Review ~ Once A Charmer by Sharla Lovelace

Book: Once A Charmer

Author: Sharla Lovelace

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: Lyrical Shine, October 17, 2017

Source: Publisher

Charmed, Texas, is a close-knit small town where people’s dreams of love can come true. That’s not to say that some people aren’t still waiting, and dreaming . . .
 
By day, Allie Greene stays busy with her family diner, and keeping tabs on her teenage daughter. What’s really exhausting Allie, however, are the nights. Not that she minds Bash Anderson unbuttoning her naughty desires—if only in her dreams. But what was he doing there at all? He’s her best friend, and a father figure to her girl. Talk about awkward. Talk about OMG-heat-and-fireworks that are flipping fifteen years of normal upside down. And now, when Allie needs him as a friend more than ever, logic doesn’t stand a chance against his lips and irresistible deep-blue eyes . . .

Sure, Bash has fantasized about Allie, but there’s no way he’d act on it. She and her daughter are the closest thing to family he’s ever known. With the exception of one drunken moment fifteen years ago, he and Allie have stayed on this side of the line—until that impulsive kiss of hers knocked him on his butt. That’s just one hurdle. Not only does Allie need Bash’s help to save her diner, but his apiary is in trouble, too. To stir the pot further, they’ve been roped into vying for the town’s Honey King and Queen contest—a sweet event that’s making them closer than ever. Something’s bound to come undone. Bash just hopes it’s not the friendship he’s worked so hard to hold on to.

All the spoons. Give me all the spoons and all the measurement cups for this book. Or you know what, no, I’ll have this to go with a nice cup of coffee, I’ll have it as cream on top of my double chocolate brownie. Or, I might have it as my security blanket to sleep with at night. I haven’t decided yet. Such a wonderful, charming-yeah, yeah, I know- sweet and heartwarming story.

As one of my favorite tropes, this is a friends-to-lovers story. Allie and Bash have been friends since they were seventeen, they’ve been through all the good, bad and ugly in their lives. They’ve seen each other at their best and inevitably at their worst. It was clear in the story that they both have been a little in love with each other from the start, it just had to take some teenage drama, money in trees and mysterious townsfolk with special powers to realize that.

Sharla Lovelace’s CHARMED, TEXAS series is just as the name suggests. Quite charming, with a dash of mystique that, what can I say, I liked very much. Characters are what you’d expect from a small town romance. Everyone knows everyone else and they naturally meddle in each other’s business. But they do it in such a way that not only can you not get irritated, you actually find yourself envying the kind of camaraderie. Probably being only the reader helps but still. It’s nice.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loves small town romance, who likes friends-to-lovers stories, or when one part of the couple comes with a teenage daughter. Or, you know, if you like romance in general. Such a sweet, sweet romance. I honestly don’t want to run out of residents of Charmed, Texas. Send more people in, keep an eye out for those who could use a happily ever after, please.

I’m adding five big spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.

 

Charmed in Texas series by Sharla Lovelace:

  1. A Charmed Little Lie
  2. Lucky Charmed
  3. Once A Charmer
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