Camille Thompson is the best at what she does—closing deals. That's why real estate developer Vanderhook has sent her to Coral Cove, Florida, where the stubborn owner of the Happy Crab Motel is refusing to sell. Camille's never had a problem turning a "no" into a "yes," but then she's never been so captivated by a man's sexy smile before.
Laidback Reece Donovan likes life simple. No amount of money—or any other temptation Camille can offer—will convince him to give up the one link to his past. Of course, it would be easier without the powerful chemistry raging between them.
As a fragile romance begins to grow, can Reece trust Camille with his secrets? And when promises are broken, along with hearts, can the charm of Coral Cove help bring them back together?
This is the first book that I have read from this author, and I really enjoyed this small town romance. I always love small town themed romances, I feel like I can connect with the characters and the set up of the story more. In this one, we have a pair that don’t start out the normal way…they are practically at war with each other but can’t deny the attraction to each other.
Camille Thompson, is very good at what she does, she makes deals happen, no matter the cost. Her career is her life, she grew up in a strict home, and not close to her family, so her job is everything to her because it gives her purpose until she comes to Coral Cove and meets the handsome, Reece. Reece is the owner of the Happy Crab Motel, and when Camille comes to him with a huge amount of money, enough to last him a lifetime, he turns her down, but Camille doesn’t give up easily. She plans on staying until he agrees. Thus begins a romance that isn’t your typical run of the mill love story. We have a book that begins with two people that are on opposite sides of the fence, but soon they realize their attraction to each other, and even though technically they are at odds, they can’t help but give into the feelings they share.
What did I love most about Love Me If You Dare? Well there was quite a bit I loved about this story. I haven’t read too many small town romances that are set near the coast. There was a level of sweet charm attached to the story that really pulls you into the story from beginning. I was hooked on this story from the first chapter. The connection that we see between Camille and Reece is instantaneous, with plenty of heat and passion and boy do they know how to sizzle a room!! They were both unique set of characters, both strong and each faced hardship in their pasts but overcame them.
Reece is the type of hero that can charm any woman…he is handsome, loves the water, independent, and very stubborn and likes things his own way. Camille has her own type of strength, she is capable and self reliant, she has a very sturdy personality, but she feels isolated at times. She doesn’t know how to really love others. She soon learns by staying in this coastal small town, about the intimacy of friendship and what being a lover to Reece can do.
As a whole, the story is full of easy going tones, and light hearted laughter, there isn’t much conflict to the plot other than the buying Reece out deal, so we see much more focus on the building of the relationship and also the depth behind the characters. They both came alive for me, and I just loved how this story wrapped up in the end. A story that you can get comfortable with on a slow evening, with a cup of tea next to your fireplace on a winter’s night, plenty to entertain, and a winner in my book. This had so many lovely aspects to the story that culminated in a treat of a read!! FULL OF DELECTABLE CHARM!
About The Author
USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake’s love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel - nineteen notebook pages long. Since then, Toni has become a RITA-nominated author of more than twenty contemporary romance novels, her books have received the National Readers Choice Award and the Bookseller’s Best Award, and her work has been excerpted in Cosmo. Toni lives in the Midwest and enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time outdoors. Learn more about Toni and her books at www.toniblake.com.
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