Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday _ Book Review


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Escape to Matchmaker Bay in this hilarious and heartwarming second chance romance from the USA Today bestselling “master of witty banter” (Entertainment Weekly).

Eve Abbott has a problem-actually, make that a lot of problems. And they’re all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt’s beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She’s definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street…

Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He’s spent the past ten years trying to forget her–to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real… before Eve turns tail and leaves for good.

Includes the bonus novella Meant to Be by Alison Bliss!


[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Mermaid Inn is the start of a new series by Jenny Holiday. A fun contemporary romance filled with second chances and fairy tale metaphors and mermaid wishes.

Eve Abbott left Matchmaker Bay after her boyfriend crushed her heart. Now she’s back after her aunts passing and finds herself with a run down inn on her hands and the stipulations she can’t sell for a year. Sawyer, Eve’s ex-boyfriend and ex best friend, doesn’t regret pushing Eve away because it allowed her to live her best life. Now that they are back in the same town the form a truce of being not not-friends which eventually leads to more. Yet, they both hold back because neither want to be hurt again since Eve is only there temporarily.

Ways Being Friends with Sawyer Collins Was Super Awkward
1. Friends don’t get caught staring slack-jawed at friends’ beards while getting the tinglies.
2. Well, that was it, basically. For now. She was certain to come up with something else next time.

This story was such a cute one with a great small town atmosphere. I absolutely adored the town, its residents and all their traditions. From the flower wishes in the bay to Anti-festival day, it all sounded delightful and fun. Eve’s character was good, but she fell a little flat for me. I enjoyed her love of library’s, her penchant for list making and her kindness when it came to Sawyers sister but I felt something missing that kept me from really connecting with her. Sawyer however was the complete package for me .A handsome bearded Police Chief, who raised his younger sister on his own who pushes away the love of his life as a teen so he doesn’t hold her back. {{swoon}} He was such a sweetheart, caring and charming.

The Matchmaker Bay series is off to a great start with Mermaid Inn and I’m looking forward to the books to come. Hopefully future books are Sawyer’s best friends Jake and Law finding their happy.


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