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  • I want to live in Hope Falls

    I enjoyed Fire and Romance by the amazing duo Melanie Shawn, book 15 in their Hope Fall series. Hope Falls firefighter Marco Reyes never thought he would run into the only girl that ever tempted him to give up his bachelor life again. Sydney Prince’s life was good, but she wanted to get past the frogs in her life and find her Prince Charming, if he was still out there and available. Not that Sydney believed in romance so much as the wearing of glass slippers, think expensive designer shoes. When these two friends meet up at their high school reunion, sparks fly leaving the rest of the attendees in their dust. Marco and Sydney were friends who were afraid to let the other know how they really felt in high school. Following a hot night together and a mistaken message when Marco retruns, it takes two additional years before they reconnect again. It is then that they discover the love they share for each other and a hope that they can share a future together, despite the obstacles thrown into the paths. This book crosses many tropes; teenager’s first love, friends to lovers, and even a second chance at love. Through their amazing and vivid writing Melanie Shawn did an outstanding job tackling this love story and the magic of Hope Falls. I genuinely enjoyed reading Fire and Romance and was pleased that Melanie Shawn found a way for Marco and Sydney to open their hearts, share their love and find a way to a happy forever. Although this book is part of a series, it can also be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the next story in the Hope Falls series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Stands Alone Easily

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This book easily stands alone. It starts off NOT in Hope Fall, but rather Sunset Canyon, CA, two years before where Hope Falls firefighter and resident, Marcus is at his 10 year reunion. He only went because his grandfather had a heart attack and so he was back in town to visit his poppy. Since he was around anyways he goes to his reunion hoping to catch up with his old friend and crush, Sydney, even though he believes Sydney is in a relationship already. Sydney thought it would be cool to bring her doctor boyfriend and show up all the mean girls from high school. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and is a home care worker and she is visiting because her boyfriend talks her into it. Only her boyfriend flakes on her and they break up that night. So when she runs into Marcus she is very newly single. Marcus has always loved her and her him but they have always struggled with the right time and the right place and despite a wonderful night, the two go their separate ways until two years later when Sydney ends up living in Marcus' house and staying in Hope Falls with him. Why? well I am not spoiling that. But this was the best part of the book as Marcus and Sydney try and resist the other as they get to really know the other. But Sydney is only around for a month.... well I am not spoiling what happens.... This was a fun story with some great characters. It is very HOT! as all Melanie Shawn books are and we get to see Karina and Amy. Otherwise not many other Hope Falls characters. I would say it was more cameo appearances than that they played a part in the story. I would have liked to have seen more of my favorite characters. Otherwise, Marcus and Sydney drove me a little nuts as they both love the other but have some big issues to work thru.I loved the ending of the story and I really enjoyed getting to know Marcus and Sydney. I would love a story with Devon and Caleb.

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  • Beautiful Read

    Marco and Sydney are a sweet couple. Friends for so many years with the love they have for each other hidden the entire time. Then school is over, and they go their separate ways. 10-year school reunion and Sydney is hoping to see Marco again for the first time since graduating. Marco is only in town for his grandpa who is sick and didn’t have any plans to go to the reunion. After his moms convinces him to go he is hoping he will run into Sydney. Just when Marco is ready to leave the reunion he finally gets his wish of seeing Sydney. Marco realizes that as kids he never told Sydney his true feelings for her as he was afraid of losing her if she didn’t have the same feelings for him. Tonight he was determined to make sure she knows all of his feelings for her. Will one night turn into a lifetime together? Will they be able to overcome the obstacles in their way? You’ll want to read this story and enjoy a true love story.

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  • A fantastic read!!!

    There’s nothing like waking up and realizing there’s a new Melanie Shawn book released. Sydney and Marco are perfect together. It took time, a few misunderstandings (both past and present) and some meddling family members to get these two their HEA, but it was so worth it. I was drawn in from the beginning, and these girls did a perfect job on this story. I would definitely recommend this read!!!

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  • Love it!!!

    Sometimes it is not just about second chances, sometimes it takes several, brave, out of your comfort zone jumps to make your dreams come true with you one true soulmate. This touching, fun, and scorching hot story had a smile on my face through the tale. Yes, there are wrenching emotions from deep valley to high mountaintop. No, the life has not been easy for either Marco or Sydney, and their encounters are not always filled with delight and happiness. Yet there is such a joy in the knowledge that the other exists. Even if and when they are not together, just knowing the other one is out there somewhere, and what they mean to each other even through the years of living their lives separately, that purely unconditional love and support towards the other was tangible on each page of the tale radiating such positive vibes, I could not help but smile. Of course, that joyfulness was also paired with light and fetching banter of two lifelong friends who knew each other way back when. The pop culture references had me cackling, so well embedded in the story and giving relatable references. I admire how well they knew each other, Marco and Sydney, the connection between them is undeniable, nearly visible, and definitely filled with passion, heat, and adoration. Yes, the heat level is in the other atmosphere, Marco and Sydney burn for each other, and every time they do come together in fervor, it not only shows the depth of their emotions but also the development of their feelings and relationship, thus being a valuable, inseparable part of the plot. I loved Sydney's independence, smarts, and dedication. Her need to save the world even if just one person at the time is admirable. She is generous, kind, and loving person with feets on the ground, and smile in her eyes. She is one of those female leads who is extremely easy to relate to, care and cheer for. I admired Marco's loyalty and honesty. The way he owned his shortcomings and talked about past misunderstandings without drama made me respect him even more. Marco and Sydney were so intuned with each other, they made a remarkable team when the need arises, he stood up for her, helped her, and cherished her, and had me sighing and swooning, and yes, smiling. Visiting Hope Falls makes me always feel like coming to a home away from home, the warmth of the people is palpable, the welcome is always there. Marco and Sydney's story is filled with yearning, affection, ardor, joy, and hope, a perfect fit to the marvelous series! ~ Five Spoons

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