What first caught my attention about Rendezvous at Point Reyes by Elisabeth Barrett was its awful cover. All I could see was that there was some random couple riding on a cloud. The thumbnail looked extremely busy and I had to see what it looked like in its full form. It was still very busy, but once on the page, I had to read the description. I’m glad I did.
Stella Flynn is getting over divorcing her cheating ex-husband and is nowhere near ready to be surrounded by all the lovey-dovey couples celebrating Valentine’s Day. So she decides to run away from it all. Jason Roberts has been friends with Stella’s family for years and has been in love with Stella for almost as long, but he’s never acted on his feelings because he knew that her brother wouldn’t approve. When Stella shows up in Point Reyes, he invites her to stay with him, knowing it would kill him to be that close to her and not touch her.
I loved this book and it was exactly what I needed to read after DNF’ing Jingle Bell Harbor yesterday morning. It was short (only about 111 pages), sweet, and oh so hot. About halfway through the book, I started to think of it as Fun Sized, like the candy bars that they try to sell us as being just as good as the full size candy on Halloween. The only difference between this book and that candy is that it actually was just as good as a full sized book. There were definitely parts, especially those about Jason’s family situation, that would have benefitted from being fleshed out into a 100,000 word book, but the romance progressed nicely in this short form.
What I liked most about this book was how much Stella and Jason loved each other from the very beginning. While Jason knew how he felt about her, Stella just figured that any feelings she had for him were based on their past friendship. It took getting divorced for her to realize that she’d loved him all along too. Of course, that didn’t mean she wasn’t afraid of those feelings. She thought it would be “just sex.” Usually, that drives me crazy because it is never just sex (especially when it is someone who you’ve known your whole life), but here I didn’t have that issue because it didn’t take Stella all that long to realize that it was much more. Sure, she ran when she more was offered to her, but seeing as everything happened so quickly it makes sense that she’d freak.
P.S. Rendezvous at Point Reyes is the third book in the West Coast Holiday Series, but it is a standalone book and does not need to be read as a part of the series.
Rendezvous as Point Reyes is currently available for Pre-Order and will be released on October 20th.