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Publisher's Summary

Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby - especially when Ruby won't stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who'd be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone a marriage proposal. But that's exactly what happens when Ruby needs life-saving surgery.

Dax showed up in East Beach a year ago, fresh from a painful divorce and looking for a place where he could make furniture and avoid people. Suddenly his life is invaded by an inquisitive munchkin in sparkly cowboy boots - and her frazzled, too-tempting mother. So he presents a practical plan: his insurance will help Ruby, and then they can divorce - zero strings attached.

But soon Kyra and Dax find their engagement of convenience is simple in name only. As their attraction deepens, a figure from the past reappears, offering a way out. Can Kyra and Dax let go so easily - or has love become a preexisting condition?

©2017 Dinah Dinwiddie. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 08-02-17

Sweet, heartfelt romance -- must read

This is a romance tale with an adorable eight year old in the mix. London does a great job creating enough tension yet letting the moments flood the feel-good zone. If you are looking for a nice listen that make you smile, this is the one.

I especially liked the narration which matched the story well. The plot was solid although there were some open minor issues left, but all considered. It is very strong.

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So Enjoyable

Such a sweet story. Love the different characters, especially the exuberant daughter. She was delightful!

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Welcome to East Beach!

Dax is a bitter man hiding from the world and making beautiful furniture while he does. Then Kyra Kokinos and her vibrant daughter, Ruby, move in next door and shake up he's world, in a good way! He just doesn't see it that way at first. I'm smitten with little Ruby and her relationship with Dax is just precious! I laughed every time he called her Coconut! I also enjoyed Cristina Panfilio's narration.

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This one has it all!

Funny, heart wrenching, AMAZING narration by Cristina Panfilio. I wish there were more books like this. Even better on the second re-read (listen).

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This narrator is amazing, story is a little rough

This story seemed a little tough in some spots. It was hard to hear a woman be so emotionally needy at some points, but thankfully it twists and turns and comes out fantastic. This narrator is amazing. I love that she comes across so realistic. Out of the three Lake Haven books, this one was the hardest for me to get through. If you listen and love the first 2 lake haven stories, don't bother reading the plot of this one, just listen!! I think knowing the plot made me more rushed while listening and therefore frustrated with Kira and her emotional roller coaster.

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Sudden!y Engaged

I really enjoyed listening to this book and was hooked.I finished it in one day.

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Best book in this series..

Wow this book really Got to me. Great storyline and with such great characters. I just wanted to hug That little coconut.
Narration: awesome job. Made this book come alive.

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Another Wonderful book by Julia London.

This was another great book by Julia London. I got the audio version and Cristina Panfilio did a superb job at narrating with her different voices and inflections. There was a full-spectrum of emotions during this entire book. There were so many times that I found myself laughing out loud and later wiping away tears. I am definitely looking for more books by Ms. London.

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Best in the series so far!

I really cannot get enough of Cristina Panfilio! She brings these books alive with that amazing voice.

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A feel good Hallmark story

This book has happy ending written all over it from the time young Ruby and her down on her luck mom Keira first meet grumpy neighbor Dax. Character development is good but a bit wordy dialog. I kept wishing the story would just move along faster. A nice story though for anyone who likes a nice romance.

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  • 07-17-18

The best so far

Sob warning: ugly great sobbing do not listen to chapters 24/25/26 ....... I had to stop go do house work ,anything to stop feeling like my heart was being crushed ! Brilliant writing I just wish the orator didn't talk like she had a rod up her back side