Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross (Honeymoon Harbor #2)
Released: November 1, 2018
When I first got back into reading romance, I read a lot of JoAnn Ross. I love her voice, and her stories were ones that I could count on. Not to say they were cookie cutter, but I trusted that no matter what, it would be a story full of love and even with whatever conflict that occurred, in the end we’d have that HEA.
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is a second chance romance. Aidan and Jolene actually fell in love in high school. They had their reasons for keeping their relationship secret. Aidan was a bit of a bad boy and after making a bad choice, he’s given the choice to go to jail or join the Marines. He chooses the Marines and he and Jolene are apart for years. Several years later, after they each experience life altering events they find themselves back in Honeymoon Harbor and it’s clear that they still have feelings for each other.
I really enjoyed how this story played out. Aidan and Jolene have not seen each other since Aidan enlisted right after graduation. But their relationship in high school ended badly and they have a lot to talk about. As soon as they begin spending time together, and talking about what happened, it’s clear to both of them that they still have feelings for each other and now as adults they are free to experience it however they so choose.
There is an odd element that I struggled with a bit. Aidan’s partner Bodhi who dies in a police ambush pops in and out as a ghost. Only Aidan can see and hear him, but they talk and have conversations like he’s not really dead. The why of it is made very clear in the last 20% but a ghost character was unexpected-not in a bad way…more in a weird way.
I liked the flow of this story through to about the 70%. Then it was like everything had to happen in that last 30% and it’s just thrown at the reader. Aidan and Jolene may have been in love in their teens and that love may have easily rekindled when they found themselves back home, but it’s still felt rushed and insta-love-ish. That on top of the secondary ghost story and this was just an okay read for me.