When Connor Larkin boards a late-night bus in downtown L.A., he’s not sure where he’s going or what he’s looking for. Putting his acting career—and his fiancée—on hold, he’s searching for a part of himself he lost on the road to success. Now, with his wedding day approaching, Connor finds himself stepping into the sleepy seaside town of Miramar Bay—where one remarkable woman inspires him to rethink all of his choices . . .
Unlike the pretentious starlets back in Hollywood, Sylvie Cassick has had to work hard for everything she has. When Connor hears familiar music drifting out of her restaurant, he can’t escape a feeling of finally coming home. Sylvie isn’t sure what to think when this impossibly handsome stranger applies for a waiter’s job. Yet once he serenades her customers—and slowly works his way into her heart—she realizes there’s more to him than he’s letting on. But as the world outside Miramar begins to threaten their fragile bond, Connor will have to risk losing everything to gain the life he longs for—and become the man Sylvie deserves.
I enjoyed reading Miramar Bay, the first book in Davis Bunn’s Miramar Bay clean contemporary fiction series. Connor is an actor who runs away on a Greyhound bus from his sham reality tv wedding in Los Angeles, and lands in Miramar Bay in the middle of the night. The local police chief cuts Connor a break by arranging accommodation at a nice motel that allows Connor to pay cash and conceal his identity. Connor’s family owned a restaurant when he was growing up, and he applies for a waiter position at Sylvie’s upmarket restaurant with lovely ocean views in the picturesque town on the Central Coast in California.
Sylvie is the resourceful part-owner of a busy restaurant she built from the ground up. She works hard, and her staff are close knit group who treat each other like family. Sylvie is shocked when illegal substances are discovered inside raw fish in her restaurant kitchen, and the out-of-town detective investigating the case behaves in a way that suggests he thinks Sylvie is a suspect.
Connor and Sylvie are drawn to each other, and their sweet romance is the romantic subplot that simmers along. The main focus of the story is Connor and Sylvie’s individual character journeys, and their search for home and belonging. I recommend Miramar Bay to contemporary fiction readers who like clean small town stories with a mystery element and a romantic subplot.