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Review of Nevermore Bookstore

Colorful characters, a small-town setting, and a baffling mystery combine in a touching contemporary story that features two complex characters who may be made for each other.

The story is a little more intense than I would have thought based on the cover.  Cady is a young single woman suffering from painful ankylosing spondylitis, which she refers to as ‘Astrid’ in an effort to save time pronouncing the disease name.  She is resigned to, but not quite comfortable in her curvy body.  She does have some great friends, though, and they support her in every possible way. 

Fox is a mystery man.  The story slowly, very slowly, drips details about the man who calls the bookstore once a week to place an order.  He is a hermit, living in a cave, avoiding people at all costs.  But his weekly conversations with Cady are the highlight of the week for – both of them. 

When a break-in occurs in the bookstore that Cady owns and runs, things get interesting.  Cady’s friends get protective.  Fox gets even more protective.  Everyone else seems to have an agenda. 

This first book in a new series takes place in Townsend Harbor – not to be confused with Port Townsend, the setting of a previous series that featured both authors Kerrigan Bryne and Cynthia St. Aubin.   I am a big fan of Ms. Byrne, but her readers should know that this book is quite different from her typical historical or paranormal romances.  Different is good though!  

This is a great story that features two deeply flawed characters who must learn to accept who they are before than can commit to anything else.  The cheerful book seller is the absolute opposite of the grumpy recluse, but books draw them together.  The mystery surrounding the bookstore break in, nicely ties all the characters together and the final big reveal was as exciting an ending as any small town can handle.  Townsend Harbor will never be the same. 

Plus – there is a raven.  Named Edgar.  (Allan Poe)  Stuffed, but still a raven. 

Through Booksprout, the publisher provided a copy of this book. My review is my honest opinion.

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About Nevermore Bookstore by Kerrigan Byrne and Cynthia St. Aubin

Cadence “Cady” Bloomquist knows two things for sure: First, shelving books at her shop, Nevermore Bookstore, totally counts as cardio. Second, staying late every Thursday night to take a certain mysterious customer’s order is not the same as waiting by the phone for some man.

Until – the calls with the man who identifies himself only as “Fox” last for hours, and become the highlight of her week. Which leaves her to wonder, if his jagged velvet voice can kindle her fire over the phone, what sort of alchemy might it inspire if they met in person?

There’s nothing Roman Fawkes wants more than the brilliant, beautiful bookstore owner, but Roman Fawkes knows it can never happen. Secreted in his mountain hideaway high above sleepy little Townsend Harbor, his hermit’s existence shields him–and those around him–from the pain of his past.

Until – one of their weekly calls is interrupted by a break-in, and Fawkes is powerless to protect the woman who has become his one link to the world. Orchestrating a trap for the fool who dared harm her, Fawkes finds himself not just ensnared, but beguiled by her. Now so close to Cady, he discovers she’s fallen for “Fox”, and yet he’s unable to reveal her heart’s desire is closer than she thinks.

Can Fawkes resist the temptation to get between Cady’s covers, knowing they’ll never have a happily ever after?

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