Title: Stealing Hearts
Author: Erika Marks
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: February 9, 2015
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review.
Series or Stand Alone: Magnolia Bay #4
Bartender Mick Atwell has one more commitment before he leaves Magnolia Bay for Colorado: help his best friend, Tim, get his new wine bar POUR ready in time for its Valentine’s Day grand opening. But when Tim’s little sister Lucy breezes into town unexpectedly from New York for a visit, Mick doesn’t see how they’ll keep to their tight schedule- any more than he sees how this beautiful, spirited woman could possibly be the same irresponsible “kid” Tim has been complaining about for years…
Despite her carefree smile, Lucy Waverly hasn’t come back to Magnolia Bay for a vacation- she’s come home to hide. After discovering her boss at the gallery is selling forgeries, she needs to lay low and figure out a plan to get herself out of this dangerous mess- a plan which can’t include falling for her brother’s sexy best friend, no matter how safe he makes her feel, or how his smoldering eyes turn her inside out.
Mick has one foot out the door, but when Lucy’s troubles follow her to Magnolia Bay, they are thrust together to keep one step ahead of danger and get POUR open in time. Soon the man who lives by his plans is wondering if the woman who lives by chance may not be worth breaking his rules for.
Mick Atwell is sort of a drifter due to a tragic event that happened in his past. He is planning to stick around Magnolia Bay just long enough to help his best friend, Tim, get his new wine bar up and running. A few days before the bar is set to have it’s grand opening, Tim’s sister Lucy shows up for what she says is a surprise visit. Tim ends up getting stuck in Boston until the day of the opening, leaving Mick alone with Lucy when her boss shows up. Lucy is actually in hiding from her boss because she just discovered that he was selling forgeries. Mick swore to Tim that he would take care of Lucy while he was gone which leads them to an interesting adventure.
The characters are really relatable. Mick is running from his life while Lucy is running for hers. The attraction between them is strong and Mick keeps trying to deny it. Lucy thinks this is because Tim is always treating her like a kid and Mick can only see her this way. It was a really good love story with a nice ending. Now I need to read the first three Magnolia Bay stories.
Rating: 4 stars