Vacancy – Book Review


I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Vacancy by Tracy Ewens
Series: A Love Story #6
Published by Tracy Ewens on August 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 251
Format: Kindle
Source: Author

Four Stars

Hollis Jeffries is a “dynamo” as her father likes to say. She’s the youngest vice president at Dobbins Capital. She wows investors, runs marathons, and speaks three languages. As the oldest, Hollis is always first to try and first to succeed. According to the other Jeffries sisters, she’s practically perfect. . . until she’s not.

Matthew Locke grew up in the shadow of his brother’s death and with the added pressure of his parents’ expectations. They want him to take over the family coffee shops someday, but Matt has other plans. Despite the grumblings of his working-class parents, he has found success in Silicon Valley even after dropping out of Stanford a semester shy of graduation. Matt has spent most of his life under the radar and there’s not much he’s willing to rock the boat for. . . until there is.

Hollis and Matt met on Tomales Bay the summer they both turned twelve and during the summers that followed, they grew up and fell in love. One night, after an unexpected test, they fell apart.

Now, twelve years later, Hollis, who seeks refuge at her uncle’s seaside cottages to ride out a storm of her own making and Matt, weighed down by obligation to his parents, both return to Tomales Bay. Forced to share another summer in the small town that brought them together, will Hollis and Matt be able to move beyond the echo of their past and into a future filled with ever after?

A Tracy Ewens book is a book I know that I will enjoy. I have read all but the first in her A Love Story series and each one gets better. Vacancy is no different. I think I am particularly found of this one as it took me out of a months long reading slump and I read it in one sitting. Hollis Jeffries is a bad ass business chick with a vice presidency and a corner office at a high end investment firm. Then one bad business move makes her question everything and she heads to her uncle’s small town to try to figure it all out. There she runs into her old love Matthew Locke. Their parting was not sweet and seeing him again is the last thing Hollis needs.

Tracy Ewens can turn a lot of emotion with little effort. Her writing is full of depth and Vacancy shows this very well. I actually connected with Matt more than Hollis and he was a fantastic character. It is nice to see a male lead written with heart, and he has it in spades.

I will always recommend Tracy Ewens books, as they just resonate with me. Yes, they are all contemporary romances, so you know the two main characters will get together in the end, but it is the path she takes them on that makes me love reading them. Unique and nuanced, each of her books is special.

You can check out Vacancy here.




This review contributed by 125 Pages. Laura is an addict. She reads 5-8 books a week. In addition to writing her own book reviews, she frequents other book review and blogger sites for just that little bit more.

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