Blue Skies of Summer (Azalea Valley Series, #3) by Hope Malory

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Coach Blake McLemore loves women. All women. The way they look, the way they smell, the way he feels when he is with them. But, he has yet to meet one he wants to commit to much less spend a lifetime with . . . until he meets Krystan.

Krystan Parks breaks free from her ex. A callous man. When she and her son escape to a peaceful small town, danger follows them. The last thing she wants is another man in her life . . . until she meets Blake.

What are the odds for a matchup between a jaded single mom on the run and the handsome ladies’ man protecting her from a desperate ex-husband? Will their season end with a strikeout or a homerun?

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My Thoughts:

Blue Skies of Summer by Hope Malory is part of her Azalea Valley series; each book is a standalone sweet, small-town romance.  In each story one of the McLemore siblings is highlighted.  There is no need to read the books in order, and with each book you’ll get a growing sense of the strongly connected McLemores and the tight-knit community in Azalea Valley.

The community circles its figurative wagons around newcomer Krystan Parks and her son when her about-to-be-ex-husband starts to threaten her.  From the first scene to the last, Blue Skies of Summer is packed with action, friendship and fabulous characters.  I loved Krystan’s fiery independence, and the commited bachelor, Blake McLemore seems to lose some of his conviction for the single life after meeting Krystan.  The two have an easy chemistry that feels natural.

I enjoyed the easy rhythm and the plot pace in this story.  There is a nice balance between the beginnings of a sweet romance and the tense ending to a dangerous relationship.  The regular cast of townsfolk are a great addition to each of the stories in the series.  I particularly like Mia, the owner of the Yellow Butterfly Café, where you can find a lot of action and all the good gossip in town.

A charming read and perfect escape!



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