I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Falling in Love on Willow Creek by Debbie Mason
Series: Highland Falls #3
Published by Forever on 2021-06-29
Length: 400 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2021, 2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge, 2021 New Release Challenge, COYER 2021
Fall in love with the latest Highland Falls romance about a single mom-to-be's surprise delivery and the undercover FBI agent who rescues her and her heart in the small town of Highland Falls.
Single mom-to-be Sadie Gray will do anything to find her younger brother before the law catches up with him. Even if it means returning home to the small town of Highland Falls with a baby due any moment. But when that moment comes sooner than expected, and Sadie finds herself stranded on the top of a mountain—in labor--she couldn’t be more grateful for the park ranger who finds her and helps deliver her daughter safely. Soon they’ve formed a tight friendship, and while he may be hinting at more, Sadie isn’t planning to stick around after she finds her brother.
FBI agent Chase Roberts wasn’t looking for love when he agreed to go undercover as a park ranger to find an on-the-run informant. But he can’t help being drawn to beautiful, warm-hearted Sadie and her sweet baby daughter. He’s always longed to put down roots and start a family. But how can he hope to keep Sadie’s trust when she finds out that his job is to arrest the brother she’s been looking for?
Includes the bonus novella A Wedding on Honeysuckle Ridge for the first time in print!
Falling in Love on Willow Creek by Debbie Mason is the third book in her series Highland Falls. This time we follow the lives of Sadie Gray and Chase Roberts, a brand new single mom and FBI agent undercover. I wanted to love this one, I have loved all of Debbie Mason‘s books to date, but this one missed the mark with me.
Sadie is a bit of a hot mess when the book opens what with giving birth on the side of the road and all. But after it flashes forward a few months, Sadie is still a hot mess. Newly single, though definitely for the better, and jobless, she is floundering. Her new daughter is colicky, she’s sleep deprived, and at her wits end. I really felt for her. I remember those early days of having a newborn, and they are not easy. I could only imagine doing it alone. But Sadie’s pride gets in the way of her asking for help from her friends who are more than willing to give it.
Then enters Chase Roberts, or Michael Knight as Sadie knows him. Coming to her rescue the night her daughter was born and then mysteriously disappearing just as quickly, Michael was never far from Sadie’s thoughts. However he isn’t who she thinks he is. She believes he’s a park ranger, her “knight” in shining armor. But he’s actually an undercover FBI agent working to find her brother. Chase is extremely smart, but also a bit socially backward. I felt for him. He’s also got a heart of gold, doesn’t like lying, and now thinks he may be falling in love which is definitely against the rules.
The story has multiple plot lines that intersect. First there’s the mystery surrounding Sadie’s brother, her own involvement in the case, and where he might be. Murder may also be afoot 😉 In addition, as if Sadie needs any more on her own plate, her grandmother’s store is going bankrupt. She has to find a way to keep it afloat. The mystery and story itself I really enjoyed. However the romance between Sadie and Chase I had a hard time with. It’s insta-love. There’s very little build up. It felt forced in the beginning instead of natural, like I believe the author intended. I did eventually love them which is why I’m still giving it 4 stars.
Overall, I enjoyed Falling in Love on Willow Creek. I’m interested in seeing a story about Nate next 😉 Nate is Chase’s partner, and while he is quite rough around the edges, I’m hoping to see more of him. If you enjoy light and fluffy romance, I highly recommend this one.