When workaholic Boston attorney Deirdra de Messiéres is passed over for a well-deserved promotion, she takes a two-month hiatus to show her boss just how much he needs her and heads home to Silver Island. But beyond seeing her sisters happy, home is not where Deirdra’s heart is. She has no interest in their family restaurant, the Bistro, or reliving hurtful childhood memories, and absolutely no interest in spending a single second with Josiah “Jagger” Jones, the Bistro’s too-laid-back musician and chef. Sure, the hippie is hot, but he drives her nuts. The guy lives in a van with his dog, and he can’t even commit to a solid work schedule. To make matters worse, he’s always around. She needs to get off the island, stat.
Jagger has overcome his own personal trials to place stock in life’s pleasures: family, friends, peace…and if he has his way, one positively beautiful, absolutely uptight attorney. Jagger knows he’s the perfect person to help Deirdra deal with her hurtful past and find her way back to being happy.
A chance encounter leads to deep conversation, and night after liberating night, Deirdra lets down her guard. But neither has plans to stay on Silver Island. Free-spirited Jagger has wanderlust, and Deirdra has a career to return to. They’re on different paths, and plans for a future together don’t stand a chance. But when has anything gone according to plan?
Titles in the Silver Harbor series include — Maybe We Will – Maybe We Should – Maybe We Won’t –
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Maybe We Won’t
Series: Silver Harbor #3
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 26, 2022
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Maybe We Won’t is the third title in the Silver Harbor series, and we finally get Deirdra and Jagger together at last… if, reluctantly on Deirdra’s side of this couple. It needs to be said, that you cannot go wrong with a Melissa Foster romance – you just can’t. The characters are real, the emotions high, the situations unique, and the storytelling is always compelling bringing the reader into a lovely, realistic world with all of its trauma, realities, and the spark, the chance at a love that will last a lifetime. You’ll find all of that and more in this one.
I’ve been waiting for Deirdra’s story. She’s the one who held the family together after her father’s death and her mother’s deep dive into alcoholism. She grew up far too fast with too many responsibilities for someone her age at the time. Yet, she survived, she did what needed to be done… and then she got out determined to never, ever return for any length of time. Her future was not on the island, her family is there yes, and her love for her sisters is real and deep, but the island is not a place she feels comfortable for the memories overcome any good time she had or might have in the future in her mind.
Now she’s back and regretting it almost immediately. She’s thrown down the gauntlet, she’s been overlooked for a promotion at work (because she doesn’t have the right plumbing for the all-boys club mentality) and had simply taken leave that is due her and left them in the lurch believing that her boss will finally see her value, her worth and offer her the promotion she rightly deserves. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look too good for Deirdra – work-wise or being back on the island again. She cannot get beyond the memories, the bad memories of tending to her mother in so many ways. That resentment always lies just beneath the surface of everything she sees or hears on the island.
And then there’s Jagger. The hippie chef/musician is always “there” with knowing eyes and a draw that she will not acknowledge nor understands, at all. What she cannot see is that behind the calm Jagger of today is a man who has faced his own demons and learned to get beyond their control. What she sees is only part of Jagger, but he’s determined to help Deirdra see life differently… and it’s going to be such a steamy, revealing adventure for them both.
I adored (and always have adored) Jagger. There is an age difference, yet he is what I’d call an old soul in a young body. He’s found his way to peace, unique to him but he’s found it. The sizzling chemistry between Jagger and Deirdra is off the charts. Watching them both change their minds, their attitudes, and discover that forever is possible when you find the right person was such a delightful experience. I admit, there were moments when I wanted to reach through the pages and give Deirdra a very stern talking to… but having her eyes open to a different perspective can only come from within – and I loved watching her grow into the woman she deserves to be.
I loved Maybe We Won’t so much. If you love a realistic romance with people who need to see the truth from a different angle, a tight community, a sizzling couple… and an adorable dog, then this one is perfect for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*
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