Charming Hannah by Kristen Proby
Series: The Big Sky Series #1
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
From New York Times Bestselling author, Kristen Proby, comes the first in an all-new trilogy in her beloved Big Sky Series!
Hannah Malone loves her new town. Despite living in Cunningham Falls for five years, she’s still considered a “move in” by most of the locals, and that doesn’t bother her in the least. She’s the “new girl”, and she hasn’t regretted it for one day. This town is her sanctuary. Her home. The one place she finally fits in and feels safe after a lifetime of being different and running from the memories and a past so far away it can’t haunt her anymore.
As the newly appointed police chief, Brad Hull has the responsibility to keep his citizens safe and to maintain order. His roots in this town are deep—five generations deep, to be exact. Cunningham Falls, Montana is his town, and being a cop and protecting what’s his is his passion. Everything’s running like clockwork until a sassy redheaded doctor moves in and disrupts the order—and Brad’s focus.
She’s not just beautiful, funny, and strong. Hannah’s everything he’s been looking for in a woman. The chemistry is undeniable, and the heat in the bedroom is off the charts. Brad knew the minute he met Hannah that she was the one for him. He’s tenacious in his pursuit of her. But when the past catches up with Hannah, will Brad be able to protect her and their hearts?
4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
Brad and Hannah, what an intriguing and complex pair. Charming Hannah is a first chance romance with a second chance feel to it. Brad has known Hannah since she moved to Cunningham Falls Montana five years or so ago and tried once before to get closer to her. Fast forward three years and that’s when things get really interesting for the Chief of Police. Hannah came to town to join the OB-GYN practice, where her best friend worked.
“I love you.” He grips my shoulders and pulls me closer to him. “I don’t want to live without you. I can’t focus on anything but you, Hannah. When I’m not with you, I’m thinking about you.”
Like many of my most enjoyable reads of late, this book encompasses the true meaning of family. Not necessarily who you’re related to by blood, but who you choose as family. I couldn’t write a review about this book and not mention Sadie, Brad’s white Labrador. Sadie is an ex police dog who to me is the starring role in this book. Sadie is a key character to me in this book. She supports both Brad and Hannah. And in my opinion, brings them closer together.
“Are you real?”
“I mean, you have the sweetest dog ever, you bring me coffee, and have you seen you?”
Brad and Hannah both suffer from phobias and or irrational fears. Their chosen professions do not help with these hang-ups. Where most people may stare at them aghast at their issues, they support one another and nurture the positivity of who they really are. The balance in this being a double point of view means that the reader gets to see into the minds of both main characters.
“I just want you,” I whisper. “Because I love you too. I’ve wanted to say it for a while, but I thought it might be too soon.”
“If it’s how you feel, it’s not too soon.”
I smile and lift up to kiss him. “You’re not so bad with words, you know.”
Charming Hannah is set in the world of this author’s Big Sky series, but this book is not integral to the entire series and can be read on its own. Though I will mention that this is the first in a new trilogy, and I can clearly guess who the other two books will be taking to task. Lucky people. Several parts this book were a little slow for me; however, in my opinion this is at its foundation a good old fashioned slow burn romance, I was able to overlook the slowness and continued reading. This book reels you in like a baited hook to a fish.
‘She’s the sweetest thing I’ve seen, and her reaction to me is exactly what I imagined in my dreams.’
Brad comes from a good family and Hannah does not. This puts into play one of my most intriguing scenarios: family disorders and mental illness and the damage it causes to those dealing with it on a daily basis. To say more would be to spoil a really emotionally charged and at times calamitous read. This book balances hard issues with a good support network. Friends and or family play a huge factor for both characters. I’ve been left asking myself one question though; how is it that I’ve never read this author before?
Someone is ringing my fucking doorbell. I was at the hospital until the wee hours, I was finally in a deep, lovely sleep, and someone is ringing the bell.
All I know for sure is, this had better not be the damn door-to-door people trying to sell me a vacuum. Or a magazine. Or Jesus.
I wrap my robe around me, stumbling toward the door. I pull it open and am surprised to find an excited Sadie and a ridiculously sexy Brad standing at my door.
“Is that coffee?” I ask.
“For you,” he confirms and holds it out to me.
“Come to mama,” I mutter and take it from his hand, taking a grateful sip. Sadie brushes past my leg, into the house, and curls up on my couch.
“She’s not supposed to be on the furniture,” Brad says.
“My house, my rules,” I reply and take another sip of the one thing in this world I’m addicted to, and give him a once over from head to toe. “You look like you got about as much sleep as I did.”
“Rough night?” he asks without confirming or denying.
“Babies,” I reply with a shrug. “You?”
He just shrugs. “Are you going to ask me in?”
“Sure.” I back up and gesture him into the room. “Sorry, I was sleeping pretty good. My energy level is about equal to a sloth on Xanax.”
“I can leave and let you go back to bed.”
His eyes roam up and down my body, reminding me that I’m just in a robe and nothing else. His green eyes are hot, and every muscle in his body is tight.
Even sleep deprived, I can tell when a man is in the mood.
“You’ve brought me coffee. I’ll never kick you out when you’ve done that.”
“I’ll remember that,” he says with a chuckle.
“Besides, I have plenty of room.” I turn and walk into my bedroom, glancing behind me to see that he’s following me. He makes a hand gesture at Sadie, which I assume means stay. “We can take a nap,” I suggest.
His lips twitch, but he doesn’t say anything when he joins me next to the bed. He takes my coffee and sets both of our cups on the bedside table.
“Is that what you want, Hannah?” he murmurs and skims his fingertips down my arms.