[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
It’s official, Sharla Lovelace has made it to my favorite authors list. I read Lucky Charmed a while back and thought it was insanely good. Like, it was so good that I added it to my favorites shelf on Goodreads. Then I saw Once a Charmer and I just simply couldn’t bring myself to miss out on a Charmed in Texas novel.
Although I don’t remember Allie and Bash starring in a lot of scenes in Lucky Charmed, I do remember that scene in which Dean went berserk on the squad and Allie went in to save the day then Carmen suspected something going on between them. Yeah, well I was a goner ever since.
The first couple of chapters made me laugh out loud. Especially that scene where Angel oh-so-innocently tells Bash that her mom has been having bad dreams -about him. VERY bad ones. That was super hilarious.
OH MY GOD Carmen talking about Lange with Allie and calling him MP with a straight face was the most hilarious thing ever. (MP is apparently Man Purse. Ugh that girl code)
Balie just fixing things up like a fairy godmother literally cracked me up! Then when Angel told the girls that Aaron has been really quiet and was taking ‘a cooking class’. And Allie just coincidentally remembering Sully telling her that he brought Balie to see her father and ‘that other stop’.
That town is the definition of crazy. But this series has genuinely become the absolute best small-town romance series I’ve ever come across. There’s something to be said about how the townspeople stood up to Allie, Angel and Bash that night they got into a fight with Vonda. And then that unconditional sister love between Allie, Carmen and Lanie.
I don’t know what to say about Bash other than that his love for Angel was the hottest thing ever. Okay that might sound screwed up, but seriously. He isn’t even her father. The time he ran away pissed off because she blurted out exactly that shows how much she actually means to him.
And him freaking out over every single thing Aaron did was just so friggin sweet.
Let’s not forget the ‘big gesture’ at the end which I’ll never forget even if I wanted to. That was brave on so many levels. And incredibly swoon-worthy.
Overall, I loved this series since I read the first page of Lucky Charmed which was the first Sharla Lovelace book i read. This book, though, made me fall head-over-heels for the Charmed in Texas series. I’m pretty sure Ms Lovelace has become my second (ever) auto-buy author, which is something big for me. I don’t even need to read her next book’s synopsis to buy the book. Her writing style is hilarious, sweet and so genuine. The perfect combination, if you’d ask me.
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.
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Lyrical Shine