Author: Shannon Richard
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2013
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Rating: Three stars
Summary: Things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida:
Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot
Why a shop would ever sell something called "buck urine"
Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King
losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice
but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an
artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in the tightly knit town
isn't easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who's interested in
much more than Paige's car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find
a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn't sure she'd ever feel
again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call
Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive,
or will their love come undone?
Review: 2.5 stars. A fluffy book that tries to be a bit more than the average romance but doesn't quite get there.
is down on her luck when she moves back down south from Philadelphia,
bruised from losing her job and the man she thought was the love of her
life. Quick to anger and prickly, she finds it hard to fit in now that
her parents are living in a small town where life moves a little slower.
Then she meets Brendan, who infuriates her but makes something kindle inside her, and of course, sparks fly.
get the idea that Richard didn't want to write just the typical boy
meets girl, angst happens, they end up together sort of romance. I
respect that, but the book felt a little haphazard in ways, with several
underlying plot lines being brought up as ongoing obstacles for Paige,
but not necessarily resolved by the end of the story. Not everyone is as
welcoming to Paige as Brendan, and small towns aren't without their
of the conflict actually happens after Paige and Brendan are happily
engaged and even married, which I don't really mind - not all romance
novels need to have these milestones be the reward at the end! However,
this book fell victim to what I refer to as the whirlwind-romance, and
it would have been nice if there had been a little bit more depth to the
interaction at the beginning of the book, instead of the feeling that
the relationship is developing mostly because of chemistry.
tragedy in the book felt a bit shoehorned in, almost, a way to insert
the conflict that almost separates the couple at the end of the story.
It still touched me, though - pancreatic cancer is nasty, and it's taken
two of my family members. Seeing Trevor and his family members struggle
with its reality made me sad, though the time spent on the progress was
not what he deserved, in my opinion.
do feel that some more time spent on fleshing out this book and really
developing it could have been so worthwhile. The outlines are there
already, they just need some editing and work - the book could have been
a really solid story if it hadn't clung so much to the romantic
outline, and instead put more meat into the plot. Some of the conflict
felt a bit repetitive as the book went on.
Enjoyable as a light
fluffy piece to read for pure entertainment, but don't look for the
depth that some great romance books can bring.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in return for an honest review.