Series: Mirror Lake #2
Published by Montlake Romance on October 6th 2015
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Bridal shop owner Meg Halloran spends her days making other women’s wedding dreams come true—and her nights dreaming of her childhood crush, hometown heartthrob Dr. Benjamin Rushford. After a lifetime of wearing her heart on her sleeve, she’s done waiting. Meg’s ready to find love, with or without him. Moving on feels right—until Ben pops an unexpected question.
To win the open ER position in Mirror Lake, Ben has to convince the board that he’s settled and ready to put down roots. His latest stroke of genius? Asking Meg, the local good girl, to be his pretend girlfriend. With her by his side, he’s a shoo-in for the job. But he’s in over his head because, as much as he tries to deny it, Meg tempts him. And if she learns the truth about a secret that has shadowed and shaped his life, will she ever be able to forgive him?
“This Love of Mine” is an entertaining, small-town read about a woman who has finally stopped pining after the crush of her teenage self…only for him to notice her just so he can secure the job of his dreams. Except that he’s apparently wanted her all along, but never felt worthy because of a traumatic event in both their pasts – which has all along, inexplicably led him to a blanket excuse policy of not wanting relationships at all. (I still don’t really see the connection between that sort of behaviour and his guilt, to be honest) The confusion and angst comes in towards the last quarter of the book, only to be washed over by a HEA that had me cringing at the tooth-achingly sweetness of a perfect world where everything is apparently resolved by the time the last page is turned.