The Good Luck Cafe by Annie Rains

April 18th, 2023 Kimberly Review 15 Comments

18th Apr

This spring, snuggle up with Annie Rains’ Good Luck Cafe. This standalone women’s fiction romance is number four in the Somerset Lake series. Small-town vibes, pups and friends-to-lovers love story are waiting for you….

The Good Luck Cafe by Annie Rains
The Good Luck Cafe
by Annie Rains
Series: Somerset Lake #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
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Heat Level: One FlameHalf a Flame

Moira Green is perfectly content with her life. She has a rewarding career and plenty of wonderful friends, including the members of her weekly book club. Then everything in her life goes topsy-turvy when the town council plans to demolish the site of her mother’s beloved café to make room for much-needed parking. Moira is determined to save her mother’s business, so she swallows her pride and asks Gil Ryan for help.

Moira and Somerset Lake’s mayor were good friends once, the kind who could laugh at everything and nothing at all. Until one night changed everything between them. And now, with Gil supporting the council’s plans, Moira is forced to find another way to save Sweetie’s—and it involves campaigning against Gil. Going head-to-head in a battle of wills reveals more than either of them are ready for, and as the election heats up, so does their attraction. But without a compromise in sight, can these two be headed for anything but disaster?

friends MansBestFriend ROMANCE Small-town

When I jumped in, I had no clue this was book four in the Somerset Lake series, but even though I came across old couples, I didn’t feel lost.

Coffee Dates with The Good Luck Cafe

  • First Date: Moira Green, a 911 dispatcher for the small-town of Somerset Lake, drives to Sweetie’s her mother’s cafe each morning for coffee and a bagel before returning home to work her shift. She loves her quiet life, that includes book club and a small circle of friends. Even if she thinks the local mayor is cute, she is too embarrassed about the past to even imagine them dating. That embarrassment brings out snark whenever he is around. Gil Ryan, the local mayor, would love to get to know Moria more, despite what happened years ago. A 911 call and a town council mandate to raze Sweetie’s in order to make room for parking lead the two to spend more time together. I was hooked by the town charm, antics, and characters from Gil’s brother to Moria. We learn Moria’s backstory and it’s easy to see why she plays things safe.
  • Second Date: Fueled by outrage over the council’s decision, Moira blames Gil. This forces her to act. As the two spend time together, trust, respect and a budding romance begin. Competing against each other really makes the sparks fly between Moira and Gil. I loved their outings and the slow burn romance from flowers to pups. We also get side threads about Moira’s family, a 911 call that brings back memories for Moira. We have a thread with Gil’s younger brother and campaign manager who, despite having Down Syndrome, wants a place of his own. I was rooting for all of them.
  • Third Date: When Moira’s indiscretion years ago are revealed, Moira shuts down and wants to go back to her quiet existence. Will Gill give up on her? Can Moira be brave enough to overcome? I loved the final chapters of the story and how everything unfolded from character growth to the ending. I closed the book, hoping to revisit Somerset Lake and knowing I’ll be reading this author again.

Perfect for fans of small-town romance and authors like Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery and Debbie Macomber.


About Annie Rains

Annie Rains

Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America's largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn't writing, she's spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.

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15 Responses to “The Good Luck Cafe by Annie Rains”

  1. Lover of Romance

    I have been curious about this author, you definitely have me intrigued with this one. I might try this one here and see if her style of small-town romance will work for me.

    Great review!