Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: Serendipity by Carly Phillips

First line: Ethan Barron sped down Main Street in his hometown of Serendipity, New York, with one thought only.

From the back cover: Faith Harrington was the classic girl of privilege - until her father was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and then her marriage crashed and burned.

Now Faith is back in her hometown, hoping for a fresh start. But her father's betrayal has rocked Serendipity - and not everyone is ready to welcome her with open arms. Then she runs into her teenage crush - the dark, brooding Ethan Barron. Ethan, no stranger to scandal himself, never imagined he'd own the mansion on the hill, much less ever again come face-to-face with Faith - the princess he once kissed senseless. The chance meeting reignites the electric charge between them.

Still, when Ethan hires her to redecorate what was once her childhood home, Faith is sure that getting involved with the town's notorious bad boy will lead only to trouble. But her heart has other ideas. And so do the townspeople of Seredipity...

My thoughts: This is the first in Carly Phillips' newest series, Serendipity and I loved it. I still remember reading first Carly Phillips' book - The Bachelor - and have come to expect a certain steaminess and hunky characters in her books. This story certainly did not disappoint.

Ethan Barron and Faith Harrington have both returned to the hometown of Serendipity. Faith's world was destroyed by the discovery of the fact that her father had been stealing from his clients with a Ponzi scheme. And if finding out her father wasn't the man she thought he was wasn't enough, her marriage crumbled when she found her husband in her bed with his mistress. Ethan Barron had made some pretty big mistakes when he was a teenager. Now a successful business entrepreneur, he has returned home to Serendipity determined to try and make amends with the brothers he left behind.

Both Ethan and Faith have baggage, but that does not stop them falling in love with each other. That said, fate continues to throw the unexpected at them. Can they find a way to be together with everything working against them? Serendipity has heart, romance and a tortured hero looking for redemption. While it is a romance story, it is also about family and how important family is. I look forward to reading the rest of this series, getting to know the other Barron brothers. 

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

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