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Cherry Hill has had a rough life but she is not complaining to anyone. So as she is dealing with a fire at her restaurant that she took over after her grandparents passed away. She gets a phone call saying that her cousin was in a car accident with her husband and child and she needed to rush to the hospital. On the way her car breaks down and the one person she really did not want to see shows up is Sheriff Taylor Johnson. The same man who broke her heart nine years ago when he left town and joined the service. He takes her to the hospital, but he still can’t believe she is driving the same VW bug that she had when they were in school. When they arrive at the hospital she is attacked by her so called family. They are still upset that the grandparents left the dinner to her, but now she finds out that her cousin has passed away and she has been made guardian over Sam, her nephew. Her Aunt, and cousin talk down to her and belittle her to the point that Taylor jumps in and says to them that they are engaged. This for the time being puts a stop to all of the talk for that day, and she goes to Sam. She then tells Taylor thanks and he also tells her to come out to his dad’s place since her apartment was burnt in the fire as well. Sam and her move in and there are some problems at first but it goes along okay and everyone for the most part is good with them being together except for her side of the family. She also has a secret that she needs to tell Taylor, but she does not know if it will help or hurt, but she does know that feelings are going to go back to when they were in school and back to that last night together before he left. When he finds out he responds like she thought he would telling him that she had to make decisions because he was gone and she did leave him a message on his phone but he never called her and she knew he did not want to be in the town any more. She had to do what she thought was best. This was a very strong book and the characters were all good in the story even the family ones that I did like. A good book, five stars. I got this book from netgalley. I give this 5 stars.
The siren wails of the fire engine were a welcome sound as Cherry Hill shot another burst of white foam from the extinguisher. Panic welled in her chest as she watched the flames creep up the diner’s wall above the griddle.
What started as a small grease fire was rapidly turning into a desperate situation.
Cherry swore as she battled to save the only thing she had left.
“Make sure everyone’s out of the building,” she yelled at Stan, the diner’s cook. Thankfully the breakfast crowd had thinned, and only a few people had been left in the restaurant when the grease flamed on the griddle and the fire began. “You should get out too. I got this.”
Stan attacked the fire with a dish towel, keeping the flames from spreading across the kitchen counter. “No way, dude! I’m not leaving you.”
The door to the kitchen swung open, and three large firemen filled the small room.
Well, two large firemen and one skinny guy, the best you could hope for on a small-town volunteer fire squad. One of the men dragged a fire hose through the door, and Cherry groaned as she heard glassware hitting the floor, unlucky bystanders in the path of the thick hose.
“I thought you weren’t supposed to use water on a grease fire,” she said, dredging up old advice her granddad had given her when she’d taken over the diner.
One of the firemen stepped toward her. He held a fire extinguisher in his hands. “Don’t worry. You can trust a fireman to always have the right equipment.”
Recognizing the voice, Cherry’s head snapped up, and she looked into the grinning face of Taylor Johnson.
What in the hamhock is he doing here?
Still not used to having him back in town, Cherry’s heart did a flip each time she saw him. She gulped. He had the right equipment for just about anything.
But Taylor was the new Sheriff—since when did he fight fires?
Before she had a chance to ask, another flame shot up, this one catching the side of her arm, and she cried out.
The grin disappeared as Taylor stepped forward, now all business, and put his body between hers and the fire. He yelled at the cook and pointed at Cherry. “Get her out of here before one of you gets hurt even worse!”
The whoosh of the water jetting from the hose drowned out his words, but Stan must have got the idea because he wrapped an arm around Cherry’s middle and pulled her out the front door and onto the street in front of the restaurant.
Gasping, Cherry took in great gulps of clean air and prayed that the fireman could save the diner.
Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She writes for Entangled Publishing and reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes or friends.
Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, and her latest hot hockey players series, the Bannister Brothers Books.
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