their real, one-of-a-kind love is worth fighting for.
A city girl flees to a small town to escape her heartbreak in Accardo's cute, cozy debut. Ex-lawyer Sydney Walsh abruptly abandons her New York City life after walking in on her boyfriend in bed with someone else. Distraught, she seeks temporary refuge at her mother's apartment in the small mountain town of Pine Ridge, N.Y. There she meets Sam Kirkland, the irresistible local mechanic. Their instant attraction is impossible to ignore, but Sydney's still recovering from her breakup, and Sam's mysterious past with an ex-girlfriend continues to affect his present, preventing the pair from acting on their raw attraction. Sydney distracts herself by helping out at her mother's struggling bookstore, with the fragile hope that saving the store will help her rediscover her sense of purpose. She brings plenty of fresh ideas to the project, and the winsome townspeople are eager to support her Sam included. In fact, despite their better judgment, the pair find it impossible to stay away from each other. Accardo brings her characters to life through careful attention to detail and well-thought-out backstories. Sydney's and Sam's believable baggage and palpable chemistry make for a deeply satisfying slow-burn romance. \n