Title: Say You Love Me
Author: Heather B Moore
Series: Pine Valley #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: May 8, 2018
About the Book:
SAY YOU LOVE ME is Clara & Dawson’s Story:
Clara Benson is not looking for a relationship, especially not after her losing her teaching position, followed by a disastrous breakup with her fiancé, and the sudden death of the grandma who raised her. In fact, Clara picks up and moves to escape her mess of memories. She hopes that Pine Valley will be the perfect place to heal from heartache.
When she meets her boss’s lawyer, Dawson Harris, Clara can’t deny her attraction. Yet she’s determined to choose herself, and her healing, over a guy who might be charming, attractive, and oh, so appealing. Easy, right? But when Dawson becomes the one person who can straighten out her mess, she realizes that finding herself doesn’t have to be mean losing Dawson.
Forgive me for starting by saying that I made a mistake and read this book out of order. My OCD isn’t too happy about it, but having said that I can say with confidence that this book can also be read as a stand-alone. I finished the book before I realized I read the wrong one first.
Reading this story was like watching a Hallmark movie in my mind. If you enjoy those movies, I’m sure you’ll love this book. Having just read a few heavy emotional reads, this was a good “pick-me-up” book. There are a few books by Christian authors that are mentioned in the book, but God isn’t mentioned at all. So while I consider it a clean contemporary romance, I wouldn’t put it fully under the Christian fiction umbrella.
Everyone has their baggage when it comes to relationships. This story was two broken people admitting their brokenness and trying overcome that while developing a relationship. They struggled between their mutual desire for each other and their developed senses to protect their hearts. As the two became closer, they had to reconcile their past hurts with their present emotions. Eventually they are able to open their hearts again to love.
Overall this was an enjoyable read and one that left a smile on my face in the end. I highly recommend to Hallmark fans and lovers of contemporary romance. Coming in at only 200 pages it’s a nice short read, but not too short to eliminate depth. I am a fast reader, so this was a nice rainy-day afternoon read for me. Next up I’m going back to read Where I Belong, which is the second book in the series. Stay tuned! 🙂
*I received a free copy of this book from the author and Iamareader.com in the hopes of an honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Age Appropriateness: This is a relatively clean romance, but I don’t see it holding the interest of younger readers. There is a single reference to condoms after one of the characters discusses a miscarriage that occurred in their previous marriage. The sexual content ends at kissing. The characters are around 30 years old, so they are already established adults. More for relevance than content, I wouldn’t recommend to younger readers.