The Fireside Inn

Lily Everett
The Fireside Inn
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St. Martin's Press
Release Date
January 2014
Book 1 of Billionaire Bachelors
Contemporary Romance

They're gorgeous, they're rich, they're single, and they're determined to stay that way…until they take a trip to Sanctuary Island. Don't miss this unforgettable new novella trilogy about three billionaire bachelors who are about to discover that sometimes you have to let go of the life you planned in order to embrace the life of your dreams.

In the first novella, The Fireside Inn, Lord Leo Stratham seems to have it all. But when he meets Sanctuary Island's quirky young librarian, he's intrigued. Serena is unlike anyone he's ever met before, and he's determined to get to know her a whole lot better. Yet despite the simmering attraction between them, she isn't interested in putting up with a pampered playboy...unless he can convince her to take a chance on him.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Feb 01, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
Lily Everett wrote a charming romance between a playboy Brit and a sheltered librarian at Sanctuary Island.

Leo was tasked by his friend, Miles Harrington, who was getting married, to prepare a reading for the ceremony. Though he dreaded it, he agreed. At the island, he chanced upon the librarian, Serena Lightfoot, and "asked" for her help. That he was attracted to her was convenient, but he was harboring a secret that could destroy whatever they have found together.

Leo and Serena are both flawed and interesting characters. Though I've seen Leo's secret done in a few other books, Ms. Everett handled it well, especially how she used it to escalate tension and expose the characters' deepest wounds and their resulting reactions. The piece chosen by Leo to be read during the ceremony was excellent and inspired.

THE FIRESIDE INN is a great first novella featuring Miles's young billionaire friends. I can't wait to read Cooper's and Zane's stories.
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Book Review by SusanRenee (reviewer)
Jan 24, 2014
123 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous, rich and noble Lord Leo Strathairn seems to have it all. He is a charming man who is always ready with a quote, so it seems like a no-brainer for his friend Miles Harrington (hero of ISLAND ROAD) to ask Leo to select a reading for his wedding. The only problem is that Leo can't.

Luckily for him, Sanctuary Island is the home of quirky head librarian Serena Lightfoot. She is unique, different from any other woman of this acquaintance. As she helps him find the perfect romantic piece to read at Miles's wedding, their attraction grows, but Leo's secret and fears may end their burgeoning romance before it begins.

The first in the Billionaire Bachelors trilogy, THE FIRESIDE INN is an emotional start to her second Sanctuary Island novella series.

Lily Everett is the new pseudonym for Louisa Edwards, an author whom I loved and glad to see back writing. Everett's characters always feel real. Leo's pain and embarrassment concerning his situation is stark contrasting with the happier emotions of new love thus making both the highs and lows much more memorable. There are times you just want to hug Leo and tell him everything will work out in the end.

Unfortunately, the novella does have its flaws. Primarily THE FIRESIDE INN's problem concerns time. These two characters must fall in love in a few weeks. With such a short amount of pages, Everett starts the story off and then skips a couple of weeks in the relationship for the finale. This makes the usual buildup feel abridged rather than satisfying.

THE FIRESIDE INN is a standard introductory read, introducing the premise of the trilogy. With interesting characters, the novella does hold up despite its flaws. It is good to see Louisa Edwards writing again albeit with a different pen name, but it really just makes me miss her sexy chef books.
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