Updated: Aug 22, 2021
Can't Hurry Love
by Melinda Curtis
Published by Forever
Book #1 in the Sunshine Valley series
Head-over-heels in love, Lola Williams gave up everything to marry Randy, including a promising career in New York City.
Now, after one year of marriage and one year of widowhood, Lola finds herself stranded in Sunshine, Colorado, reeling from the revelation that Randy had secrets she never could have imagined. She swears she's done with love forever but the matchmaking ladies of the Sunshine Valley Widows Club have different plans... Sheriff Drew Taylor also knows what it feels like to be unlucky in love. So when Lola comes to him for help uncovering Randy's hidden life, Drew finds himself saying yes against his better judgment - especially with the Widows Club eyeing them both. Soon enough, Lola is upending Drew's peaceful, predictable world...and he kind of likes it! But will this big-city girl ever give her heart to a small-town guy again?
I don't normally explain my GIF choices in my reviews, but I came across this one, and its so perfect for a particular part of this book, I had to use it. :)
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Foul Language Rom-Com Feel Good
Mild spoilers below.
Can't Hurry Love is the first novel in the Sunshine Valley series written by Melinda Curtis, and is written from three different point-of-views: Lola Williams, who has been widowed for almost a year when she discovers her husband was having an affair, Drew Taylor, Sunshine Valley's sheriff, single father to a spunky six-year-old daughter, and Mims, president of Sunshine Valley's Widows club, a support group of sorts and group that focus's on raising money for charities in their town (and also their match-making). All have their own personal turmoil, and all clash together in this sweet romance.
Lola and Drew are the main two protagonists, and their stories are interesting. I was immediately drawn into the mystery of her husbands secret life, and found myself not being able to put the book down, because like Lola, I wanted to know. It helps that Lola's antics to get to the truth makes for some fun reading, especially when an exasperated Drew gets involved. And while I had feelings about some of the women he was involved with, and they were confirmed, there were some twists, which I appreciated. Drew's situation with his ex-wife is also interesting. I am not sure about his ex. I have trouble sympathizing with a woman who gave up her child, and then six years later comes back and wants to resume the mother role. I do like that Drew, in the end, decides to allow supervised visitation, since his daughter seems to like her biological mother so much.
This romance was a bit different from other romances I have read. It's certainly not my first small town man, big city girl story, and it's not e