Miranda Cruz isn’t just the best darned waitress in town anymore; she’s Red River’s newest innkeeper. But first, she has to find the contractor who’s disappeared with her life savings so she can start renovations. Not so easy for a woman who never depends on anyone, especially a man. And when a gorgeous old flame shows up, the fire between them is reignited and threatens to send her dreams up in smoke.
Acclaimed environmental architect Talmadge Oaks returns home to Red River on family business. He plans to get in and get out quickly because a professional catastrophe is waiting back in Washington. When an unforeseen snag keeps him in Red River longer than expected, he finds himself entangled in the renovations of his late grandmother’s Victorian inn. Handy with a hammer, he offers to help the beautiful new owner, but his motives aren’t completely selfless. Will his secret demolish everything they are building? Or can their undeniable passion keep them together?
It’s In His Smile is the third book in the Red River Valley series by Shelly Alexander. The story revolves around Miranda & Talmadge and their second chance at love. I found it to be a sweet story, and it was easy to see the attraction between Miranda and Talmadge. I really enjoyed the comedic dialogue and actions from the secondary characters, especially the two meddling old ladies, Clydelle & Francine. Unfortunately, I did find the story to drag at times. I became bored and would lightly skim through some of the descriptive details. I also felt like the author ran out of ideas for the story, so she filled in sections with repetitive writing about their thoughts over their hidden feelings and Miranda’s constant worrying & whining about what others thought about her. The story did eventually pick and held my attention through the final chapters.
I give the book 4 buckles.
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