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Then Came You

Compass Cove series

by Jeannie Moon

Mia DeAngelis knew it was time to make a change. Wanting to provide a better life for herself and her ten-year-old nephew, Ben, she took a chance and moved to the small town of Compass Cove. Now, the college librarian is adapting to a new job, a new town, and living with her feisty seventy-eight-year-old grandmother. Mia is determined to make it all work, hoping the coastal hamlet gives both her and Ben the sense of community, family and belonging they both want so much.

Adam Miller, a retired NFL quarterback, has come back to Compass Cove to start over after an injury puts an end to his high-octane life. Settling into the small town routine proves to be a challenge, but his job coaching at Jennings College gives him a sense of purpose, while keeping him connected to the game he loves.

There couldn’t be two people more different, yet the minute they meet, friends and family have no doubt they belong together. Now if Mia and Adam can only get out or their own way and embrace a little home town magic, they can find the happy ever after they both crave…

Moon always does a fantastic job with her characters and the dynamics between them.  With Then Came You it isn’t just the love story between Mia and Adam that caught my attention but the connection to their friends and family.

Mia and Ben are so sweet together and you can just feel the love she has for him as a son.  She’s also got a wonderful grandmother who offers the support she needs to start building a great life in Compass Cover.  What she doesn’t have is a great mother.  And that negative relationship has done so much to color the way she sees herself that it causes a lot of the strain between her and Adam.

Not that Adam doesn’t screw up.  He’s never had to really work at his relationships before Mia and he stumbles pretty much right out of the starting block.  While he also has a wonderful, supportive family he has spent quite a few years being toadied to as a star athlete.  The kind of people he “dated” didn’t require a lot of care and it shows.  But luckily he’s got a mother and a grandmother who isn’t going to let him get away with it.  He eventually gets his head on straight and is able to win Mia back (although she doesn’t make it easy for him).

Then Came You delivers on the feels and growth and humor and charm!  Moon is a must read in contemporary romances for me.