Publisher: St. Martins
Published: January 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Obtained via: Publisher via Netgalley
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
A long time group of friends, very rich friends, have gathered to celebrate the wedding of one of their own-Miles. In good natured joking they tease him about falling in love so easily. Miles, however, challenges them to come to Sanctuary Island not fall in love. Lord Leo Stratham, seems unaffected by the world at large and enjoys his life as the second son—he never needed to really learn much of anything and he certainly doesn’t need to worry about taking over the lordship. When Miles asks him to participate in his wedding as a groomsman and recite a poem during the ceremony Leo is ready to be there for his friend. To achieve that goal he ventures to the Sanctuary Island library where he meets pert, pretty and very kind Serena. It doesn’t take long for he and Serena to find they enjoy each other’s company for more than locating the perfect poem. But theirs isn’t a relationship that is meant to be.
Growing up the boys all gathered around Serena—for help with their homework. She never forgot the insult or hurt caused by their dealings with her. She’s never quite trusted a man again.
And Leo isn’t without his own hurts—he has a secret that he would take to his grave if he could…one that will keep him from a truly honest relationship with Serena. Or will it?
Lily Everett’s FIRESIDE INN was an interesting read in that portions of the story could easily have taken place in a regency romance with issues around second sons not inheriting and having no real place in a family other than to be “the spare.” I’m not entirely sure that is all that true today but this is fiction so it works.
What I did like was how Everett developed the story around Leo’s secret, her compassion in revealing it and the ultimate resolution. It was nicely done and in the short span of this novella she resolved the young adult hurts in the two main characters.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.