With her big city career and relationship in free fall, Olivia isn't sure where she belongs. So when her help is needed at Goode N' Sweet, the family bakery in Sugar Lake, she jumps at the chance to get her life back on track. Olivia's not looking for any distractions. Even if the boy who once boke her heart is now a grown man with intriguing secrets - and the same hold on her heart. Ignoring the sparks between them is impossible. And as unexpected surprises and hard choices endanger their reunion, they'll have to decide which direction to take if they want to find the road back to love.
"Olivia "Liv" Gale loses her job and her boyfriend (and her TV) in one weekend, and there's a family emergency in Georgia, so Liv gladly leaves New York City behind for Sugar Lake, reluctantly allowing her directionless younger sister to join her. Aunt Joyce thinks she is managing a broken hip and Goode 'N Sweet, the family bakery, just fine, but she is glad to see her nieces, as are the myriad extended-family members who live nearby. Also glad to see Liv is Clayton Morris, who broke her heart during her last summer in Sugar Lake. But Clayton had reasons, and now he is back in town as the fire chief with his tween daughter in tow. Liv's stubbornness is no match for Clayton's sweetness, though she puts up a good fight. Jackson (The Betting Vow , 2017) really shines in the dialogue as one exchange can reveal a lifetime of sibling rivalry, while making the reader laugh. Liv's journey to loosen up and bake with love is a must-read for fans of second-chance love stories and sweet small-town romances.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Jackson's contemporary story of reunited lovers is a decent if unremarkable series launch. After Olivia Gale's business-minded boyfriend dumps her and she gets fired on the same day, she agrees to help out with the family bakery in Sugar Lake, Ga. Her aunt Joyce, who runs the bakery, has taken a nasty fall and really needs Olivia's assistance. Returning home, however, places Olivia squarely in the path of firefighter Clayton Morris, who broke her heart when they were teenagers and is currently living in the house next door with his preteen daughter. Following a fire at the bakery, Olivia and Clayton keep running into each other. Through a tense game of pool and an incident with an anthill, Clayton does his best to show her that he's changed. The slow redevelopment of Clayton and Olivia's relationship founders a bit on the shoals of Olivia's uncertainty and dithering, but readers will cheer her on toward her decision to give Clayton a second chance. Contemporary romance fans who don't mind a slow story will enjoy relaxing with this one. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Nov.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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