Desert Isle Keeper
What if your insanely hot, super satisfying one-night-stand moved in next door to you? Let me add one more layer – what if your children became automatic best friends? This is exactly the situation that Elle and Sawyer find each other in in Serena Bell’s The Sleepover and is it delightful.
The plot of this one is largely laid out in my first two sentences, and the simplicity of the situation allows Ms. Bell to stretch and play with her characters in ways that put this book on my list of top reads of 2018. Sawyer is a widower, while Elle’s ex is still (annoyingly) in the picture. Both are trying to be the best parents they can be, while still acknowledging the chemistry between them. The boys are present, but not precocious and added a warmth of reality to the story that would have been lacking without them. I loved the exploration of family in this story – what is it, what does it mean, who gets to be in ours.
This stand-alone, alternating PoV tale is a must for any contemporary fans looking for grounded stories and earned HEAs.