Michelle wants a happily ever after, house in the suburbs complete with white picket fence, kids, and adoring husband. After getting dumped via group “reply all” email she decides to just date around. CJ seems like the perfect guy, except he’s seen her at her worst. And he is anti-commitment. He thinks Michelle is as jaded about marriage as he is, because she has a part time second job as a honeypot for a local PI. Once they start hooking up, though, things change for both of them.
What I liked: Michelle, for the most part. And I loved her friendships with Jan and Sammi. I liked CJ sometimes – it took a while. The book was entertaining, though.
What I didn’t like: It took a LONG time to like CJ. He just didn’t resonate with me in the beginning. But what really bugged me was the ending. Was what he did sweet and romantic and thoughtful? Definitely. But the instantaneous 180 in attitude from Michelle left me scratching my head. Give him a chance? Sure. But for them to go from sleeping together a couple times, to barely speaking, right to declarations of love was off-putting. I could easily see it happening in the future but the timeline here was rushed.
Overall: A funny, entertaining book worth reading. I enjoyed it but didn’t love it.
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Firefighter Ryan responds to a fire at the local adult toy factory in his small town of Happy Cat. The owner, former child star Savannah, is away and her game developer sister Cassie is in charge in her absence. She is super uncomfortable with all the products, and can’t even bring herself to say the words. She recognizes Ryan right away as the guy who broke her heart in high school and vows to stay away from him. He can’t believe how much she has changed, has no idea he broke her heart, and is determined to go out with her. Throw in a clingy, kleptomaniac raccoon named George Cooney, an ex brother in law who likes sheep a little too much, and an arsonist, and life in this small Alabama town is anything but boring.
What I liked: This was hilarious! All the humor, dialogue, and “that just happened?!” you’d expect from a Pippa Grant book. Cassie is brilliant and hard working – she has to be in order to do her regular job remotely while keeping her sister’s company from going under despite heavy opposition from the conservative townspeople. Ryan is a good guy, too. He is locked into “protector” mode all the time, whether it’s for Cassie, his brothers, or the people in his town.
What I didn’t like: I can’t really think of anything
Overall: Hilarious. Sweet. Ryan and Cassie are adorable.
Pippa Grant is a stay-at-home mom and housewife who loves to escape into sexy, funny stories way more than she likes perpetually cleaning toothpaste out of sinks and off toilet handles. When she’s not reading, writing, sleeping, or trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, she’s fantasizing about chocolate chip cookies.