Title: Carolina Dreaming
Series: Dare Island, #5
Author: Virginia Kantra
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When it comes to love, anything can happen on Dare Island—especially in this latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.
After escaping a disastrous marriage, bakery owner Jane Clark has convinced herself that she has everything she needs—her precious son, a thriving business, and a roof over her head. But the arrival of a handsome stranger on the island shows her exactly what she’s been missing…
The only home Gabe Murphy ever had was the Marine Corps. He’s working hard to rebuild his life. It will take a special place, and a special woman, to make him want to stay.
Now Gabe is determined to prove that he’s worthy of Jane’s trust—and her love. But when her past reappears, that trust will be tested, and Jane and Gabe will have to fight hard to hold onto their love and make their dreams a reality…
4 / 5 Stars
I always enjoy reading books from the Dare Island series. Each of the books have a fun romance, but also deal with deeper issues. I was excited to read Carolina Dreaming to see what Virginia Kantra had in store for Jane, who I briefly met in Carolina Blues.
Carolina Dreaming was a sweet second chance love story of two people trying to move on from their rough pasts. Jane was ready for her second chance at love and was willing to put herself out there. She had more strength than I thought she would. I loved how thoughtful and kind she was to everyone. Gabe was a guy down on his luck. He was finally getting a chance to be the man he wanted to be. I loved that he gave up his plan of waiting for the right moment to fall in love and just went for it. They were perfect for each other.
I really enjoyed reading Carolina Dreaming. Virginia Kantra could not have created a better match for Jane than Gabe. Their romance was cute and the emotional strength they gained from each other was special. I also loved the side romance between Jane’s crotchety single dad and his dispatcher. The only complaint I have about Carolina Dreaming was the way it ended. The story felt real up until it wrapped up quickly and too perfectly.
**I received an electronic copy of Carolina Dreaming from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.