All is well in Holly Woods.
My best friend’s love triangle is now a happy little circle. My sister-in-law just gave birth to my gorgeous new niece who is the world’s best cuddler, and Nonna’s not on my back every ten minutes about the fact we’re getting married in one month.
Until the mayor’s niece—our baker for the wedding—commits suicide. At least, that’s what the note says. My gut says we’re talking a different kind of ‘cide.’ My gut also says I should stay well away, and in the interest of Drake’s sanity, I plan to.
But when life throws you an unexpected curveball… Sometimes the best laid plans need tearing up.
Even if you don’t mean to do it.
Happily ever after…
If Holly Woods survives this.
(Twined Bond is the seventh and final book in the Holly Woods Files series, and picks up roughly)
“Tell that to my ovaries.”
“I think I did last night when I hugged Casey.” He winks at me.
I playfully shove his chest. “It made me think. That’s all.” I slide my hand down his stomach and, in a small voice, say, “I think you’d be a great dad.”
He smiles, pressing his lips to mine. “And you’ll be a great mom. When you figure out how to be an adult.”
I hit him again. Much harder this time.
He laughs, stepping back and moving to the coffee machine. “Stop getting your panties in a twist over every little detail, okay, babe? Take everything one step at a time and let me help you. Instead of freaking out in your office alone, call me.”
“What if you don’t answer?”
He shrugs, hitting the button on the machine. “Leave me ranty messages and I’ll come with cupcakes,” he says over the gurgling of the coffee spitting into his mug.
“And just like that, he makes me forget why I was ever worried about marrying him,” I tease.
He simply looks over his shoulder, smirks, and throws me a second wink.
And an idea flies through my head.
A crazy, stupid, ridiculous idea.
The moment the coffee machine stops, the kitchen fills with silence.
One that makes my idea buzz loudly.
“Mhmm?” He turns around, still stirring sugar and cream into his coffee.
“What if we did it? Got married. Eloped but kinda didn’t.”
“You’re confusing me now, sweetheart.”
I’m confusing myself. But still… “We’re registered, right? We both have each other’s rings in the safe in the closet. Why don’t we just…do it?”
He stills, but his blue eyes swing from his mug to meet my brown gaze. “Are you suggesting we blow off the ceremony, grab our rings, and go see Father Luiz right now?”
Life is changing faster than PI Noelle Bond and her detective fiancé Drake Nash could have imagined. There’s a wedding to plan, bachelorette parties to avoid, and one interfering Nonna to deal with, and that’s just the beginning. But plans were made to be broken, and if anyone is going to do the breaking, it’s Noelle. When the baker responsible for creating her and Drake’s cake for the big day is found dead, Noelle makes it her business to prove that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
Author Emma Hart has created a lively, vivacious group of characters that inhabit a little town called Holly Woods in the great state of Texas, that has stolen my heart. Reading TWINED BOND, the final book in this beloved series, is a bittersweet ending to what has become one of my favorite book worlds, and I have to admit to getting a little bit misty-eyed along the way.
Emma packs all of the action, the passion, the humor, into TWINED BOND that has made these books such a pleasure to read, and has given us one heck of a send-off. There is not one character, from Noelle’s crazy but lovable family, to Gio, the dirty-talking parrot, to all of the unique townfolk, that I do not love. The way that they interact, the madcap but loving family dynamic, the support of a small-town community, all make Holly Woods and its inhabitants a place that’s a joy to visit.
There is no shortage of action in this book, and I was flipping the pages as fast as I could read them. The only problem with this is that the story was over much more quickly than I was ready for, but I loved every edge-of-my-seat, whodunit minute of it.
TWINED BOND is another 5-star read for me, and I heartily recommend snapping up this entire series and doing some binge-reading. There are a lot of great books on our TBRs, but this is one set that you don’t want to miss. Thank you, Emma, for the sass, the snark, and all of the love. It’s been quite the ride, and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.