Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Review and Giveaway - - Reunited on Dragonfly Lane

Reunited on Dragonfly Lane
by Annie Rains
Sweetwater Springs - Book 7
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Reviewed by PJ

Boutique owner Sophie Daniels certainly isn't looking to adopt a dog the day veterinarian Chase Lewis convinces her to take in Comet. A rambunctious puppy with a broken leg may not be the best choice for a first-time pet owner. And house calls from the handsome doctor -- her high school sweetheart who's just moved back to Sweetwater Springs -- may not be the best choice for her heart either.

Chase has come home to help his nephew but finds that he's forgotten just how much he enjoys small-town life. However, sooner or later, he's going to have to face the past and his unresolved feelings for Sophie. Now that Comet needs both their help, Chase is going to let the four-legged matchmaker work his canine magic. Then Chase will prove to Sophie that first love is even better the second time around.

PJ's Thoughts:

Over the past few years, Sweetwater Springs has become one of my favorite fictional small towns to visit. With each book in the series I read I feel like I come home for a visit with old friends and leave with new ones. 

As Annie Rains has done with each book in this series, Reunited on Dragonfly Lane features a likeable main couple readers will find it easy to cheer for. High school sweethearts who were in love but too young to handle the strain of a life-threatening accident, Chase and Sophie went their separate ways when they were eighteen. Now, ten years later, Chase has returned to town and they're both dealing with the fact that those feelings they thought had been left behind in their teens are, in fact, ready to flare to life once again. But each of them has unresolved emotional baggage to overcome for this second chance at love to succeed. Their journey is poignant and heartfelt, with forgiveness and acceptance at its core. I was with them every step of the way.

Sophie and Chase are both fully developed characters with layers, flaws, and relatable obstacles to overcome. The yearning between them is palpable but I appreciate the fact that Rains takes her time with them this second time around, allowing them to slowly rebuild their foundation of friendship and trust before taking their emotions deeper. She also surrounds them with a supportive cast of secondary characters, enhancing the community feel of the story. I especially enjoyed Sophie's best friend Trisha and Trisha's young son, Petey (Chase's former sister-in-law and nephew) who have key roles in this book. I'm hoping Rains has plans for them in her next series.  Creating a sense of community is something this author does well. But while her ensemble cast gives fans of the series a "welcome home" feeling with every new book, she crafts each story in such a way that a reader is able to begin with any of the seven books in the series without feeling lost or confused. 

If you enjoy sweet, small-town, contemporary romance with relatable characters, heart-tugging, emotional depth, satisfying sexual chemistry (without on-page sex), and a feel-good happy ending, I enthusiastically recommend Reunited on Dragonfly Lane, along with the rest of the books in the Sweetwater Springs series. I'm sad to bid farewell to Sweetwater Springs but I'm already looking forward to whatever Annie Rains has planned for readers next. 

Have you read any of Annie Rains' books?

Do you enjoy your contemporary romance sweet or spicy? Or do you like both?

A cute dog on the cover of a book is an automatic magnet for me. How do you feel about pets in romance? 

Thank you to Forever Romance for this fantastic giveaway.

Two randomly chosen readers who post a comment before 11:00 PM, January 29 will each receive a bundle containing the four Sweetwater Springs books pictured above. 

*Must be 18
*U.S. and Canada only


  1. I haven't read any of her books! This one sounds awesome and like you a dog on the cover is usually an auto buy. Thanks for the chance to win this one.

  2. Yes, I have enjoyed her books. Like sweet and spicy and books featuring dogs. Would be so happy to win this great collection.

  3. Yes, I have enjoyed her books. Like sweet and spicy and books featuring dogs. Would be so happy to win this great collection.

  4. I haven't read Annie Rains books but will now. The dogs are another wonderful component which I love being a dog lover. I like sweet for sure. Thanks for this wonderful feature.

  5. This series sounds delightful and a perfect enjoyable escape. Dogs on the cover are so special for the story. I haven't read Annie Rains and glad that I have now discovered this author. The way you describe the books are ideal. Many thanks.

  6. I haven't read any of Annie's books yet - I'm sure I'd love these! An animal on the cover (and in the storyline) always catches my eye too.

  7. I have read her books! Love them!

  8. Thank you for introducing me to Annie Rains. I have just started following her on Goodreads and will be start reading her series very soon! And I also enjoy pets included in the storylines. ❤

  9. I have not read any of her books. Thanks for the chance. An animal on the cover does draw me in.
    Karen T. (Natty's Mama)

  10. I own quite a few of her books but I don't think I've read them yet! Too many books, too little time!😢

  11. This is a new to me author. I love contemporary, small town romance. I can deal with either spicy or not. As in most things, it all depends on the talent of the author. I am a fan of character driven stories and smalltown stories do it for me, big time.

    As for pets, I have a pet, and have lived with all kinds of pets and OF COURSE I LOVE THE IDEA OF A PET in the lives of characters in a book.

    Thanks for the review. I hope everyone is taking care and staying well.

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  13. I no more understand books without pets than I understand people without pets! Annie Rains' books sound delightful. I usually expect the contemporaries I choose to be a bit spicy, but as long as the physical aspect isn't ignored completely, I'm okay with sweet. Thanks, PJ!

  14. I haven't read Annie's books. I like sweet and/or spicy books. I love a pet as a character in a book.


  15. I just checked Annie Rains' Amazon page, and realize I have not read any of her books. I have read the reviews and blurbs on them, and they sound enjoyable. I have obviously been missing out.
    I like both sweet and spicy romances. There are definitely some that get too spicy, I doubt these will fall into that category.
    I will admit that an animal on the cover is a draw. A dog, especially will guarantee that I pick it up to read the blurb and likely buy it. Animals add much to a story. Aside from their personality and antics, they serve to bring out and show just what kind of person someone is. If your dog or cat really doesn't like someone, you had better take a second, deeper look at that individual.
    Thank you and the publisher for the giveaway. Stay safe and healthy.

  16. I like both!! I agree about a dog/pet on the cover. I have heard lots of good things about Annie Rains and this book!!

  17. What a wonderful bundle. Yes, a dog adds something to a story that I like.

  18. I love reading her books! They have become an automatic buy for me.

  19. I've only read a couple of her books and I loved them! I enjoy both sweet and spicy books and will choose my next read according to my mood. I absolutely love books and book covers with pets! I am disappointed if the animal is on the cover but doesn't exist in the book. I can't imagine life without pets! Thanks for this great giveaway! Stay safe!

  20. Good author and good giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  21. I have not read any of her books before, but am interested to start one now! While I am a dog lover, having a dog on the cover is not an "auto-by" for me. Thanks for the chance!

  22. I have read Annie's books before and love them, I like contemporary romance sweet and a little bit spicy. Yes I love dogs and cats in books. This sounds very good great review thanks

  23. I haven't read this author. I always like books with a pet in it.

  24. I liked her Christmas book, Christmas On Mistletoe Lane!

    I like my books both sweet and spicy.

    I don't like pets to be the center of the story. They can add a bit of fun and interest.