Release Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
In the small waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, Alabama, people may forgive, but they never forget—especially when it comes to scandalous reputations, juicy gossip, and a sexy new flame.
Former wild child Helena Wheeler was happy to leave behind her hometown—and her sordid past—for Atlanta twelve years ago. But when her grandmother suffers an injury, Helena has no choice but to return, even if it means facing down all the people who have shunned her.
Ryan Tanner went from being a football legend in high school to Magnolia Beach’s young, hot bachelor mayor. As a teenager, he never wanted anything to do with a girl like Helena. But when she hires Ryan to do some construction in her grandmother’s house, he finds that she’s grown up into a different person—one he quite likes.
For Helena, confronting her past has its share of surprises—and falling for the resident golden boy was definitely not on her to-do list. But will her reformed ways be enough to get her back in the town’s good graces, or will her reputation keep Helena and Ryan apart for good?
Oi! SOMETHING TO PROVE from Kimberly Lang's new series, Magnolia Beach, is a delightful and perfect Summer romance read! I love everthing about this novel from the small town setting, down to the romance. The blurb hints at somewhat of a serious plot, but it's really light, funny, and romantic. Helena came home to tend to her grandmother and her homecoming set off Magnolia Beach's rumor mill, not everyone is happy to see Helena. But with the bad comes some good. Friendships were renewed and Helena found herself a beau in the end.
Let me start with the characters. Helena is a great lead to this story. She's very spunky, super independent, witty, while remaining compassionate and kind hearted despite the town painting her as this social pariah. Helena might've been infamous back in high school, definitely an outsider, but I think I would want to be friends with her back then. Her feats were legendary which explains why a lot of the townsfolk are a bit wary of her homecoming. As for Ryan, he and Helena were HS batchmates and though they weren't friends, they know of each other. Eligible is the adjective that comes to mind when I think of Ryan. He's the perfect Southern Gentleman that anybody would be proud to bring home for Sunday lunch.
There's no insta-anything here. The romance felt very gradual, filled with tension, not antagonistic at all. Helena and Ryan's relationship went through levels and I enjoyed seeing them fumble and grope around in denial before they finally realized they're in love. SOMETHING TO PROVE is one of those light romances that's full of love with a huge dose of humor. The small town setting combined with the colorful secondary characters added charm to the story. I was very much entertained and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.