Can’t Stop Loving You by Miranda Liasson
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, December 6, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Mirror Lake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 286 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4 Gold Crowns
When it comes to her heart, Arabella D’Angelo has moved on—even though she still lives in Mirror Lake, Connecticut, a little tourist town with a long memory for mistakes. Ever the dutiful daughter of a cantankerous widower who holds grudges, Bella has spent the past twelve years raising her younger brother and making a name for herself as a successful psychologist. Now, when she isn’t counseling a lonely-hearts club for senior women, she’s humoring her matchmaking girlfriends. Bella resists the romancing of their blind dates, yet her friends hope she’ll fall for a local and scrap plans for a fresh start in Chicago.
Then, just before Bella’s thirtieth birthday, her first love, Roman Spikonos, returns to Mirror Lake. When he moves next door to her family’s garden-center business to run his grandparents’ orchard, it stirs up gossip—and a tempest of passions—just in time for pumpkin harvest. As Roman and Bella once again get caught up in a swirl of desire and heartache, not to mention her overprotective father’s fury, Mirror Lake will soon find out whether the Italian hometown beauty and her unforgettable Greek god can stand a second chance.
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I have read several books in Miranda Liasson’s Mirror Lake series, so when I received an invitation from the publisher via Net-Galley to read and review this book, I eagerly accepted an ARC. My review is honest and not biased in anyway. Can’t Stop Loving You is another great addition to this series.
Bella and Roman met and fell in love as teenagers. When she ends up pregnant, they make plans to marry, but those plans go astray when she loses the baby. They break up and Roman moves away.
Just before Bella’s thirtieth birthday, Roman returns and the attraction is as strong as it was their senior year, but neither want to experience the heartache again. They try to stay away, but their desire for each other will not be denied.
Can these two high school sweethearts move past the hurts of the past and rekindle the love they used to have for one another?
Can’t Stop Loving You has a nice steady pace. The romance between Bella and Roman is very believable, so the feelings they experience are realistic. I truly wanted them to find their happy ending.
Bella is an interesting, and at times, complex character. While she fights for independence, she has never fully shaken off her father’s domination. She wants to hide her new relationship with Roman from him rather than face her cantankerous parent. That was the only thing I did not care for in her character.
Roman is a fantastic hero. He an all-around-good guy. Oh, and wow, is he good looking. I think that the reason why I found him such an awesome character was because he is much more than his appearance. He’s even better on the inside. He is a loyal brother, and he truly loves Bella. My heart ached for him when he discovers the truth of why Bella broke up with him after she lost the baby.
If you’re looking for a great contemporary with good substance and flawed characters who overcome their insecurities, then you will love Can’t Stop Loving You as much as I did. Happy reading!