Title: Love Built to Last

Author: Lisa Ricard Claro

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

I don’t like it when book blurbs or reviews compare books to others. You know, fans of blah, blah will like this. It tends to have the opposite effect on me. But … that’s exactly what I’m going to do now. Forgive me?!

Love Built to Last reminded me of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and Emily March’s Eternity Springs series. For some friends reading this review, that will be saying a lot. I really, really love those series by Carr and March. Small town settings, boy meets girl and love follows. Sweet, sweet romances. Claro’s book easily ranks right up there next to Carr and March in my opinion.

Love Built to Last is the story of Maddie and Caleb. Maddie Kinkaid can’t let go of her late husband, Jack. She believes he gives her advice on everything. When she finds Caleb Walker’s business card on Jack’s desk, she’s convinced that he’s the guy to remodel her kitchen. Caleb can’t decide if Maggie is worth the risk. He’s a single father trying to protect his 5-year-old son. But sparks ignite between Maggie and Caleb. When Jack goes silent, Maggie is consumed with guilt. Will Maggie and Caleb find their happily-ever-after? The only way you’ll find out is to read this book because I’m not giving anything away.

What made me like this new (to me) series a bit more is the build-up of the relationship between Maddie and Caleb. I got to know each character individually and then together. It wasn’t rushed. I prefer a slow and steady build up rather than the characters running straight to bed together. I even feel like I got to know each supporting character as well.

I highly recommend you go and grab your copy of this book immediately. I hope you’ll read it and be as eager as me to dive into the next book. That’s right, there’s more! Book 2, Love to Believe is available now. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series. If you’re not a fan of reading a series, you can read this book as a stand-alone. But I don’t think you’re going to want to stop. I think you’ll be as eager as me to see who could fall in love next.

I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

I’ll have a review of book 2 next week. Until then …

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