This is an advance review. The book releases December 25th!
It’s no secret that I adore Sharla Lovelace’s Charmed in Texas series. They are like the best parts of rom-coms and Hallmark movies mixed with some love scene that will leave you fanning yourself.
The instant Sharla announced in her Facebook group, The Lovely Lattes, that A Charm Like You was available on Netgalley.com, I was clicking “request” as fast my hand could move! Just like the other books in the series,* Sharla never disappoints me.
*I’ll add a list of previous reviews to the bottom the post.
Even in a quirky small town like Charmed, Texas, there’s always room for love to take you by surprise . . .
Gabi Graham might have hit the proverbial rock in rock-bottom. Hitting the single scene after ten years is hard enough. Finding out that her cheating ex-husband and his new barely-legal fiancée are expecting—that’s enough to drive Gabi over the edge and into a neighboring town’s divorce support group. It’s not really her thing to listen to anonymous strangers bash their exes, but at least there are cookies. And a sexy fellow newcomer who ignites her long-dormant libido. Spending a few lustful, post-meeting moments in Hot Guy’s truck can’t hurt. Unless, of course, Hot Guy turns out to be Thatcher Roman—her best friend’s brother and Gabi’s silent business partner.
Thatcher had no idea that the wildflower farm owner he’s been doing business with over email is the nameless woman who’s barreled into his life and his fantasies. He and Gabi have a new venture to run, a sister and best friend in the middle, and enough sparks between them to light up the entire town of Charmed. Given her past, it’s no wonder smart, gorgeous Gabi has trust issues. But maybe what they’ve found is more than just coincidence and chemistry. It might even be the beginning of one sweet, amazing second chance . . .
Sharla's characters are always authentic and realistic. They are people you know, love, and want to laugh over drinks with.
It did take a few chapters for me to settle into Gabi as a character, maybe because she reminded me so much of someone I know personally. Some of her decisions had me shaking my head (just like with my real life friend.)
I would happily recommend A Charm Like You to my romance-reading friends.
My only caveat would be that it is the fifth book in the series. While I thoroughly enjoyed all the references to the previous books and cameos from my past favorite characters, I'm not sure someone new to the series would fully enjoy the story without the backstory.
If you want to start from the beginning, here are my previous reviews: