Falling for the Fling (A small town second chance romance)

· Bliss River Book 1 · Self Taught Ninja Inc.
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The day of my best friend’s wedding, I’m the one rocking the strapless red taffeta and chef’s apron ensemble, running on zero sleep. Being both the event caterer and a bridesmaid is crazy, I know. But, I’m a pro. This is my seventh wedding after all—as bridesmaid, that is. Pretty sure that’s some kind of town record.

Still, no amount of my trademark meticulous planning could’ve possibly prepared me to see him again. The prodigal Doctor Dreamy himself, Mason Stewart. My first (and only) love who disappeared without a word literally the day after proposing to me.

What the heck is he doing back in Bliss River? And how is it at all fair that he looks this good? Also, holy crap, why is he coming this way?

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There she is. Somehow even more beautiful than I remember. This overdue apology is one I’ve rehearsed since the day I left, pulverized by my own family, positive I'd never be good enough for the only girl I've ever loved. Took a lot of both time and therapy, but I finally managed to fix what they broke. And now I’m here to repair what I broke.

I know Lark. She’ll see this second chance I’m hoping for as a no-strings fling so we can each get closure and move on. Right. Like it’s just that easy. You don’t move on from a woman like Lark. And I’m pretty sure a clothing-optional arrangement will make that feat infinitely more impossible.

Still, it’s a start—a way for Lark to see the man I’ve become. A man who isn’t looking for a fling, but rather, matching rings, kids, the whole nine yards.

Previously titled Dating Dr. Dreamy. Same swoony, feel-good story, just with a fresh title and cover makeover.

The Bliss River Series

- Falling for the Fling (Lark & Mason)

- Falling for the Ex (Aria & Nash)

- Falling for the Bad Boy (Melody & Nick)

60 reviews
Sofia Almiroudis
August 11, 2020
Dating Dr. Dreamy is one of those second chance romances that you don't want to miss out on. Four years ago Mason made the biggest mistake of his life. He left behind the love of his life, Lark. When he left, he left a heart broken Lark who took a long time to become the woman she is today. Mason didn't know any better, thinking that what he was doing was best for Lark. It took Mason four years of therapy and soul searching to realize that he was worth Lark's love and being the man in her life. You see, growing up in a household where no one showed him that he was loved and special made him believe that he wasn't worthy. Even though Mason had the looks, the brains and the sweet personality he just didn't believe when it came down to it that he was enough for Lark. His family upbringing made him believe that. Four years....four years and Mason finally was ready to come back to Lark and prove to her that he was worthy and that the love they shared was special. But would Lark welcome him back? In those four years that Mason had left Lark, she grew into a strong independent woman. Starting her own catering business and being successful at it was her life. She was finally in a place where she felt like herself again. Although she was in a happy place work wise, in the back of her mind, thoughts of Mason did appear here and there. Especially on the day of her best friends wedding. As if her thoughts had the power to make Mason appear, boom there in the flesh stood Mason. Lark's reaction was not what Mason was expecting as he found himself running after her. Could he make her understand why he did he what he did? Would she even give him that second chance? Seven days...that is what he asked for and what she agreed on. Could he make her fall in love with him again in seven days? Dating Mr. Dreamy was phenomenal. I couldn't put it down, engulfing it up in one day. Mason and Lark's story pulled at my heart strings. Being a BIG FAN of second chance romances, Lili Valente gets a 5+. As always Lili Valente did not disappoint.
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Tami T.
August 11, 2020
Five years ago, Mason made the biggest mistake of his life when he left home without saying goodbye to the woman he loved. But after working hard to overcome the struggles with his family and get through medical school, he has returned home in hopes of making things right. When he unexpectedly shows up at the wedding Lark is catering, her anger flares and her first instinct is to run. But Mason is determined to win back her heart. What he doesn’t know is that despite the hurt he caused, Lark’s heart has always belonged to Mason. Though she reluctantly agrees to give him a second chance, as they begin spending time together, the connection they shared in the past begins to rekindle the flames between them. But will Lark learn to forgive the mistake he made and find her way back to trusting Mason again? Lili Valente has been on my must read list for many years, so I honestly never bother with reading the synopsis of her new releases. I just dive right in. And she certainly doesn’t disappoint with Dating Dr. Dreamy. I really enjoyed the connection between Lark and Mason and the way they still really know each other despite the passage of time. I loved the support characters as well and could feel more stories on the horizon for the March sisters. Five stars for this sweet Bliss River romance.
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Nicole's Book Musings
August 22, 2020
I'm a sucker for a good second chance romance. Boy is Mason and Lark's story going to hit you right in the heart. This book is jam packed with the heart and feels. I just gobbled this book right up and couldn't put it down. I loved watching Lark and Mason reconnect. You can tell their feelings are as strong as ever, but broken trust is a hard thing to forgive easily. Man, did Mason's back story break my heart and then to see all the work he has done to be a better man is inspiring. I also enjoyed Lark's relationship with her sisters. There is an interesting dynamic and this book has me eagerly awaiting their stories especially Aria. This is a good romance book that gives you everything you would want.
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About the author

Author of over forty novels, USA Today Bestseller Lili Valente writes everything from steamy suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedies. A die-hard romantic, she can't resist a story where love wins big. Because love should always win. She lives in Vermont with her two big-hearted boy children and a dog named Pippa Jane.

Lili also writes naughty books as L. Valente. Learn more at www.lilivalente.com

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