When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that if Wendy sells it, she must put it on the market herself “in person.”
As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to keep the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.
But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.
Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.
This is the perfect book to pick up and read when you just want a sweet escape. The story of Wendy and Max was simply a delight. I loved the legend of Blue Moon Bay and how all the little details tied together - nothing in this book was happenstance.
Wendy is a well-developed and relatable heroine. She's independent and strong-willed, but she has insecurities and carries past hurts that have affected her entire life. Max appears to be the perfect hero, but a "perfect" hero really isn't realistic. Thankfully, Max is perfectly flawed - he has his own shortcomings, weaknesses, and even secrets that help balance him out. However, Wendy and Max are absolutely perfect for one another - despite Wendy's denial and the multiple ups and downs of their relationship.
The cast of supporting characters - Wendy's brother and parents, her friends Megan and Olivia, along with Wendy's assistant Jeanine, and even Max's dog Lucky - all add variety and depth to the story. If you are in the mood for a relaxing, feel-good, sweet romance this is the book for you. Take that well-deserved break and escape to Blue Moon Bay for awhile to fall in love with a kiss beneath the blue moon!
Honest disclosure ~ I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
FYI ~ clean/sweet romance, no content warnings