Title: Love Him or Leave Him (Small Town, Big Dreams, #2)
Author: Sara Daniel
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Release Date: July 8, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars
Sometimes dreams are where you least expect them.
Connor O’Malley and Becca Sanders were once high school sweethearts, ripped apart by rumors in the small town of Kortville, Illinois. Connor left to join the military, and Becca stayed, waiting for her younger brother to graduate so she could live her dreams of traveling the world. But now that Connor’s back as the town sheriff, Becca finds herself struggling to resist the too-handsome man who once broke her heart.
Connor loves Kortville—its quaintness keeps at bay the painful memories of Afghanistan he’s sure make him unworthy of any woman, particularly the beautiful brunette he’s always secretly dreamed of a future with. But when a scandal rocks the town, suddenly Connor and Becca must trust in each other if they want to weather this storm…and come out on the other side of it together.
These Entangled Bliss books have been fun to read. They are light, flirty, fun, and sweet. Is the word “sweet” overused in reviews? Yeah, I think it is. But this one IS sweet because there is a hot cocoa contest in it and doughnuts. I was a little worried about reading another Bliss book thinking it would be too similar to the others I have read (which were very good) but I was pleasantly reminded that each author is different and each book is different. I really liked Love Him or Leave Him by Sara Daniel!
In this story, we follow Connor and Becca. They were high school sweethearts but some rumors and teenage uncertainty got in their way. Now, twelve years later, they are living in the same small town trying to run from their past and figure out their future. Connor is the town’s Sherif (check out my interview with him here) and Becca is trying hard to get her younger brother, Toby, graduated from high school so she can go explore the world. As you can imagine, things don’t always go as we plan.
Sara does a great job of playing out Connor and Becca’s romance in the story and weaving in a few plot lines to make for a very interesting read. I had a tough time putting it down because there never seemed to be a place that I felt I could stop and come back to it, so I read it pretty quickly. She adds a touch of suspense to the story with a crime spree going on in the cozy little town of Kortville. This was my first book by Sara and will not be my last. Her writing is smooth, her plot is well developed and her characters are ones you can root for with just enough amount of flaws but have big hearts.
Love Him or Leave Him is the second book in the series, but you can read it as a standalone. It does make me want to go back and read about Matt and Veronica (Construction Beauty Queen) who are very much a part of the story in Love Him or Leave Him. If you are looking for a light, fun, clean, contemporary romance that will have you wishing you lived in a small town, I highly recommend you read Love Him or Leave Him!
Reviewed by: Amy R.