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Love in Catalina Cove

(Catalina Cove #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,321 ratings  ·  248 reviews
In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…

In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to return. Now, over a decade later, Vashti reluctantly finds herself back in her hometown after inheriting h
Mass Market Paperback, 459 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by HQN
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Scott isn’t the only guy I’ve loved that let me down. Therefore I can’t be one and done. I’m two and through.

Ms. Gertie would also butt heads all the time with Sheriff Phillips, all generations of them, and was quick to remind them that she delivered them into the world and would have given them an extra whack on their rear end if she’d known they would grow up to be power-grabbing men.

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Oh what a tangled web vile and duplicitous snobs can weave just to save face. I enj
4.5 stars- Look my review of 'Love in Catalina Cove', by Brenda Jackson, on the Harlequin Junkies website in the near future. To find more book reviews, visit
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

Vashti’s life has been a rocky one. At sixteen she got pregnant but she never admitted who the father was, which was enough for the little town of Catalina Cove to be against her. To protect her, her parents took her to a home for unwed mothers and left her there alone until the baby was born. Only to die a few hours after being delivered. Later on in life, Vashti got married to Scott only to be cheated on. Now, at the age of thirty-two, with her divorce finalized, she’s inheriting her
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished, romance
So I'm stopping at the midway point. There are two problems with this romance. Either one in a story will cause me some friction, but it turns out that the two together are killer. The first is that the attraction between Vashti and Sawyer is all about "chemistry". They can't keep their eyes off each other and get the zings every time they touch. It was lust at first sight and isn't getting any better. At halfway, they're getting ready to set ground rules for a sex thing and I'm tired of the exc ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Ever read a book just because of its cover? That was the case for me when I came across Love in Catalina Cove while browsing through Netgalley. I kept coming across the book and the cover whore in me kept screaming to request it, so I finally did just that. I just hoped that I wouldn't be let down by taking a chance on this new-to-me author.

Vashti Alcindor vowed never to return to the small town of Ca
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is one of those books that have many twists and turns, some you see coming, some not, and you cannot stop reading...
great writing, likable characters, and far fetched plotline

3,5 stars
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dramatic, romantic, and uplifting!

Love in Catalina Cove is an engaging, lighthearted read that takes us to coastal Louisiana and into the life of Vashti Alcindor as she meanders through all sorts of highs and lows, including a recent divorce, being laid off, reopening her aunt's B&B, a blossoming courtship, and returning to the hometown that shunned her following a teen pregnancy.

The writing is smooth and effortless. The characters are strong, confident, and dependable. And the plot, although a
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Vashti’s aunt passes away and leaves her the B and B. This requires Vashti returning to a place that she escaped long ago. Her arrival in town is met by the town’s new and hot Sheriff Sawyer along with a few other twists and turns. To her surprise the townsfolk want her, but the surprises and deep-rooted pain are making it hard to stay.

Brenda Jackson is a wonderful storyteller. She weaves an intricate web between her characters that is easy to follow and intriguing.

Jackson reminded her readers
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, 2018, for-review
I know I am going to be in the minority when I say Love in Catalina Cove was just an OK read for me.. I wanted to love it, but I just didn't. I did like the setting and most of the characters. The little town of Catalina Cove sounds like it is a place I'd love to visit. I also liked the two main characters, Vashti and Sawyer. I felt bad for Vashti for what happened to her. I also liked Sawyer's relationship with his daughter Jade. Their relationship was really neat and fun to read.

What I didn't
Steph's Romance Book Talk
It took a little bit to get into this story because there were a few extra characters that have a start within this story. However, once the story focused completely around Vashti and Sawyer the pace and intrigue really drew me into this smoking hot connection. Sawyer pulls Vashti over when she is reluctantly returning to Catalina Cove to take care of some family business. Vashti has been burned by men and the town before so she had no interest in any man that lives in her small town after they ...more
Romance Rehab
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Guest Review by mom, romance fanatic, and (someday) published author Summer Raines!

This is a hard review for me to write because I find myself very conflicted. I was excited to get this book, a “bombshell of a secret” sounded exciting. I also have a soft spot for Louisiana, so that was a bonus. I even teared up a little in a few spots. But I was mostly bored. My conundrum is that even though this book didn’t really do it for me, I could see that a lot of people WOULD enjoy it.
Vashti has a checke
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
4.5 stars. Maybe 4?

This book made me cry, it made me swoon, and it made me go 'Oh no they didn't!'

I missed sleep and half paid attention while at work trying to finish this puppy. It was a bit of a slow start until you start piecing bits and clues together and they you just get swept into the romance and into the mystery.

It's very old-school soap opera with all of the family drama, but it was fun to guess 'who dun it' so to speak. (Though after mid book or so, everything was a bit predictable, w
Chloe (Always Booked)
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors-of-color
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, but there were a few things that bothered me. This book is about a girl named Vashti and a guy named Sawyer. Vashti has to go back to her hometown of Catalina Cove to deal with her deceased aunt's inn. She has a very negative past with the place and the people there so she wants to get in and get out ASAP. On her way there, she gets pulled over for going 5 OVER (what a hardass) by Sawyer. Theres an instant attraction and chemistry between the two and that i ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

I honestly did not know what to expect going in, but I'm a huge fan of a couple of the author's other series and I don't think you can go wrong with Brenda Jackson. I'll say other than having cursing a storm at the end of the book, it was actually very enjoyable to read, with very little angst and a lot of drama, which was quite appropriate given the subject matter.

Vashti Alcindor planned to never return
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Ms. Jackson outdid herself with this one. Sheesh. The twists and turns I was not expecting. Great mystery, great romance. I recommend this to any and all suspense and romance readers.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many plot twists and revelations!! My mind was blown!
I think I found a new auto buy author!

Summer Fling Romance Readathon Prompt: Author of Color
Tiffany Tyler
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
“Because I was told that anger, bitterness, and animosity are too much baggage for anyone to carry around. At some point you have to let it go. Otherwise it will destroy you.”

This book had a slow build to a far-fetched climax. Overall, it was an ok book that didn’t have me rushing to my kindle whenever I had a free moment. 3 stars
I want to know why Bryce has iced out Kaegan. Did I miss something? I really enjoyed this one and can't wait for the second in the series, "Forget Me Not". I've had a couple of misses with Ms. Jackson in the recent past, but "Love in Catalina Cove" is a definite winner that I'd highly recommend.

Review to come
So, wow, I cannot say I was expecting what happened in this book. I can ride with a lot of soap opera elements (I was born and raised on soaps) but I have to be expecting them, and maybe I should have been considering the second book was an amnesia book, but I was not. I am just going to do a brief breakdown so you can see what I mean.

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Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from TLC Booktours in exchange for an honest review. After reading quite a few thrillers recently this book was a lovely change of pace. This was a love story set in Catalina Cove, Louisiana. Vashti has returned to her hometown for the first time since leaving as soon as she finished high school. She has returned fourteen years later only to sell her aunt’s inn after her death. Vashti doesn’t have fond memories of her home town after encountering scrutiny and ...more
Byron Washington
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Good!!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Fairly standard Brenda Jackson fare, until around mid-book when it started heat up. There are some REALLY GOOD twists and turns that'll throw you for a loop, but they really add some substance to the story. Bravo Mrs. Jackson!!

Buy it, read it and enjoy.👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow is all i can say about this read...loved it
Nov 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was incredibly flat, and it was hard to read. I kept wanting to skip a whole bunch of pages, but was afraid I’d miss the paragraph where the pace picked up.

The two leads had no chemistry, matter of fact, they reminded me of teenagers. His personality was particularly boring, at complete odds with his description.

The conversations reminded me of two kids on the phone when it’s to to go, ‘you hang up, no you hang up’

This was bad y’all, really really bad.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book!!! It was so good. I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to read the next one in the series.
Victoria Nease
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ahh this was so cute I loved it and I was so shocked. I can’t say anything cause then I’ll ruin the book but I definitely recommend this.
Loraine Oliver
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Love in Catalina Cove is the first book in the Catalina Cove series by Brenda Jackson. It is a great first read, and I can't wait for the next book in this series.

Vashti Alcindor lived on Catalina Cove, however was moved away when she was 16, because she was pregnant. Her parents would not listen to her but she kept her baby until after she gave birth and was told she had a baby boy that was born sick and died 6 hours later. The whole town wondered who Vashti had been going around with but she t
Debra Guyette
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove after a devastating pregnancy left her childless and heartbroken. After university, she moved to New York City and vowed to never return home. Unfortunately, she finds herself returning when she inherits her aunt's Bed and Breakfast. Her return does not go as well as she thought when she is given a ticket by the new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham, and her bid to sell the B&B is thwarted. When she is approached by a secret benefactor to renovate and reopen the place, s ...more
Amy’s Booket List
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a likeable story about a woman who overcomes a difficult past. Instead of continuing to run from her pain, she returns to Catalina Cove to face all of the people who had betrayed her, only to find freedom in her new home.

I really liked Vashti, her story, and her strength, but I never fully connected with her. I say that, but I can’t pinpoint a reason. Other reviewers are not having this problem, so it may have been my mood. For the
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first Brenda Jackson book, and I have decidedly mixed feelings. This had quite possibly THE SOAPIEST plot I have ever read, and I am a once-upon-a-time fan of As the World Turns, so I consider that a big plus. (view spoiler) On the downside, whoever copy edited this was sleeping on the dang job, because holy comma errors, Batman! Seriously, step up your game, Harlequin. Also, the hero was a total douchecanoe to his ...more
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, kindle, 2020-reads
I picked up this book from a recommendation from Youtube and found a deal that the book for free through Kindle. Usually, I take my time to read e-books that I have on my TBR. This time the cover book called, and I happy it happened.
This story builds layer upon layer. Vashti & Sawyer's story is an interesting one. Sawyer and Vashti have quite the connection right from the beginning. I understood both of their reasons for now wanting to get involved and knew it was inevitable that they would.
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In 1994, Brenda Jackson’s first novel, Tonight and Forever, was released. Since then she has had more than 100 novels and novellas published (the first African-American author to accomplish such a feat) and has over 3 million books in print.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Brenda is the first African-American author to have a book published by Harlequin Desire and the first African-American rom

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