Top positive review
“You Are Everything I Have Ever Wanted."
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2020
This series is one of my all-time favorites from this writer, and I love returning to Magnolia Sound time and again. This time, Scarlett’s brother, Dean, and her best friend, Courtney, get their HEA. Courtney has had a crush on Dean for years, but she's given up hope that anything will ever happen between them. Not only is he her best friend's brother, but he's six years older than her. When she loses her job as a dental technician and her parents turn their house into an Air BNB while they’re vacationing for months, Courtney realizes there’s nothing left for her in Magnolia Sound.
When Courtney has car trouble on her way out of town, Dean rides to her rescue and takes her car to the family's garage to determine the damage. This begins a scheme by a very pregnant, emotional Scarlett, enlisting the help of Dean and their father to keep Courtney in town so she'll be there for the birth of Mason and Scarlett’s child. With Courtney staying at Dean's house and them just beginning to explore their feelings, the tangled web gets even more deceptive.
I was a little surprised by Courtney's lack of maturity, and this is always an issue for me. I think this character trait can send the wrong message to easily influenced readers and it can come across as rewarding bad behavior. Courtney did eventually learn and grow, which helped to redeem that aspect of her personality. Otherwise, she is loyal, driven and industrious, which I admired a lot and thought complemented Dean really well. Dean had his shake-worthy moments, as well, and the things that were holding him back ended up being much ado about nothing, which I think is an excellent lesson – most of the things we worry about don’t happen, so why waste energy worrying?
While not my favorite couple from this series (Mason and Scarlett will always own my heart) I enjoyed traveling their road to forever with Courtney and Dean. The concept of family is a strong theme in all of these books, and this one highlights that family is not only blood, but also sisters of the heart. With a nice dose of humor, a bit of drama, a Hallmark rating, and plenty of hits to the heart, Courtney and Dean's story is a great addition to a phenomenal series.