by Stacy Claflin
Series: The Hunters #9, The Bayside Hunters #4
Publication Date January 16, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Suspense
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adults
What do a fifteen-year-old pact, a fake engagement, and a stalker have in common? Audrey Hughes.
Audrey’s ex-boyfriend won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A master manipulator and a violently selfish man, he’s decided Audrey is his property. And he’s determined to get her back. Forcibly, if necessary.
She flees to the one place she ever found ‘family’—to Enchantment Bay. More precisely, to Logan Hunter.
Logan is a successful attorney and consummate bachelor. His work is his wife, and that’s the only long-term relationship he sees for himself. Until a childhood sweetheart shows up and reminds him of the pact they made years earlier—to get married.
It surprises him that she remembered, stuns him that he’s intrigued, and shocks him to discover her reason for returning. He uses all his influence and connections to protect her, only to be the one who causes her unbearable pain and drives her away.
Can Logan find a way to keep Audrey safe, make things right, and mend both their broken hearts?
Bayside Destinies is a standalone novel in the Hunters collection, a series of sweet contemporary romances by USA Today bestselling author, Stacy Claflin. If you like heartwarming romances with a side of suspense, then you'll love the latest entry in the fun, romantic beach series. Budding romance and great chemistry abound with fully-developed characters that you'll fall for over and over again.
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Logan is always the rescuer. In previous books, Logan travels down to California to help out his cousins when they need legal advice. So it is no surprise to find him in a position where he is rescuing Audrey here.
This is a good story that has a combination of romance and a little suspense. It is fun that it combines a marriage pact and a fake engagement.
The concept of a marriage pact intrigues me. I’ve seen them as a plot element in other books, and in My Best Friend’s Wedding, but have any of you actually known anyone who has made one? I’d love to hear about that – will you leave a note in the comments?
This is the 9th book in the series, but they are written so they follow the same family and yet don’t rely on you having read the other books. Obviously, it is best if you read them in order as it will enhance the reading, but you won’t feel like you missed out if you don’t.
The story is one that deal with an ex-boyfriend-stalker who was abusive. There is one scene where he causes bruises on Audrey, but it is not written in such a way that should bother most people. If you have dealt with domestic violence, be aware that is there.
Mild swear words are used in this story, but only in a handful of places. Perhaps many reading it wouldn’t even think twice about the one used – I am probably pickier about that than most.
Shale glanced around and spoke in a low voice. “You sure your engagement is fake?”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Logan frowned.
“I saw the way you two kept looking at each other during dinner.”
Logan stood taller. “We have to be convincing.”
“You kissed her twice when I was the only one in here. Twice, and I know it’s fake. Or at least that it’s supposed to be.”
Logan glared at him. “It is.”
“I was looking for signs that it is, but I didn’t see any. I just saw two people acting like they think the other was the best thing ever.”
“We are friends—we genuinely like each other. You’re reading too much into it.”
“Whatever you have to tell yourself.”
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