Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is a sweet river town known for its baseball, shopping, and weddings. After the recession, business is finally bouncing back, but old insecurities—and heartaches—are slower to heal…
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Gabby Goodwin had more to prove than the rest of Cricket Creek. Even now, as the successful owner of the local flower shop, she hasn’t forgotten her humble beginnings. So when her high school crush, the former class bad boy, walks back into her life, she keeps him at arm’s length, protecting her heart—and her pride.
Reese Marino gave up most of his wild ways years ago, graduating from college and becoming part owner of his uncle’s pizza parlor. The fact that Gabby still treats him like a troubled teenager drives him mad, but that’s not the only thing about the sassy florist driving him to distraction. Despite Gabby’s reluctant attitude, Reese is determined to win her over and show her that love often blooms right where you least expect it.
McLane's sixth Cricket Creek novel (after Moonlight Kiss) provides sweet romance with small-town southern charm. Gabby Goodwin has finally achieved her dream of owning a flower shop in Cricket Creek, Ky. She's unprepared for her attraction to former town bad boy, Reese Marino. As their romance slowly blossoms, Reese must convince Gabby that he has left his teenage misdeeds behind to become a successful business owner, while Gabby must overcome her terror of being attracted to the type of faithless man who abandoned her mother. Meanwhile, Reese's Uncle Tony tries to get past the betrayal of his ex-wife when his sexy new neighbor, Trish Daniels, catches his eye. McLane weaves together walks in the moonlight, stolen glances, and kisses under the stars with seduction and sizzling sex, populating the carefully crafted story with a cast of affable characters.