The fate of The Sandy Bottom Hotel may hang in the balance, but Resorting to Romance ensures everyone will walk away with a smile.


The Description

Publication Date: July 2, 2024

Love checks in—even if it’s an unwelcome guest—in this delightful smalltown romance from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Shirk

It was supposed to be L.A. attorney Loni Wingate’s perfect day. Instead, she got only chaos and heartbreak. Her fiancé stole her promotion and ended their engagement, leaving her career and her future dangling by a thread. Then when Loni tries to go to her safe place, her family’s quaint North Carolina resort, she finds it’s up for sale.

But Loni didn’t get to where she is without a fight. So if a developer is coming by to assess the property, the place she feels most connected to her long-gone Mama…well, Loni and her sisters will serve up a taste of Southern hospitality he’ll never forget.

Ian Hollowell hasn’t experienced “Southern hospitality” firsthand, but he’s pretty sure this is not it. Between the storage room accommodation, the all-sugar sweet tea, and a lethally hot pepper omelet, he’s getting the sense his welcome is anything but. Still, he didn’t get his ruthless reputation by quitting when the game gets interesting.

And Loni is one adversary Ian can’t resist… especially when family revelations start pushing Loni to question her loyalties.

Now a round of “keep your enemies close” might be flipped on its head in bestselling author Jennifer Shirk’s sparkling and stirring story about reconsidering the past in order to shape the future. Because sometimes it takes one last resort to find the place—and people—that truly feel like home.

The Review

With her chance at a promotion shot and a broken engagement, Loni Wingate needs a break from California. However, all thoughts of relaxation disappear when she discovers her father plans to sell the beloved family resort on the Carolina coast.

Resorting to Romance by Jennifer Shirk provides an engaging enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy. As Loni joins her two sisters, they are met with the arrival of handsome developer Ian Hollowell, who is ready to cash in on the beachfront property occupied by The Sandy Bottom Hotel.

Needless to say, when the sisters are instructed by their father to give Ian a warm Southern welcome, they take hospitality seriously. The comedic aspect works well with the story, especially the battle between Ian and Loni. Both are determined and work-focused, which makes for plenty of sparks.

Another interesting element centers around a stack of old love letters that seem to cast doubt on their late mother’s relationship with their father. This leads to plenty of angst.

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About The AuthorJennifer Shirk has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy—which has in no way at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind- numbing educations.

Jennifer is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Montlake Romance and Entangled Publishing. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, so when she’s not writing or working on her tan, she’s taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, and two grateful rescue dogs.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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The fate of The Sandy Bottom Hotel may hang in the balance, but Resorting to Romance ensures everyone will walk away with a smile.5-STAR REVIEW: RESORTING TO ROMANCE by Jennifer Shirk