Review: "Room for You" by Beth Ehemann (Cranberry Inn #1)

It's been four years since Kacie Jensen and her twin daughters were abandoned by the one man who was supposed to be there for them, leaving them with nothing more than a note written on the back of a receipt and a hundred dollars. Now twenty-four, Kacie is working to get her nursing degree and lives with her mother who owns and manages the Cranberry Inn in Minnesota. Kacie's thankful for her mom's support and wants to focus on school, helping out in the inn, and taking care of her girls. She may not be dating anyone but the next relationship she enters into has to be with a man who meets certain qualifications: responsible, stable, grounded, and a good role model for the twins. Then she meets Brody.

At twenty-seven years old, Brody Murphy knows he's at the top of his game. He's considered the best goalie in the NHL and loves playing for the Minnesota Wild, the professional hockey team of his home state. His family is picture-perfect and he's got a good set of loyal though somewhat rowdy of friends by his side. When he's forced to seek shelter at the Cranberry Inn after getting caught in a terrible storm, Brody immediately notices the beautiful young woman who opens the door for him. In a matter of days, he's smitten by her and her daughters and would love nothing more than to convince her to let go of her preconceived notions of a professional athlete like him and take a chance on whatever it is he has to offer. 

I've had the Cranberry Inn series sitting in my tablet ever since I bought all three books on Kobo during my ninety-nine-cent shopping binge late last year (that was extended into this maybe I should stop calling it a "binge"?). Sadly, I haven't gotten around to reading much of anything I bought but when the opportunity to join the blog tour to showcase the new covers for the books was presented to me, I took it as a sign to get off my butt and crack open each book! And when I started the first book past midnight the other night, I just kept going, reading one after the other, and finished all three in one sitting into the wee hours of the morning. That's how good this series was and I'm now very smitten with Brody and Kacie.

This book had that perfect balance of light and heavy moments and it was a fun and absorbing read from beginning 'til the end. It falls somewhere between being the new adult (NA) and adult contemporary romance genres and I feel that the story will appeal to a wide array of romance readers, assuming, of course, that there are countless others who, like me, were clueless for a year and a half (the book was originally released in October 2013) and are only realizing the error of their ways now. With an entertaining mix of popular themes that include sports and family, this is the kind of book that you can snuggle with on a cold day or night, burrowing under the covers, and feel warm and giddy all throughout.

The romance between Brody and Kacie was really squee-worthy and I caught myself grinning at Brody's persistence and rooting the guy on. If it were possible, I would have given Kacie a good shake a few times and asked what the heck was wrong with her. There were a lot of sweet moments but there were also moments where my heart broke for both of them, because Brody was trying his best to show Kacie he was worth the risk and Kacie was so scarred and jaded from her previous relationship that she let her past cloud her judgment one time too many. The supporting cast of characters were also memorable, especially Viper, one of Brody's closest friends and his teammate, and Piper and Lucy, Kacie's precocious daughters.

Now, I'm sure those who have read my book blog are aware of how much cliffhangers frustrate the heck out of me. They're evil, I tell you! And yes, this book does end on a cliffhanger, but I already had all three books available to me because all three were among my very first purchases ever on Kobo in late October 2014. So, yes, my frustration was extremely short-lived because I did start the second book right after finishing this first one. I know I'm jumping on the bandwagon really late but I can't help but add Room for You to my list of 2015 favorites and I'm highly recommending it to all my fellow bookaholics. Five stars! ♥

Date Read: 06 May 2015

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