I have been so excited to read this one, all the way back a couple months ago when Lucinda Whitney sent out a teaser in her newsletter. I read it and when I came to the end of the teaser I couldn't help but think how I was already in love with Celeste and Filipe. I probably don't need to say how excited I was when I finally was able to open a copy and read it. I've actually been waiting for Filipe's story much longer than the last couple months. He is part of the wonderful Romano family that are featured in this series. If you haven't read any of them, can I just very kindly (and maybe a bit emphatically) nudge you to do so. You can read them as stand alone novels but if you have the time I would highly recommend starting at the beginning. They continue to get better and better. The writing in each book is done very well but I think part of the getting better for me is that I have become more invested in this family as I have come to know them individually and as a whole. I love their traditions and their love and care for each other. I love stories that showcase families, hence my love for this series. I don't know if I could for sure tell you which book is my favorite but this one is definitely up there. They're all so good and unique for the different characters that I have fallen in love with all of them.
I loved the second chance trope for this story. Especially when Celeste and Filipe finally realize who each other are. Be still my heart (it might have pitter patted a few times throughout the book). Filipe Romano is, in my opinion, the epitome of a perfect gentleman. If you've read the book in this series, Love Me At Sunset, then you've met Filipe and have a little bit of knowledge of his story and character. If you haven't you're definitely in for a treat. Anytime he thought of Celeste, he was always searching for ways to care for her, to show her that she mattered to him, even if she would only allow friendship between them.
I just loved the tender friendship and romance between Celeste and Filipe. They compliment each other as characters. Add into that relationship her son, Lucas, and the dynamics of their relationship were even better. And can I just add in my thoughts about that cover? It is absolutely stunning! It fits the title and a certain scene so perfectly! I love it! If I were to nominate a book by its cover alone, this one would win hands down for me!
I haven't really mentioned half the things I wanted to in this review but I think I've done a good job of conveying my love for this book. This one is one I highly recommend. The setting in Portugal, at an aquarium added such a fun dynamic to the story. There are plenty of great surprises throughout the book. There's humor and tender moments. Heartache and sweet moments of healing. Definitely plenty of swoony moments as well. Grab a copy and dive in!
Content: Clean. Sweet and swoony kisses but nothing further.
She’s a single mom holding on to her job. He’s a career man focused on his business. Can they put the past behind them in order to build a future together?
When Filipe Romano arrives at the beach resort, his newest acquisition, he plans to complete renovations quickly before moving on to his next property. But a stumbling block arises when he discovers Celeste, the sister of his deceased best friend, is an employee at the resort’s aquarium, which he intends to sell. To complicate matters more, he has unresolved feelings for Celeste and blames himself for the accident that killed her brother.
Celeste Ferreira, a stressed single mom, needs a miracle. Without any means to start over, she clings to the job she loves as aquarist at the SoliMar Aquarium. After she discovers the new owner is Filipe, an old family friend, their history makes it hard for Celeste to trust him, especially with her position in peril.
Though closing down the aquarium makes good financial sense, Filipe finds himself reluctant to disappoint Celeste and decides to help her with the repairs for the upcoming inspection. But is working side by side enough to forget the past and build a new future, or is the pain between them too deep to move on?
The Romano Family series follows the stories of the Romano cousins of northern Portugal as they find love and their Happily-Ever-Afters. Each book may be read as a stand-alone.
Books in the Romano Family series:
- Book 1- Hold Me At Twilight
- Book 2- Meet Me At Sunrise
- Book 3- Love Me At Sunset
- Book 4- Keep Me At Christmas
- Book 5- Kiss Me At Midnight
- Book 6- Marry Me At Dawn