THEN THERE WAS YOU is the first book in Miranda Liasson's
Falls small town series, a perfect book for romance
fans who enjoy small-town settings and the enemies-to-lovers
trope. There are also some PRIDE AND PREJUDICE parallels
drawn by the author. Police chief Colton Walker the first
part of THEN THERE WAS YOU trying to convince Dr. Sara
Langdon of the man he is rather than the foolish young man
he was. Miranda Liasson tells this love story from
alternating perspectives, and both main characters come off
as sympathetic and likable.
Sara and Colton had a rocky past during their high school
and college years together. From Sara's perspective, Colton
was a cocky, handsome jerk who made some remarks that Sara
found particularly hurtful. What Sara didn't know, is that
Colton was confused and deeply conflicted about his
attraction to Sara -- especially when she started dating his
BFF Tagg. Their history is further complicated because
Colton unintentionally played a part in Tagg running off
with another woman and jilting Sara. Thankfully, Sara comes
to the realization that Tagg's defection was one of the
best things to ever happen to her, but it makes things
awkward between her and Colton for a time.
I don't normally jump at enemies-to-lovers stories, but
Miranda Liasson delivers amazing characters you can care
about. Colton proves he has matured over the years. I like
how Colton takes ownership of his jerk-ish ways in his youth
and can deliver a heartfelt apology to Sara. Even though his
intention back then was not to hurt her, he has empathy and
isn't defensive. This new older and wiser (but still hot as
ever) Colton helps strip away any lingering animosity Sara
had towards him, leaving only the attraction remaining. In
addition to a dreamy hero, this is a story about a heroine
who gains a better sense of who she is and what she wants in
life. The chemistry between Sara and Colton is divine and
makes for some incredibly steamy and sensational scenes
THEN THERE WAS YOU is a delightful and sexy small-town tale
of love lost and found. The supporting characters, like
Sara's siblings and Colton's sister, are interesting and
add depth to this story. I look forward to Miranda
Liasson's next "Angel Falls" book.
Welcome to Angel Falls, a town so delightful even enemies
can't help falling in love!
Angel Falls is the last place Sara Langdon wants to be.
hometown may be charming, but it's also filled with
of her "wedding-that-never-was." Yet Sara's grandmother
needs her, and joining her dad at his medical practice
Sara time to figure out what she wants for her future. But
when her first patient turns out to be Colton Walker, the
man who sabotaged her wedding, Sara starts to wonder if
she'll ever be able to escape her past.
As police chief, Colton Walker is devoted to his small
and he's equally determined to avoid its newest resident.
and Sara have always gotten along like oil and water, and
since the bachelor party incident, he's her Enemy #1. But
after sharing an unexpected--and unexpectedly hot--kiss,
Colton starts to wonder if the woman he's always fighting
with is the one he should be fighting for.
"I didn't get you a pie. I made you a
Her eyes were dancing in the low light, and he could see the
golden highlights in her hair. Forget the damn pie. He
wanted to taste her.
Whoa there, Colton. Friends, friends, friends, he
repeated to himself. What had happened to all that animosity
between them? The desire to tease her, to make her blush? To
keep her at a distance, which was what all that bickering
had done. Now he found he did want to make her blush. But
for a completely different reason.
"Did you celebrate today?" she asked.
"Carmen made cupcakes. I'll have dinner with Cookie and
Hannah this weekend."
She patted the swing beside her and he took her up on the
invitation, staking out a spot on the other side of Rocket,
who sniffed him discerningly, then leaned back against Sara.
His uniform grazed her leg, and his gun banged awkwardly
against the swing.
"Better hurry and wish before it fizzles," she said,
gesturing to the candle, which really did seem to be on its
way to flickering out.
Oh, he wished all right, while she did a speedy rendition of
Happy Birthday. She couldn't hold a tune to save her life
but he loved it just the same. Then he blew out the candle.
As it sat there smoldering, a thin wisp of smoke curling
elegantly into the wooden slats of the porch ceiling. Sara
jumped up. "Do you like warm pie? I'm going to nuke some
pieces and put ice cream on them, is that okay? I've been
waiting for this all ni—"
Before he knew what he was doing he reached up for her arm,
tugged her back down beside him and planted his lips on
hers. Then he curled his hand around her neck and pulled her