Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: This Love of Mine by Miranda Liasson

Book Description

Bridal shop owner Meg Halloran spends her days making other women’s wedding dreams come true—and her nights dreaming of her childhood crush, hometown heartthrob Dr. Benjamin Rushford. After a lifetime of wearing her heart on her sleeve, she’s done waiting. Meg’s ready to find love, with or without him. Moving on feels right—until Ben pops an unexpected question.
To win the open ER position in Mirror Lake, Ben has to convince the board that he’s settled and ready to put down roots. His latest stroke of genius? Asking Meg, the local good girl, to be his pretend girlfriend. With her by his side, he’s a shoo-in for the job. But he’s in over his head because, as much as he tries to deny it, Meg tempts him. And if she learns the truth about a secret that has shadowed and shaped his life, will she ever be able to forgive him?

AVAILABLE: October 6, 2015

**I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Ben and Meg have known each other most of their lives.  They each had feelings for each other as teenagers (and even shared a kiss), until tragedy struck.  Patrick, Meg's older brother and Ben's best friend, died in an swimming accident.  Ben has lived with the guilt of not being able to save his best friend for 10 years and pulled away from Meg because of it.

This Love of Mine starts off in an elevator.  Meg, who now owns her own bridal shop, is delivering some dresses to the mayor's daughter for her engagement party when Ben walks into the elevator with a "date" for a business dinner.  Ben's date ditches him for a concert (front row seats to help her "modeling career") and leaves Ben in a lurch.  Meg, hiding behind her dresses and bags, spills everything on the way out of the elevator trying to get away without being recognized by Ben... and fails.  After being rescued by Ben, she agrees to be his pseudo girlfriend for the dinner to help Ben earn the open ER spot at the local hospital.

But one dinner turns into a weekend away (for charity), and Meg becomes more determined to put her longtime crush behind her.  Will Ben be able to move past his guilt and open up to the one girl that he's always loved or will that guilt and desire for a job push Meg away for good??     

Rating: 4 out of 5