Primrose Lane - Harmony Harbor #3 - By: Debbie Mason

Olivia Davenport has finally gotten her life back together. She’s left her painful past behind, started over in a new town, and become Harmony Harbor’s most sought-after event planner. But her past catches up to her when Olivia learns that she’s now guardian of her ex’s young daughter. With her world spinning, Olivia must reconcile her old life with her new one. And she doesn’t have time for her new next door neighbor, no matter how handsome he is.

Olivia may act like she’s got everything under control, but Dr. Finn Gallagher knows a person in over her head when he sees one. He’d really like to be the shoulder she leans on, but Olivia makes it clear she doesn’t want his help. Since he’s returned to town, his waiting room has been full of single women feigning illness. Yet the one woman he’s interested in is avoiding him. But with a little help from some matchmaking widows and a precocious little girl, Finn might just win Olivia over.

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“Un huh,” his receptionist said, looking kinda shocked, and disappointed, which was heartening. Because if Finn was going to make an idiot of himself, it was good to know his plan had a chance of succeeding.
“Give me a minute, and I’ll explain,” Finn said to Liv as he dragged her down the hall. When he was out of earshot of the waiting room, he stopped and put his hands on her shoulders. “Okay, I know that was weird, but it’s about to get weirder. I have a favor to ask.”
“You want to play doctor with me?”
He gave his head a slight shake to clear the image of Liv in the same position as Mrs. Edwards this morning. “No, if there’s any playing, it will be of the pretend kind. So would you be up for that?”
“Are you feeling all right?”
“Sorry, I’m messing this up.” Probably because a voice inside his head was yelling No, don’t do it! You were never any good at playing let’s pretend … “I need your help, Liv. Sherry’s right. I spend three quarters of my day seeing patients who should be on, not at the clinic. What do you say? Will you do me a solid and be my fake girlfriend? But you can’t tell anyone it’s not the real deal or my grandmother and the Widows Club will find out.”
She rolled her eyes. “No one will believe we’re dating, Finn. You’re too young for me, and—”
Finn heard the squeak of Sherry’s shoes coming toward them. “Trust me, they will. And I’m going to prove it to you right now,” he said, lifting his hands to frame her face. “Pucker up, Princess, and make it good.” His lips closed over hers, swallowing an irritated huff that was soon replaced with a tiny, far-from-fake moan. And he couldn’t be sure, but he thought he may have groaned when her fingers tightened around his shoulders and she pressed against him. The reason he couldn’t be sure whether he was groaning or not was because he was high from the feel of her soft, plush lips under his, the warmth and the taste of her mouth, the . . .
“I knew it! I knew there was something going on between you two,” Sherry muttered. “You can bet I’m going to tell Dr. Bishop about this, Dr. Gallagher. Making time with your girlfriend while patients are waiting.”
Finn slowly pulled back from Liv. This was when he was supposed to smugly point out to her that he was right. But he couldn’t because the way his heart was pounding and his head was spinning he had a feeling, he should have listened to that voice in his head.

Addicted 2 Romance Review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

I have read this entire series. While this book can stand alone mostly, I really suggest you read the whole thing for the back history. It is #3 in the series and well the series has sorta been a love it and hate it thing for me. I LOVE the characters. I absolutely do which is why I keep reading it. But the plots go off in these directions that I really hate.Which is why its hard to rate.

I loved Finn and Olivia/Dana. The first part of the book was fantastic. Finn and Dana have this love/hate thing and as he hobbles around time as she keeps reinjuring him, well I laughed at these two's hijinks. I really do love the characters and the authors sense of humor.

But then she (the author) changes the storyline like she did in the other two books and I hated it like I did then too. This would have been a great romance between Dana, a woman in disguise whose super rich and Finn, the doctor who likes to work with the poor. They have great chemistry and they are cute and funny together. Dana is getting over the loss of her son and her bad marriage and Finn is recovering from an injury. Add in matchmakers and this story starts out really great.

But then the storyline changes and the author adds in a bigamist marriage and a child that her husband had with another woman who looks like her dead child and now both the mother and father are dead and so she is forced to take care of the child. The child who is not cute and sweet but who is mean and mean spirited and looks just like her dead child.

This book could have been great. The writing is wonderful. The characters are great. This should have been a fantastic book, except the author then changes the entire storyline and  its just not what I read romances for.

If you like pain and angyst in your stories and difficult children, then maybe you will love this story but it was just too much for me to watch a character I grew to love, watch her be tortured on a daily basis. It does bring Finn and Dana closer but I just did not love that aspect of this story.

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About the Author

Debbie Mason is the USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and the Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their three wonderful children and son-in-law, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.



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