The Inn at Wild Harbor
Wild Harbor Beach Series, Book 4
by Grace Worthington
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Pub Date 29 May 2022 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2022
Her first rule for a picture-perfect romance: Don’t fall for your best friend’s brother.
For most of her life, Aspen has hidden her feelings for the striking firefighter who is the older brother of her best friend. But when she quits her job to pursue photography full-time, she’s certain that getting away from her beach town is the answer for moving on with her heart.
It’s the perfect plan until her beloved great-aunt dies, leaving Aspen a beautiful inn on the beach. To complicate things, Matt has been living there in return for being the resident security guard and handyman. Moving in was not part of Aspen’s plan, but she’s left with no choice.
Despite her best efforts, she can’t get away from Matt, but there’s no way she’d risk her friendship with him to reveal her true feelings.
It’s only when he offers to help her win a photography competition will she consider breaking her first rule of love. But she’s not sure she wants to take a chance with her heart.
Matt has always been tough under pressure. So why did he have a soft spot for Aspen? Despite his attempts to avoid her, their two worlds collide when Aspen inherits the inn. Now, he’s not only living down the hall from her, he’s bumping into her at every turn. In the hallway. At breakfast. In the middle of the night. It’s enough to make his defenses crumble. But is he brave enough to confess his feelings and compete for her love?
Helping her sell the inn and pursue her dream would be the perfect gift for Aspen. Except now that he’s near her, he doesn’t want to let her go.
The Inn at Wild Harbor combines forced proximity, a romance between best friends, and a tough but tender hero to give you a sweet romance story with a happily ever after.
Read if you love:
- Friends to lovers
- Lakeside settings
- Forced proximity
- Cozy BnBs
- Home renovations
- Fake dating
I'm starting to love the friends to lovers combined with fake dating trope more and more. My favorite thing is when one of the characters is explaining when they first fell for the other person, and they use a true story from their friendship. As a reader, in that moment YOU KNOW in your heart that there is nothing truly fake about that story. Ugh, my heart! Matt and Aspen did not disappoint!
This story was full of so much emotion. Aspen grieving the loss of her great aunt. Matt pining and secretly loving Aspen. Aspen having the same feelings but trying to push them aside so she can put her sister's feelings ahead of her own. Matt giving into his emotions and finally forgiving himself. Aspen coming to the conclusion that it's okay to change the path you're on and that dreams can change. Y'all this story is one of growth and discovery with angsty romance throughout. Sometimes I wanted to just smack Aspen and Matt and make them realize that they absolutely, positively belonged together, but at the same time I loved how their forced proximity slowly forced them to face their feelings. The riddles that Aunt Lizzie left behind also added a bit of mystery to this story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I really just loved this book...it gave me all the feels, all the angst, all the pining. Just all the things I love in a friends to lovers story as two friends come together to renovate a BnB while finally facing their feelings for each other -- read it! (Praise from @bookishbeachbabe)
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