Thursday, 12 October 2017

Review: Once a Charmer (Charmed in Texas #3) by Charla Lovelace

Charmed, Texas, is a close-knit small town where people’s dreams of love can come true. That’s not to say that some people aren’t still waiting, and dreaming . . .
By day, Allie Greene stays busy with her family diner, and keeping tabs on her teenage daughter. What’s really exhausting Allie, however, are the nights. Not that she minds Bash Anderson unbuttoning her naughty desires—if only in her dreams. But what was he doing there at all? He’s her best friend, and a father figure to her girl. Talk about awkward. Talk about OMG-heat-and-fireworks that are flipping fifteen years of normal upside down. And now, when Allie needs him as a friend more than ever, logic doesn’t stand a chance against his lips and irresistible deep-blue eyes . . .

Sure, Bash has fantasized about Allie, but there’s no way he’d act on it. She and her daughter are the closest thing to family he’s ever known. With the exception of one drunken moment fifteen years ago, he and Allie have stayed on this side of the line—until that impulsive kiss of hers knocked him on his butt. That’s just one hurdle. Not only does Allie need Bash’s help to save her diner, but his apiary is in trouble, too. To stir the pot further, they’ve been roped into vying for the town’s Honey King and Queen contest—a sweet event that’s making them closer than ever. Something’s bound to come undone. Bash just hopes it’s not the friendship he’s worked so hard to hold on to.

Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Lyrical Shine

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

For those that follow my reviews it is no secret that I am "charmed" by this series.  A series set in a small quirky town called Charmed with numerous characters who are less than charming.  This story is the third in the series and perhaps my favorite thus far.  Although it can likely be read on its own I would recommend reading the whole series as it is quite good.

This story is a little less humorous than the others and a lot more emotional.  I loved the premise of two best friends who have seen each other through some serious life challenges realize exactly what they mean to each other.  This gave the story depth and made me emotionally invested.

The character of Allie was identifiable in the fact that she was an everyday hard working girl trying to do the best for her daughter whom she had as a teenager.  Then you have Bash who loves said daughter unconditionally (even though he gives some tough love) and is the knight in shining armour for the two.

It was easy to see why Allie and Bash were hesitant to act on their emotions as they had a lifetime of friendship that they did not want to throw away.  It made me cheer out loud for them and hope for a positive outcome.

Returning to the town of Charmed, while there are still some unlikeable characters in this story, the reader gets to see the good side of the townsfolk as they stick together to protect their own.  I liked this and coming from a small town I know how people can band together for the greater good.  Also, not to be forgotten, there is still some characters with some unexplainable gifts or talents for lack of a better word that adds to the dimension of the story.

I hope that this series continues although I do not know who the next story could center around.  Perhaps Kia?  She is a mysterious character who could most likely hold her own in a story.  Thank you Lovelace for providing me with a series I have truly enjoyed!

About the Author

Sharla Lovelace is the Bestselling and Award Winning Author of five standalone novels, the exciting Heart of the Storm series, and the fun and sexy new Charmed in Texas series, all featuring sexy small town love stories with heat and humor. Being a Texas girl through and through, she's proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, a souped up golf cart, and two crazy mutts.

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