Sunday, March 17, 2019

4 Wine Glass #Review of My Kind of Forever by Tracy Brogan

40626429Title: My Kind of Forever
Series: Trillium Bay #2
Author: Tracy Brogan
Format: Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published: January 22nd 2019 by Montlake Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

As the youngest mayor Trillium Bay has ever elected, Brooke Callaghan wants to prove she’s up to the challenge. She’s stepping out of her practical teacher flats and into her sister’s treacherously high heels…with disastrous results. But if she’s going to (literally) stumble her first day on the job, why not fall into the arms of a handsome stranger?

Leo Walker is a rarity on Wenniway Island. Not only handsome, he’s also single, funny, and—most importantly—interested in Brooke. Unfortunately, his reasons for being on the island are temporary, so in spite of the undeniable chemistry between them, he’s not a forever kind of guy.

When a private investigator arrives with news of a jewel thief hiding on the island, Brooke finds herself dealing with one kerfuffle after another, and Leo proves to be a delicious distraction. What does she really know about him, though? And the biggest question of all? Does this short-term romance hold the possibility of long-term love?

Linda's Thoughts:
The delightful second installment in the author’s Trillium Bay saga…

Tracy Brogan’s My Kind of Forever is the delightful second installment in her Trillium Bay saga set in the small town of Trillium Bay located on Wenniway Island off the coast of Michigan. The island is famous for its fudge and has one grand hotel called the Imperial Hotel. Automobiles aren’t allowed on the island. It’s a tourist’s mecca during the summer, but in the wintertime, the residents, who mostly sport old Irish roots, take center stage. This entry stars science-school-teacher-turned-new-mayor Brooke Callaghan and private investigator Leo Walker.  They are backed up by a colorful array of quirky residents whose antics will undoubtedly keep you chuckling throughout.

As the story opens, we catch up with Brooke on her way to experience her first day as the town’s new mayor. Even though she has no political experience, she is determined to show that she’s up to taking on the town’s mayoral position by making a questionable fashion choice. Instead of wearing her normal comfortable shoes, she elects to wear her sister’s mountain-top high heels. Not only do they not fit her, but she quickly finds that the heels are not a great choice to navigate the town’s cobblestones. However, the scene does make for a hilarious opening salvo and a first-meeting-to-remember as she literally topples into our hero’s arms when her heels malfunction.

Brooke certainly has her hands full as the new mayor. First, the former mayor abruptly quits without showing her a thing. She swiftly learns that he hated technology and desperately needed the organizing skills of Marie Kondo. Secondly, corralling the members of the crazy, opinionated city council is a formidable task on its own. AND the city council meetings are held at the town’s bar where Leo just happens to be the sexy new bartender so Brooke can’t let him distract her. Good luck with that!

In the previous book, Brooke seemed standoffish and not very friendly. However, this tale showed a completely different side to her as it incorporated her back-story which went a long way in explaining the Brooke we see today. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for me to warm up to her. That said, it is not necessary to read the first book to fully enjoy My Kind of Forever.

Leo is charming and good-looking from the get-go. Brooke can’t help but be attracted to him especially after he draws her in by claiming to be an aspiring author.  But, she was burned badly in a prior relationship and is gun-shy about being hurt again. Besides, Leo doesn’t plan to stay on the island and Brooke is a six-generation resident who doesn’t want to leave her home, family and friends. Still, the chemistry is strong between these two.

Following please find a few of my favorite lines from My Kind of Forever:

“Never trust anything you hear from an old Irishman,” my grandmother Gigi always said, and she should know because she’d married and buried three of them.”

“I’m Bill Smith, private investigator from Miami, Florida.”
“Private investigator?”
Shari glanced over at me.
“Yes, from Miami, Florida,” he said again, as if that were significant. “I’m looking for a man.”
“Oh, honey, aren’t we all?”

“May I suggest a nonbinding vote to see where everyone stands on the issue of launching dead bodies into the sky?”

All signs pointed to there not being much hope of a future for us, but maybe I could just worry about that little detail tomorrow. Tonight, I’d have just one little kiss. I looked into Leo’s ocean-blue eyes until mine fluttered shut and he’d closed that tiny distance between us.
His lips were warm on mine, the kiss soft at first but quickly intensifying. Probably because I’d wrapped my arms around his shoulders as if he were the only thing holding me upright, and maybe he was.

My Kind of Forever is a lovely, heartwarming contemporary romance teeming with laugh-out-loud moments and small-town drama where everyone knows or wants to know everyone else’s business. This tale unfolded well and the conclusion will leave you with a happy smile. Add in a bit of suspense with a possible jewel thief on-the-run in the town and I found this to be a highly entertaining romp.

Suggested Reading Order: 
My Kind of You (Book #1)
My Kind of Forever (Book #2)

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