Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope series #5
Also in this series: Hope Flames, Hope Flames, Hope Ignites, Hope Ignites, Hope Burns, Love After All, Don't Let Go, Love Me Again
Published by Jove, Penguin
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
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Reid McCormack is back in Hope to renovate the old mercantile. Then he plans to go back to Boston, where he's built a successful career. But beautiful florist Samantha Reasor is a distraction Reid hadn't counted on. Samantha intends to convince Reid that Hope is where his heart has always been, and coming home might be the best choice he could ever make.
Reid loves his job as an architect and he loves having that job in Boston but when he heads home to do a reno job on a building that he and his brothers bought he finds he misses his hometown of Hope, Oklahoma. As much as he misses it he knows his life is in Boston.
Sam loves Hope and loves living there. She single-handedly runs a florist and does a booming business. On top of that she lives down the street from her aging grandmother and checks in on her on a regular basis. She is excited about the old mercantile being renovated and checks in with Reid regularly to see how the work is going.
The pair feel an attraction to one another and eventually begin a sexual relationship but all with the thought in mind that Reid will leave as soon as the renovations are completed. The longer Reid stays, however, they each realize what they’ll be giving up if he leaves for good.
This was a very sweet story with not a whole lot of angst and I loved that. Sometimes I just need to read a book that’s got a romance that has it’s issues but not too much conflict. It DOES happen from time to time in real life, I’m sure of it! 🙂
In Make Me Stay we got to revisit characters from previous books and go info on them but the main focus was on Sam and Reid and their blooming love. They were both really good people who cared about others and took care of their own. Reid was especially wonderful taking Sam’s grandmother into his fold as well and it warmed my heart to see his acceptance of her and what that would mean for him and Sam in the future.
Overall this was a very heartwarming novel that I really enjoyed reading.
Rating: 4 out of 5