Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Then Came You By Susan May Warren & Rachel D. Russell

Then Came You
by Susan May Warren & Rachel D. Russell
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Series: Deep Haven Collection
ISBN: 978-1953783080

I have found the Deep Haven Collection to be a super refreshing series that I just can't get enough of! I was able read Then Came You as an ebook.

Summary:

He doesn't need any trouble. She can't seem to escape it. 

Detective Daniel "Boone" Buckam is more than burned out. After fourteen stellar years on the job, one bad judgment call-and, fine, a whole lot of cynicism-has forced him into a mandatory vacation in Deep Haven. If he can get his head on straight, there's a job as Police Chief waiting for him back in his Minneapolis suburb. And then, he meets Vivien. 

Actress Vivien Calhoun isn't really a drama queen. Sure, she gets swept up in the emotions of life-but please, she's an actress. Or, um, was until a stalker made her flee the bright lights of Broadway. Now, she's passionate about directing her local theater production. But when she accidentally ropes an uptight police detective on vacation into her cast, she can't help but wonder if he might be the leading man she's always longed for. 

Boone can't help but like Vivien. He might even have a type-vivacious and bubbly, with a penchant for attracting danger. He can smell trouble even if she can't, and is pretty sure her stalker has hunted her all the way to Deep Haven. He'll have to stay by her side-even if it means being in her silly play-to keep her safe. But Vivien is more than he expected as she helps him discover a part of him he's locked away...the part that said he could never love again. 

It's summertime in Deep Haven, and the fun is heating up in this laugh-out-loud, charming story.


My Review:

Wow! This was SUCH a great story! I absolutely adored getting to know Boone! I hadn't read any of the books Boone had been in with PJ, but I didn't feel like I had missed too much getting to know him now in this book. I DO want to go read the PJ Sugar stories now, though!

So, I love Vivien! I can understand why everyone falls under her spell. She's has such a magnetic personality. And the book starts off with her magnetism benefiting her greatly in a very awkward situation.

The way she and Boone meet is one of the best meet-cutes I've read! From there, things go from fast to faster. lol Boone is away from the Cities for a forced vacation. It's easy to tell how he's struggling with the way his life has been going. The way Vivien looks at him, you can also tell he's in fine form!

I felt so terrible for Vivien. There's mystery and suspense to this story because it seems someone is trying to ruin her life. It seems like any time Viv gets a grasp on things going good, everything comes crashing down.

There are definitely some amusing moments in the story. Viv tries to play matchmaker at one point. That was highly amusing as a reader. To balance that out, there were some peeling back of the layers of what Vivien and Boone had each struggled with in their lives.

Needless to say, this was a VERY satisfying story! Boone and Vivien are two wonderful characters and you can't beat visiting Deep Haven whenever given the chance!

About the Authors:

Rachel D. Russell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers, My Book Therapy's Novel Academy, and is a regular contributor to the Learn How to Write a Novel blog. When Rachel's not cheering on one of her two teens at sporting events, she's often interrogating her husband on his own military and law enforcement experience to craft believable heroes in uniform. The rest of her time is spent cantering her horse down the Oregon trails and redirecting her three keyboard-hogging cats.

Visit Rachel's website at www.racheldrussell.com.

With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over seventy-five novels with Revell, Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas. 

With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award.

Of her books, Publisher's Weekly has written, "Warren lays bare her characters' human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness."  

And Library Journal adds, "Warren's characters are well-developed and she knows how to create a first rate contemporary romance..." 

Susan is also a nationally acclaimed writing coach, teaching at conferences around the nation and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. She loves to help people launch their writing careers and is the founder of Novel.Academy and www.LearnHowtoWriteaNovel.com, a writing website that helps authors get published and stay published. She's also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation.

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