Loved this to bits. Really. One of the best contemporary romances around. There's a campy Gilmore Girls vibe about this story. Autumn might not have a teenage daughter but she's got the small town inn and the quirky employees that go along with it. And oh my goodness, there are so many laugh out loud scenes I think I cracked a rib or two laughing so hard! Tagg wields the unexpected with delightful aplomb. And all that witty mayhem is punctuated with toe-curling romance. Best almost kisses ever!
Let's take a moment to exhale a happy sigh over Blake. He's the epitome of good hero material. Endearing charm matched with a tortured soul. He is finally ready to come back home after a family tragedy has kept him wandering for the past five years. Determined to prove himself, he's blindsided by his attraction to Autumn. She's just as confused. Her plans are set and they don't include a romance. Delicious complications tied this reader's heart into way too many knots before reaching the end.
A contemporary romance that will make you a tad shy of giddy -- both during the read and for a long while after!
Here to Stay, book 2 Where Love Begins series***** by Melissa Tagg
Autumn Kingsley is owner and manager of her family's inn, Kingsley Inn. However, Autumn has dreamed for years of moving to Paris. She finally lands her dream job in Paris but wants to fix up the Inn, hire a manager and make sure her employees continue working at the Inn before she moves. The Inn needs lots of repairs and the mortgage is way behind, how will she be able to do the needed repairs in the short time she has before moving? And what about the overdue mortgage? Then the bank sends her a notice regarding the overdue mortgage, now what will she do?
Blake Hunziker has been away from home for 5 years, traveling around the country trying to find peace. He finally returns home to Whisper Shore, but is unsure of the reception he will receive by his parents and those in town. He is surprised by the unexpected reception he received when he arrives at this parents home. Even more surprised when he is offered a job, that is if he can pull off the upcoming annual Christmas festival. What does he know about putting on a festival? It was suggested he ask Autumn to help him as she has been helping with the festival for years. Ask Autumn to help him? Not a good idea since the Kingsley and Hunziker families have had a feud going for years.
This story is filled with humorlike when Autumn was stuck on the roof from a prankmaking me chuckle. I was glad to see healing and forgiveness from the choices of the past and subsequent consequences, regrets, grief and hurts that followed in the characters livesnot just the main characters but secondary characters as well. Of course there is a sweet romance, a romance that builds slowly as Autumn and Blake work around their past, not knowing if a future is even possible. It was great to see love in action portrayed clearly as the story developed. I also liked that Blake and Autumn learn to allow God to direct their paths in life and in all areasto trust God and not seek others approval. I have not read the first book, (Made to Last) in this series but plan to after reading Here to Stay. Great book!
~~I won a copy of this book from the author for my honest review~~
What an amazing piece of inspirational fiction nestled securely within a contemporary romance! It's an absolutely impossible book to put down!
Autumn Kingsley is determined to follow her dream; to travel the world, at least as far as Paris, France when a long-awaited job opportunity becomes available. But first things, first. She must "right a sinking ship"; her beautiful, vintage family inn needs increasingly serious repairs and a boatload of reservations in order to prevent it from dissolving into bankruptcy and disappearing from Whisper Shore's alluring landscape. Could the offer of assistance from a family nemesis possibly be the answer to her problems, or only the beginning of many, many more? Old wounds leave deep scars.
Blake "Blaze" Hunziker has decided to stop "globe-trotting" and come home to Whisper Shores where his family owns a beautiful posh hotel with five-star amenities in his small, nostalgic home town. But can he be taken seriously, especially after recently starring in a reality television show that featured him pretend-married to its host? And what about the memories of his brother's death; the memories that continue to pervade his thoughts and dreams without warning? Fortunately or unfortunately, when Blake is offered a temporary civic duty; to plan Whisper Shore's upcoming Christmas Festival, he literally runs into Autumn Kingsley and they form a partnership; his help at the inn in return for her help planning the festival. After seeming success on both fronts, there's no "replay button" to push once Autumn and Blake realize that their hearts have formed an alliance of their own.
Melissa Tagg is "here to stay" as well; she has demonstrated her literary skills after crafting a sincere, genuine, lovely romance between two souls who desperately needed each other.
A wonderful sequel to Made To Last! I loved getting to hear more about Blake, or maybe as he is better known, Blaze. I enjoyed the quirky romance of the first book and Melissa Tagg serves more of the same delicious writing in Here To Stay.
Humor is lovingly balanced with the harder issues in life. Both Autumn and Blake have things in their pasts, things they need to forgive others for, things they need to forgive each other for, and things they need to forgive themselves for.
An entertaining and thoughtful read, Here To Stay is another winner from Melissa Tagg. If you love contemporary romance with humor and some poignant moments definitely check out Melissa Tagg's Here To Stay!
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
In Melissa Tagg's latest book, Here to Stay, you will meet Autumn Kingsley and Blake Hunziker.
Autumn is ready to leave her hometown of Whisper Shore to live and work in Paris, France: a place where she has always dreamed of living. Blake is returning home to Whisper Shore, after four years of running, following his brother's tragic death.
Autumn and Blake team up to put on the town's annual Christmas festival. Blake has agreed to help Autumn repair her inn, in hopes she can sell it. Autumn will help Blake prepare for and put on Whisper Shore's festival, in hopes that people will gladly welcome him back to town after his past misdeeds!
God is at work in both of their lives both to heal past hurts and to grow new dreams!
This was an enjoyable read. I was touched by the storyline about how Blake deals with the circumstances surrounding his brother's death.