Driftwood Cove (Harmony Harbor, #5)
TWO STORIES IN ONE: AN ALL-NEW DEBBIE MASON NOVEL PLUS A FAIRYTALE BRIDE NOVELLA BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR HOPE RAMSAY"Heartfelt and delightful!" -RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling authorUSA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason welcomes readers to Harmony Harbor, a charming New England town that's full of heart!True love deserves a second chance....FBI agent Michael Gallagher never dreamed that his job would bring him back to his hometown of Harmony Harbor. Or that one of his best leads would be the woman he once loved. Hell, the woman he still loves. He regrets the way they ended, and he'd do anything to make things right with her now. But first he needs to regain her trust...Shay Angel wants to leave the past behind her. And that includes Michael Gallagher, the only man she ever let close enough to break her heart. But she needs his help to find her uncle and clear his name. She won't hesitate to risk everything to save her family, but will she dare to risk her heart all over again? Bonus story "A Fairytale Bride" by Hope Ramsay!When a handsome stranger wanders into her bookstore one day, Melissa Portman begins to wonder if she's finally found her own happily-ever-after.

Driftwood Cove (Harmony Harbor, #5) Details

TitleDriftwood Cove (Harmony Harbor, #5)
Author
ReleaseFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherForever
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary

Driftwood Cove (Harmony Harbor, #5) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Driftwood Cove by Debbie Mason is the fifth installment in the contemporary romance Harmony Harbor series. Each book in the series features a different couple so they can easily be read and understood as standalones but for those that follow the series there will be glimpses of previous characters in each new book.Now I’m fairly new to Debbie Mason’s books myself but what I have found is she is an author that infuses her stories with a lot of action along with the building relationships. This st Driftwood Cove by Debbie Mason is the fifth installment in the contemporary romance Harmony Harbor series. Each book in the series features a different couple so they can easily be read and understood as standalones but for those that follow the series there will be glimpses of previous characters in each new book.Now I’m fairly new to Debbie Mason’s books myself but what I have found is she is an author that infuses her stories with a lot of action along with the building relationships. This story was actually a lot more suspenseful than I was expecting it to be but from the first moments of the action I was completely hooked on the story.The characters in Driftwood Cove have actually already been introduced in one of the author’s previous works, Christmas with An Angel which was a short story in the same series. I hadn’t read this story myself but it was never noticeable to me that there was a past missing from a previous book as the author did a great job updating the characters in this particular story so nothing felt missing.It didn’t take long at all to become invested in Shay and Michael’s story and the action they found themselves involved in but along with likable main characters the side characters are also well fleshed out and stand out themselves to further enhance the plot. With everything coming together so nicely in this installment I have definitely added Debbie Mason to my authors to catch up on list.Also, this book is a special two for one deal including A Fairytale Bride by Hope Ramsay as a special bonus novella. I’d actually already read that novella myself but it was definitely a two thumbs up read that I’d also encourage romance fans to check out and pairing these two authors together seemed a perfect combination.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Ann Lorz
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I love reading stories by Debbie Mason! Whenever her books are coming out I bouncing at the edge of my seat until I can read it. I always know that they will be funny, heartbreaking and so romantic. I was just that excited about Driftwood Cove! I wasn't really sure what would happen between Shay and Michael. A lot of their past baggage involved themselves and family. It's easy to get over your own past issues, but f Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I love reading stories by Debbie Mason! Whenever her books are coming out I bouncing at the edge of my seat until I can read it. I always know that they will be funny, heartbreaking and so romantic. I was just that excited about Driftwood Cove! I wasn't really sure what would happen between Shay and Michael. A lot of their past baggage involved themselves and family. It's easy to get over your own past issues, but family...We all know that family isn't so easy. Which you'll see when you read Driftwood Cove. The story deals a lot with their past and family. What Shay did in the past was horrible (not really nice) to Michael and I can understand why he didn't stick up for her more then with his family but now...I wasn't really happy with how he let his mother speak to her. He keeps saying he loves Shay, but can't seem to stand up to his mother for the woman he loves. To be honest I never really saw him really do it so it bugged me. Don't worry that's about all the really bugged me about the story. You'll love the widows club and their interaction with the mob. I want to say more but it's better if you read it for yourself. I laughed my way through it. I also love the ending with GG's ring. Another moment I can mention but not really tell you about. Believe me when I say it was funny & romantic! As a whole this is a wonderful story that I was happy to read. It had many of the past characters of the series in it, just maybe not as many. It also gave you a taste of what should be coming next. I will say that Jasper was in it a lot and we really focused on him. I need to know more about the man. To really enjoy this series start in the beginning. There is a main story theme that runs throughout the series that will be more enjoyable if you read them in order. This is the perfect series to curl up on the couch while it's snowing outside. Follow me on:https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...https://twitter.com/RomancingreaderARC received for a honest review
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  • Lillian
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.I really enjoyed Driftwood Cove by Debbie Mason! The last book in the Harmony Harbor kind of fell flat for me so I was hesitant picking this one up. But there was no reason to be. I loved every minute of this book and devoured it in almost one sitting (I fell asleep with two chapters left….granted it was 3am). For those of you new to the series, each book follows a different c I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.I really enjoyed Driftwood Cove by Debbie Mason! The last book in the Harmony Harbor kind of fell flat for me so I was hesitant picking this one up. But there was no reason to be. I loved every minute of this book and devoured it in almost one sitting (I fell asleep with two chapters left….granted it was 3am). For those of you new to the series, each book follows a different couple and is told in dual POV. It can be read as a standalone, but just know that other characters from previous books do show up in each one.Driftwood Cove follows the story of Shay Angel and Michael Gallagher who have their own novella earlier in the series called Christmas with an Angel. I was so excited to return to their story. Shay is an ex-con who went to jail after stealing her boyfriend’s car. She served her time and now she’s out. Michael was her boyfriend and if truth be told he’s never gotten over Shay.I like Shay. Her character is very believable as someone who has had a hard life. She struggles to trust, but she is fiercely loyal to those she does. She keeps everything close to the chest, never revealing much about herself to anyone. It endeared her to me as I read. When she’s narrating you realize just how much she hides her true feelings and thoughts from the world. It’s heart-breaking.Michael is the golden boy who was groomed to be governor like his dad before him, but it isn’t the life he wants. Instead he leaves his job as a DA for the FBI. He is outgoing, loyal to a fault, and very kind. I love his relationship with his dog Atticus. And he endears himself to me in his pursuit of Shay. It’s swoon worthy material for sure 😉Now for the plot which is where I was a little underwhelmed. Shay’s uncle is a reformed convict (thought I’m not sure if he’s ever actually been convicted) and the owner of a local pirate-themed bar. He goes missing in connection to a murder case Michael is working. Now this wouldn’t cause confusion except it pits Shay and Michael on opposite sides of the law. Shay feels she has to work to find her uncle without Michael’s help because as an ex-con she knows how these people think. Michael just wants to show Shay she can trust him. I hated this back and forth between the two.Overall I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it. It isn’t the typical, small town romance I’ve come to expect from Debbie Mason. However it still had it’s good spots, like the two main characters and Atticus 😀 I highly recommend this book for those that enjoy contemporary romance set in small towns.
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  • Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on lampshadereader.comI voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy (via NetGalley) of this book.   Shay and Michael are a slightly different couple than all of the ones from Harmony Harbor so far. They are more of an opposites attract. Always looking forward to reading a Debbie Mason book, I eagerly and as fast as my greedy little hands to grab it, requested to read Driftwood Cove from NetGalley. I went in this story having read the novella that came after book 1 (see Chris Originally posted on lampshadereader.comI voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy (via NetGalley) of this book.   Shay and Michael are a slightly different couple than all of the ones from Harmony Harbor so far. They are more of an opposites attract. Always looking forward to reading a Debbie Mason book, I eagerly and as fast as my greedy little hands to grab it, requested to read Driftwood Cove from NetGalley. I went in this story having read the novella that came after book 1 (see Christmas With an Angel), so a little note to future readers: At least read that one first. A tumultuous relationship between Michael and Shay is the main focal point to this story arc. Shay is the “bad girl/but good girl” character that might be a little cliched but well worth the investment. I loved her dry sense of humor and her friend Cherry brought out all of the good aspects out of her. Don’t you love a secondary character that can do that? At times, I wished I was reading Cherry’s story because she was such a hoot. Debbie Mason’s ability to write secondary characters that are as endearing as the main ones, is truly a gift.This was another one of the storylines that didn’t get too much Colleen action. Her ghostly influence is such a fun aspect that didn’t get much play into pretty much half way in the story. Her role wasn’t too impactful, but in a way her minions (Jasper and Simon) did most of the legwork. Shay and Michael were left in their own stubborn minds (actually more frustratingly, Shay’s mind) and the reader is left with countless shakes of her Kindle to try and knock some sense into fictional characters. (Not the first time this has happened, mind).With the added suspense/danger factor rounded up and tied this story up into a neat little bow. Although, not my favorite of couples, Shay and Michael did have their moments. “...stop looking amused. It makes your eyes bluer and crinkles the corners and makes you look older and sexier.” “I better stop then.” “Yes, stop talking and kiss me so you can shower and I can towel-dry your dog.”  
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  • Up All Night With Books
    January 1, 1970
    *** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***What do you do when the past comes back to haunt you unexpectedly? That is what happens to Shay Angel in Debbie Mason’s Driftwood Cove.Shay Angel, an ex-con on the right side of the law is in danger and she has no idea why. She was almost framed for a crime that she didn’t commit because of her background. So she heads home, with her best friend and the best friend’s dog only to find that her uncle has gone missing.Michael Gallagher, ex lawy *** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***What do you do when the past comes back to haunt you unexpectedly? That is what happens to Shay Angel in Debbie Mason’s Driftwood Cove.Shay Angel, an ex-con on the right side of the law is in danger and she has no idea why. She was almost framed for a crime that she didn’t commit because of her background. So she heads home, with her best friend and the best friend’s dog only to find that her uncle has gone missing.Michael Gallagher, ex lawyer, current FBI agent. He has been in love with Shay since they dated many years ago. However, situations and time have kept them away from each other these many years, but life just won't feel right until they are back together.Michael is determined to make Shay believe that he is there for her and will be as long as she will have him. But the past is a vicious capital B! Will Shay be able to open her heart to Michael again, or will the past keep them apart forever?This was a great short story. I loved the relationship between Michael and Shay, but Cherry stole the story. I would like to read the entire series to meet the other Gallaghers and to see the beginning of Shay and Michael’s story, however Ms. Mason does a fantastic job of giving you a good understanding of everything in this book. Four stars.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    As is the rest of the series, this is also a very good story. It is a heartfelt romance with very imperfect lead characters. The only issue I had with the book was that Michael ( the male lead) seemed too perfect. I kept waiting for him to be more human? Maybe just to mess up a little? I don't really know - he just seemed to need to be more real. Shay (the female lead) felt more true. Although she seemed like she needed to be Gibb slapped upside the head a few times.I stilled really liked revisi As is the rest of the series, this is also a very good story. It is a heartfelt romance with very imperfect lead characters. The only issue I had with the book was that Michael ( the male lead) seemed too perfect. I kept waiting for him to be more human? Maybe just to mess up a little? I don't really know - he just seemed to need to be more real. Shay (the female lead) felt more true. Although she seemed like she needed to be Gibb slapped upside the head a few times.I stilled really liked revisiting Harmony Harbor and meeting up with previous characters. Although the leads were to me, a hard match, they did mesh. I really enjoy this series and will continue to read it.Receive as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for Driftwood Cove and Michael and Shay’s story since the teaser Debbie Mason wrote Christmas with an Angel and Shay stood him up at the Bandstand. The wait was worth it. Michael and Shay are snarky and prickly and everything I expected them to be. Add in a stripper with a heart of gold, a few bad-ass FBI agents and the doings at Graystone manor and you have a rollicking afternoon of entertainment. I really enjoy this series and it seems to get better with every installment. I have been waiting for Driftwood Cove and Michael and Shay’s story since the teaser Debbie Mason wrote Christmas with an Angel and Shay stood him up at the Bandstand. The wait was worth it. Michael and Shay are snarky and prickly and everything I expected them to be. Add in a stripper with a heart of gold, a few bad-ass FBI agents and the doings at Graystone manor and you have a rollicking afternoon of entertainment. I really enjoy this series and it seems to get better with every installment. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
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  • Pamela Devereux
    January 1, 1970
    Fun readsShay Angel is smart, loyal and an ex-con. She is in trouble again and the only one that can help her is Michael Gallagher. His family betrayed here and now they are trying to make it right. So the chase is on between the good guys and the bad. Her friend Cherry will have you laughing like crazy. In the end it is all about trust. Loved the ending.A Fairytale Bride was quick and fun to read. Jeff brings Melissa back into the land of the living. Love an old bookstore and the love that deve Fun readsShay Angel is smart, loyal and an ex-con. She is in trouble again and the only one that can help her is Michael Gallagher. His family betrayed here and now they are trying to make it right. So the chase is on between the good guys and the bad. Her friend Cherry will have you laughing like crazy. In the end it is all about trust. Loved the ending.A Fairytale Bride was quick and fun to read. Jeff brings Melissa back into the land of the living. Love an old bookstore and the love that develops between them. Small towns love to interfere but it didn't help. Only the truth can set you free.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I selected this book based on the cover alone for a book group challenge, expecting a romance story. Well, I did get the romance story along with a lot of action, intrigue, quirky characters, first love, and a ghost. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will definitely read more of Debbie's books.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    Driftwood Cove is gripping from the very beginning. I was so excited to read more of Shay and Michael's story after getting a taste of their romance in the novella Christmas with an Angel. They apparently have a complicated and heartbreaking past but their feelings are still very much present. Driftwood Cove has the same wit, heart, and humor I have come to love in Debbie Mason's writing. Although I think it had more action and suspense than the previous novels, which I absolutely loved! Plus wh Driftwood Cove is gripping from the very beginning. I was so excited to read more of Shay and Michael's story after getting a taste of their romance in the novella Christmas with an Angel. They apparently have a complicated and heartbreaking past but their feelings are still very much present. Driftwood Cove has the same wit, heart, and humor I have come to love in Debbie Mason's writing. Although I think it had more action and suspense than the previous novels, which I absolutely loved! Plus what can you expect with a stubborn kick-butt heroine like Shay. Shay is definitely a fun character with her angst, mistrust, loyalty, and crazy fun best friend by her side. I definitely was laughing out loud at some of their antics. Cherry is so hilarious! Even she knows that Shay and Michael belong together and is so cute and funny when she's trying to make sure they end up together. Michael is strong, smart, and totally in love with Shay. Making him 100% swoon worthy. The mess they all find themselves in makes for lots of tension and puts even more barriers between the two lovebirds. I was so happy with the way things worked out in the end though. Shay absolutely deserves to be happy and I think the ending was perfect. I truly loved Driftwood Cove and I highly recommend it to all romance fans!
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  • books are love
    January 1, 1970
    Received in exchange for a honest reviewHave been anxiously awaiting Michael’s story. He is more complex than I thought. He also grew into the man he was meant to be and seems more at peace with himself than in the past. Michael is now a FBI agent and he is just as smart and savvy as ever. He is also very kind and gentle...we see this with his interaction with his dog..His world collides with Shay’s when her uncle is in trouble. Only Shay is being stubborn and isn’t talking to him. Shay is stubb Received in exchange for a honest reviewHave been anxiously awaiting Michael’s story. He is more complex than I thought. He also grew into the man he was meant to be and seems more at peace with himself than in the past. Michael is now a FBI agent and he is just as smart and savvy as ever. He is also very kind and gentle...we see this with his interaction with his dog..His world collides with Shay’s when her uncle is in trouble. Only Shay is being stubborn and isn’t talking to him. Shay is stubborn, loyal feisty smart and fiercely independent. She trusts no one and Michael is at the top of the list. No matter what he says or does she still has a chip on her shoulder towards him. Now she is trying to start her future and is in trouble. Her past mistakes are coming back to haunt her..She is a good person overall just doesn’t let anyone in..It is with Michael’s help she gets out of her mess but she is now on a collision course with him in Harmony Harbor because of her uncle.When they first see each other it doesn’t go well and we are highly entertained. From there on, Shay doesn’t let Michael in but is always one step ahead of him when looking for her uncle. This does frustrate him but also has him proud and admiring her cunning and her tenacity. Only it does get her in trouble again and puts Michael in a tough spot. The danger only increases as does the tension and attraction between these two. When it comes to a head, we get a explosive moment that sizzles the kindle. But she still doesn’t trust him..and it costs them both when it comes to matters of the heart for them.The story is filled with snarky feisty and fun banter, finding forgiveness in love and learning to trust. It has family ties seen everywhere and we see the strength of family and loyalty as well. There are some fun characters, some ones you loathe and Jasper who surprises us..Michael’s mom is trying to keep them apart still but there is more to her story and it has you wonder what is going on. Wrongs are righted and love wins out as Michael and Shay find their way to each other while navigating the danger that surrounds trying to find her uncle and their hearts.Wonderfully written, action packed and filled with character and emotional driven scenes that have you root Michael on in getting his one true love back in his arms while trying to help her not fall into a situation that could cost her her freedom and her uncle’s as well.
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  • Doris Lankford
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the book but I didn't really like all the drama. I prefer more romance and that's what I expected from the book.
  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Another great read by Debbie Mason. Shay and Michael's story.
  • Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars This felt like such a different story than I am used to from Debbie Mason. (I mean, aside from her writing a male character that at some point doesn’t stand up for his lady love when he REALLY, REALLY should have.) It was very fast-paced and action-packed and I can’t lie, at times I found it hard to keep up with. This story almost felt more like romantic suspense with a comedic twist? It’s hard to categorize it honestly. My biggest complaint with this book is that I wish that there had 3.5 Stars This felt like such a different story than I am used to from Debbie Mason. (I mean, aside from her writing a male character that at some point doesn’t stand up for his lady love when he REALLY, REALLY should have.) It was very fast-paced and action-packed and I can’t lie, at times I found it hard to keep up with. This story almost felt more like romantic suspense with a comedic twist? It’s hard to categorize it honestly. My biggest complaint with this book is that I wish that there had been more focus on the current relationship between Michael and Shay. Their romance was heavily based on their past relationship and feelings that never really went away, but I wanted to see more of them building their relationship in the present, minus all of the secrets and danger. As usual, Ms. Mason’s writing was fantastic and her characters were well-developed but this book just had a different overall feel than the rest of the series and therefore isn’t one of my favorites. *I received an ARC from NetGalley for voluntary review
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  • Forever Romance
    January 1, 1970
    Don't miss this exclusive excerpt from Driftwood Cove:https://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2...
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