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cover47266-mediumIt’s where everyone knows your business—and remembers everything you’d rather forget. But somehow the little Catskills town of Marsden draws the most unlikely people back home, turns their lives every which way, and helps them finally figure out what—and who—they want most…

As a celebrity photographer’s assistant, Celia Marshall is used to seeing all kinds of weird antics. But subbing as the model in irrepressible movie star Niall Crenshaw’s latest endorsement ad—while wearing his silk boxers, no less—is definitely not in her job description. Neither is falling for him, especially since he’s dating his latest co-star. To complicate things further, Celia is returning to Marsden to keep an eye on her eccentric grandmother—and Niall is driving her there, then staying to judge a talent contest…

Soon Celia is pulled in a dozen different directions, trying to get her grandmother to act her age, placating her frantic former boss who’s organizing the contest—and attempting to stay away from funny, sexy Niall. Celia’s always been level headed, but suddenly she’s wishing she could get reckless right along with him. Has the time come for sensible Celia to cut loose?…

Both Celia and Niall are great – they are funny together, very sweet and get each other like no one else does.  Throw in some small town zaniness and it creates that perfect storm of humor, heart and romance.

Niall has spent a lot of time perfecting his public face and his funny-man façade is easy to get lost in but he’s starting to forget a part of himself, a part that he finds again with Celia.  And he brings out a new side to Celia, supportive of her when she needs it and pushing her be true to herself.

I love the quirky small-town characters that Denker throws in to keep things interesting.  They are over-the-top but in a totally believable way and add the perfect touch of humor to support Niall’s comedic talents.  The characters are definitely what makes this book so great.

Between her charmer of a town and Niall and Celia’s relationship, Denker brings her readers laugh-out-loud moments mixed with the heart readers need to keep coming back again and again.  She delivers an engaging and clever romance that is definitely addictive.

(Picture This is the second book in Denker’s Marsden series and this is one of those times where I felt like maybe I was missing a little something in not having read the first one (Down on Love).  I still loved the story and it can stand on its own, but it seemed like there were nuances that I didn’t get.  I’ve read By Design, another of Denker’s stories which I really enjoyed, so her books are definitely going to be heading into my TBR pile automatically from here on out.)

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