ARC Review: Warm Nights in Magnolia Bay by Babette de Jongh

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for letting me read Warm Nights in Magnolia Bay early! I think this was one of those books that I requested without really reading the summary and while it wasn’t amazing, amazing, it was a solid romance read that had good characters and a pretty interesting premise with enough world building and introduction of characters for next books for it to be a decent series starter.

Warm Nights in Magnolia Bay 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Abby Curtis has made such a mess of her life that Rock Bottom is an ambitious climb. With nowhere else to go, she lands on her Aunt Reva’s doorstep at Buckaroo Barn, home to a motley assortment of rescue animals. Reva, a telepathic animal communicator, gives Abby time to reinvent herself by leaving Abby in charge of the farm while she’s away. Abby immerses herself in caring for the animals and running educational programs to teach kids to appreciate and relate to them. Just when Abby is finally starting to feel like herself again, a sexy new neighbor moves in next door, determined to find some peace and quiet, and challenging Abby in ways she never expected. Can she convince her stubborn new neighbor to give the noisy petting zoo next door…and her…a chance?

You’ll fall in love right along with Abby as animals and humans alike find unexpected ways to connect, nurture each other, and thrive.

Let’s start out by talking about the parts that weren’t really my favorite- I didn’t like how Wolf came in and had his own point of view/chapters. That seemed really weird and wasn’t my cup of tea. I also was not the biggest fan of how it didn’t really seem like Quinn knew anything about Abby really but still was completely in love with her- like she didn’t tell him about how/why she was so guarded in relationships and why she tried to keep so much distance between herself and Sean and why she was working for her Aunt Reva in the first place. But it seemed as if Abby knew more about Quinn for sure- I’m not sure if that’s just because she asked more questions or if it was easier for her to get Quinn to open up, but their relationship seemed a little shallow, especially for where it ended up going. I really liked the idea of the Bayside Barn and Reva being able to telepathically communicate with the animals. I also loved how much the community rallied around the Bayside Barn in general. I also liked Quinn’s relationship with his son- it seemed like a really healthy post-divorce relationship (whenever Sean actually showed up) and you could tell that Quinn really cared about him. Overall, this was a cute book, but it wasn’t my favorite, so definitely a fun, quick read, but don’t go into it expecting anything earth shattering. Warm Nights in Magnolia Bay comes out on March 30, so be sure to check it out then!

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