Book Review: Almost a Bride by Rula Sinara

Posted March 28, 2020 by meezcarrie in contemporary, romance, Rula Sinara / 0 Comments

Turtleback Beach #1

GENRE: Contemporary “Clean” Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: June 4, 2019
PAGES: 384

Can he love her…

And keep her safe?

No one in Turtleback Beach knows that veterinarian Grayson Zale is in the witness protection program—not even the woman who left him at the altar. When a joint inheritance brings Mandi Rivers back to their small seaside town, Gray can’t deny that their connection is as strong as ever. But his mysterious past remains between them; can he reveal the truth without endangering Mandi—and their future?

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“…he held her face in his hands, then kissed her like there was no tomorrow, but with the promise of forever.”

I love Rula Sinara’s books so I’ve been excited about her new Turtleback Beach series since I first heard about it. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to read book 1 until now, but I can assure you it was well worth the wait!

Second chance romances always have a swoonilicious amount of barely-suppressed feelings and emotional-tension-heavy sparks, and Almost a Bride is no exception. Gray and Mandi were nearly married until she grew fed up with the way he held back about his past (a hazard of his being in witness protection, which he also can’t tell her about). I rooted for Gray from the beginning – he’s a great character, with just enough brooding to make him interesting but a tender side especially where animals and Mandi are concerned. Mandi is also very likable but has some baggage to deal with and she really won’t be able to move on until Gray opens up to her … which of course he can’t do yet.

The setting of Turtleback Beach is endearing and quaint, with a vivid mix of characters and picturesque beaches, but it’s the animals in Almost a Bride who steal the show! Between Gray’s loyal rescue dog and the kittens that Mandi rescues, there are plenty of opportunities for cuteness in that department. And watching Gray and Mandi interact with the pets is sure to put a smile on your face. Not to mention the nests of turtles that Gray watches over.

Bottom Line: Almost a Bride is sweet, swoony, and touching. The second chance at love for Gray and Mandi is not easily won, but readers will be cheering for them every step of the way. And while Mandi’s grandmother may no longer be alive, she’s still very much a part of the story – in some unique ways that added more layers and dimension to the plot. A delicious romance with a dash of suspense – I’m already looking forward to my next visit to Turtleback Beach!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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National and USA Today Bestselling author Rula Sinara lives in rural Virginia with her family and crazy but endearing pets. She loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard, planting trees, raising backyard chickens and drinking more coffee than she’ll ever admit to. Rula’s writing has earned her a National Readers Choice Award and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, among other honors. You can discover more about Rula at her blog A Writer’s Rush, on Twitter, on Facebook as RulaSinaraAuthor or on her website, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.

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