Miranda Cruz isn't just the best darned waitress in town anymore; she's Red River's newest innkeeper. But first, she has to find the contractor who's disappeared with her life savings so she can start renovations. Not so easy for a woman who never depends on anyone, especially a man. And when a gorgeous old flame shows up, the fire between them is reignited and threatens to send her dreams up in smoke.
Acclaimed environmental architect Talmadge Oaks returns home to Red River on family business. He plans to get in and get out quickly because a professional catastrophe is waiting back in Washington. When an unforeseen snag keeps him in Red River longer than expected, he finds himself entangled in the renovations of his late grandmother's Victorian inn. Handy with a hammer, he offers to help the beautiful new owner, but his motives aren't completely selfless. Will his secret demolish everything they are building? Or can their undeniable passion keep them together?
©2016 Shelly Alexander (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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For me, In His Smile was a huge disappointment, although I believe the author has talent. I found aspiring innkeeper Miranda childishly annoying and architect Talmadge incredibly selfish, both acting more like immature teens than adults in their late 20s and early 30s.
Because of her promiscuous mother, Miranda was irrationally afraid to date in fear of ruining her "reputation" as if there is something wrong with a single person who enjoyed sex. WTF? Since this book was set in this century (not the stone age), the plot was ridiculous. It was difficult to like or connect to a smart female character with no self-respect or backbone.
Talmadge rarely visited his grandmother in Red River for 15 years because he had some warped guilt trip over his parents death. What a selfish asshole! When he finally returned for her funeral, he was mostly concerned with his career and financial problems. I found Talmadge selfish and obnoxious, so I totally lost interest in the plot.
ps. The appeal of a series, particularly one set in a small town, is a large cast of familiar and/or eccentric characters. Yet the Red River residents featured in the first 2 books only made an occasional appearance, without adding that hometown feeling.
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