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Paradise Cove

(Matchmaker Bay #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  256 reviews
From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about a big city girl who never expected to find the man of her dreams in the tiny town of Matchmaker Bay.
Dr. Nora Walsh has just been dumped in spectacular fashion, making it the perfect time for a major life change. She figures taking over the medic
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Forever
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Estelle at Forever Pub for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

I had such a fun time reading this book. I grabbed it off my shelf and sat on the hammock in my backyard and read it. I got so lost in the story and just sat outside reading for hours.

The book itself was really good too. It was surprisingly steamy. I loved the more mature themes covered from grief to guilt and being a parent/guardian of a child.

Overall, this was a very mature, steamy and very sweet summer rea
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book W R E C K E D me.

Lots of content warnings for super heavy topics such as cancer and the death of a child, but this was such an amazing romance. I cried a bunch of time, and I am not a crier!

I have one big thing I didn't like, which is I thought it was NOT OKAY at all for the hero's past relationship to have been while he was underage with a woman in her early 30s. In a book with so many weighty topics, it just felt really tone deaf. Especially because if a woman character disclosed t
book bruin
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forever
4.5 stars

I wanted Jake's story pretty much from the minute I met him in Mermaid Inn. I knew that his book wouldn't be a light read due to his tragic past, but I loved how Jenny Holiday wove humor and steam into it as well. This friends to lovers small town romance hooked me right in from the start and took my emotions on quite the ride.

As one of my fellow book friends stated, if fixer men is your thing, Jake is your man. I pretty much fell in love with this gruff hermit right away. His meet cute
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-tbr, july-2020
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This story made my heart explode with happiness! It was so entertaining and fun with just the right amount of emotion and heat mixed in. I loved it all!

Jake and Nora were amazingly strong characters that I adored. Nora was awesome. I loved how she was moving forward in life, her attitude, and embracing a new town. Jake was amazing! I totally fell in love with him. He was a quiet man with a heart of gold working through his grief. I loved their subtle attraction and them becoming friends and how
Briar's Reviews
Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday is a sweet book following Jake and Nora.

These two are quite the pair and make for an interesting couple to follow. Their romance blossoms, twists and turns throughout this story. As Nora takes over a medical practice, she meets Jake and finds out he's nursing a bit of a broken heart. His losses are strong, but the two of them seem to be helping each other heal from their hurt.

On a personal level, the grief sections really hit me in a hurtful way. It's my own person
I don’t rate Forever books that I’m assigned to but wow, if I did, the rating would reflect this: the book will probably be one of my favorite reads of the year.

Nora arrives in Moonflower Bay to take over a doctor’s clinic. She is primed to stay for two years, looking at her move to the lakeside town as a life palette cleanser. She’s just gotten out of a relationship where she lost herself and she’s looking forward to finding herself again.

She keeps bumping into Jake and they form a friendship.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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Shelleen Toland
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dr. Nora Walsh had found out her fiance was cheating on her and decides she needs a change. So she leaves Toronto and takes over a medical practice in Matchmaker Bay, for 2 years to get over the breakup.
Jake Ramsey also has a broken heart and one he thinks will never heal. He likes to hang out in his secluded beach cottage.
Then Jake ends up helping Nora with a medical emergency and he finds himself opening up to her, which he never does with anyone.
They decide to be friends with benefits. No r
A sweet, swoony, steamy small-town romance. Jenny Holiday has fast become an auto read author for me. I love her lovable characters, her gorgeous settings, her witty dialogue, and all the charm. Dr. Nora has left the big city relocated to the small town of Paradise Cove for a little change of pace. Jake is a long time resident of Paradise Cove an introverted recklus with a tragic past. This was an engaging and emotional friends to lovers romance. Both Nora and Jake were likable characters with s ...more
Addie Yoder
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Mermaid Inn, but I LOVED Paradise Cove. I forgot when I started that Jake has long hair and that Nora compares him constantly to Aquaman. It just added so much fun to the story. Jake and Nora both have their own struggles with grief and insecurities and watching them learn about themselves through each other was so good. I loved going back to Moonflower Bay and hanging out with Eve and Maya. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I am so sad that its going to be ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Paradise Cove was like a guilty pleasure that I needed, and this one tore me apart and I loved it!! I loved this small town romance, with a friends to lover trope.

So happy to be back in Matchmaker Bay- the story was centered on Nora a doctor from Toronto who needed a reset in life, and Jake who was reeling from a horrendous loss.

Jenny Holiday wrote such an engaging and immersive book that swallowed me whole into the small town life, love, friendships and all the drama with it. Though t
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
I really enjoyed Mermaid Inn and have loved other Jenny Holiday books, so I went into this one with sky high expectations - and it somehow exceeded them?! LOVED it.

As soon as we met Jake in the previous book, I was champing at the bit to get his story. It was perfect.

I loved and related to Nora like you wouldn't believe. Going through a tough break up, wanting that major life change, loved how strong she was even when she didn't feel it. I really connected to her. Funnily enough I felt the same
Maria Rose
Are two books read in a row considered a binge read? If so, then as soon as I finished reading Mermaid Inn (which I came to late), I dived right into Paradise Cove, wanting more of the small lakeside town with its delightful characters.

Nora has left the city with a two year lease of a medical practice in Moonflower Bay after the breakup of a relationship with a cheating ex. She's instantly welcomed by the townspeople who hope to convince her to make her stay permanent. One of the people she mee
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forever
Big city doctor Nora Walsh relocates to Paradise Cove after discovering her boyfriend is cheating on her, with a much younger resident. Thinking a couple years break from the massively busy ER AND dating will refresh her, Nora isn't counting on stoic, size of a mountain local Jake Ramsay to become both her best friend and eventually her lover. But they both agree, it will never be anything more.

A deeply poignant romance with a current of extreme grief running underneath it all, Paradise Cove is
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, hello, one of my favorite contemporary romances of 2020! PARADISE COVE snuck up on me. I wasn’t prepared to totally invest in this adorable coastal Canadian small town and its quirky group of friends, but it happened! Our heroine is new to town and just coming off a bad breakup, starting over as the new doctor. The hero is Jason Mamoa-like, monosyllabic builder who is good with his hands. Seems simple, right? Guy meets girl, they’re attracted, they date, the end. Nope. Jenny Holiday takes yo ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Dr. Nora Wells has taken a a two-year job in Matchmaker Bay. This will help her in two ways. Not only can she work to clear some of her student debt, but she can work to heal her broken heart. Why is it, however, that the first man she spies there is everything the ever dreamed of? But, as will soon be made clear, Nora is not the only one= with a broken hear. Jake Ramsey is also reeling from a huge tragedy in his life.

Right away I knew I was in for a deeply emotional story. Not only are readers
Real love, which it was clear these two had, was expansive. It did not demand exclusivity across time. It made room for grief.

Returning to Moonflower Bay in Paradise Cove was such a refreshing change of pace. I just adore this small town and all the folks that live in it SO much.

I was so intrigued by Jake Ramsey when I read Mermaid Inn and he didn't disappoint as the main character of his own book. He was the kind of tortured, reclusive hero I love reading about. The charming, hard-working,
Carole Bell
I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing The Cowboy Says I do, Come Home to Deep River, and Paradise Cove for BookPage. Here’s the opening:

More than any other category in the romance genre, small-town romances promise warmth and comfort, the narrative equivalent of a security blanket in anxious times. Three romances deliver on that mission while also incorporating a surprising amount of contemporary social reality into the mix. They retain many hallmarks of the traditional small-town romance: co
Chloe Liese
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This small town romance felt real and raw and lived in. I loved the realistic portrayal of intimacy and bodies (hello stretch marks and a man coming first!) and I deeply appreciated this book’s caring exploration of grief.

Jake and Nora have great chemistry and such an organic arc from acquaintances to friends-with-benefits to lovers. I’m a sucker for a strong silent type but I liked that Jake was more verbal with her and she was while very caring toward others and him, she was also very pragmati
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute book. Deals with grief over a child who has passed away. A very strong, small town feel. A heroine who is coming off of a break up and a gruff hero who needs someone to understand him. I really liked it. I think this is my first Jenny Holiday book! I heard the first bk in this series isn’t as good - so I just started with this one. Will read her again:)
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, romance, arcs
You're a young doctor who is a tad burned out from the city life. Some extenuating circumstances have let you see that you want something a bit different. Of course your next move should be to the Matchmaker Bay!

Thank you Forever Pub and Netgalley for this advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this read. I found the pace of the story to be just right. I enjoyed the friends to lovers trope of Jake and Nora. The supporting characters were amazing. Dr. Walsh was a hoot! Al
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I am undeniably a Holiday fan girl though. I love how Holiday gave us a small town that was relatable and filled with characters that were not over the top perfect. Nora and Jake were perfectly matched and I was very invested in their HEA. I absolutely adore grief books and I LOVE that Holiday used factual and frank terms regarding the loss of Jude. He died, he didn't "pass away" or any other flowery language that is at times used to soften death.
Jake is a fixer and I
Jen | mamajustwantstoread
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one even more than Mermaid Inn! Jake and Nora have amazing chemistry and I love their friendship. Paradise Cove manages to pack an emotional punch while also being a light, heart warming read.

TW: Grief, loss of a child, loss of a grandparent
Melissa Borsey
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good read. I fell in love with Nora , the new resident Doctor and Jake Ramsey from page one. It was very cute how they quickly became friends to then becoming friends with benefits and then...well you’ve got to read it and see. Highly recommend. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
nick (the infinite limits of love)


Jenny Holiday writes some of my favorite romance novels. I really enjoyed her foray into writing a small-town romance with the first book in the series, Mermaid Inn. Paradise Cove was a delightful installment though I did have a minor complaint.

We meet Nora, a well-established city doctor, who has just moved to Moonflower Bay after her last relationship goes sour. She's trying to settle in her new home when she finds herself befriending the town loner, Jake. I loved the pairing of the quiet
Queen Move

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When I read Mermaid Inn a few months ago, I fell in love with every single thing about Moonflower Bay. Seriously, I'd pack up my stuff and move to the town in a heartbeat if given the chance. I especially love the meddlesome townsfolk. If characters like those don't scream "small town," I don't know what does. After enjoying the first book so thoroughly, I was anxious to get my hands on the second one, Paradise Cove. I loved it every bit a
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If it's even possible, I loved "Paradise Cove" even more than Holiday's first in this series, "Mermaid Inn". Maybe it's the secretive and quiet way of Jake and the cute pixie Doctor Walsh, but they way they compliment each other and build each other up is beautiful! Dr. Walsh moves to the small town of Moonflower Bay to escape her troubles and have a life "re-set". But during her time in the town, she meets wonderful friends and falls in love with the town "Mute", who has hardly spoken a full se ...more
Shelley Lawrence
4.5 stars
For whatever reason, Paradise Cove, by Jenny Holiday was the perfect book for me at this particular time. I was charmed by the characters and the small coastal town. The friendships were endearing and the story was heart-warming. It wasn’t riddled with the typical tropes that so many other romance novels have that frustrate me. It did have more steamy scenes than I personally care for, but the overall plot was immediately engaging, and such a happy, feel-good story. Paradise Cove was tr
Norah Gibbons
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday is the second book in her Matchmaker Bay series. It can be read as a standalone, but I found the first book Mermaid Inn to be delightful, so I recommend reading that one as well. Dr. Nora Walsh was devastated to catch her fiancé cheating and looking for a fresh start packs up and moves from Toronto to Moonflower Bay, a beautiful small town on the shores of Lake Huron. She intend ...more
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Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, thoug ...more

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