Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Last Man She Expected by Michelle Major. This is the second book in the Welcome To Starlight Series in the Harlequin Special Edition line.
Published August 25th 2020 by Harlequin Special Edition
Description: How could being so wrong suddenly feel so right? Falling for her arch nemesis Isn’t going to happen.
Moving to Starlight was Mara Reed’s first step forward after her devastating divorce. But had she known she’d find Parker Johnson, her ex-husband’s ruthless divorce attorney, there, she might have gone in a different direction. Away from the big city, Mara is seeing Parker in a new light—but is it enough for her to set aside her anger?
After reading a couple of thrillers and police procedurals, this is just what I needed to cleanse my mind and give me a lift. This was a wonderful, uplifting romance that I loved coming from Harlequin. This is the second book in the Welcome to Starlight series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. Having said that, I will be going back and reading The Best Intentions by Michelle Major, which is Kaitlin’s and Finn’s story.
Mara and her daughter Evie moved to Starlight after her ugly and bitter divorce. She was left with nothing, so is staying with her aunt and working in her coffee shop. Mara is guarded and pretty much anti-social due to her fear of getting close to anyone again. Evie has her own baggage from the divorce. She is a nervous little girl who has difficulty making friends. Evie made friends with another little girl, Anna, and Mara has become good friends with Anna’s father Josh, also a single parent. What Mara doesn’t know is that Josh’s brother Parker, is coming to town for Anna’s party and decides to stay and help Josh with his current construction project. She finds out in a rather public way that Josh’s brother is the attorney that stole everything from her during her divorce.
As Parker and Mara spent more time together, both working on Josh’s project, I liked watching the sparks fly. Beginning with a hateful, disgusting attitude from Mara, Parker begins to rethink his position in some of the divorces he facilitated. As the relationship developed between them, it was quite interesting. Neither of them wants a relationship, but the attraction continues to grow and pull at them. Both of them have baggage, but they grow in this story and realize they need to rethink things and let them go. I enjoyed the storyline involving the girls. Anna and Evie were both great characters and also had things in their past to deal with. They both loved Parker, as an uncle and coach. Watching how Evie and Parker got closer together was precious. There were a few single parents in the story and it was nice to see them depicted in a positive way doing the best they could for their kids. I do not want to give away anymore of this story, but will tell you there is a happily ever after. There is some angst, a lot of baggage to deal with, some sad bits, parts that made me angry and lot of self-reflection and letting things go. I really enjoyed this well-written story with great characters, small town setting and close-knit community. If you are looking for a good romance to lighten your days, pick this one up, you won’t be disappointed.
About the Author: Michelle Major grew up in Ohio but dreamed of living in the mountains. Soon after graduating with a degree in Journalism, she pointed her car west and settled in Colorado. Her life and house are filled with one great husband, two beautiful kids, a few furry pets and several well-behaved reptiles. She’s grateful to have found her passion writing stories with happy endings. Michelle loves to hear from her readers at http://www.michellemajor.com.