Series: Country Roads #1
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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
After 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?
Ah small towns, they all have their appeals, but everyone know when you live in a small town everyone knows everything. Paige is a big city gal, she was born in Philly and up until recently was happy living there with her roommate best friend and the boyfriend she thought she was in love with. Before she knows it, she lost her job, her roommate moved to another city, and her boyfriend tells her he will never love her. Talk about some rough things to deal with in a short amount of time. Her only option is to move back in with her parents who moved to a small town in Florida to live out their retirement.
Enter Paige’s version of hell. Paige is loud, colorful, and has a bit of a temper combined with a smart mouth. To say the people of Mirabelle, FL have a hard time accepting her would be an understatement. There’s the nosy neighbor who thinks she’s a hippy growing pot and having orgies, and then there is the town gossip (who was fired from the newspaper for her tabloid type writing) who now has a blog and has set her sights on Paige. So things aren’t easy for Paige, until of course she meets Brendan and everything starts to turn around. They have instant chemistry, and he helps to get back on her feet in her new home.
Paige as a character is pretty likable to me. I like that she has a smart mouth, she is witty and sarcastic, and definitely someone I would be friends with. I like that she likes bright colors (her art studio is lime green and don’t even get me started about all the references to her brightly colored clothing), and for me that’s a win, after all my favorite color is bright pink and my living room is like bright rainforest green. I like that’s she’s strong, and I like that she really took her time getting to know Brendan. Everyone in town may have believed that Paige was a so-called harlot, but she was in no way skanky.
Brendan is also my kind of guy. He is protective of Paige, who doesn’t like a guy who will defend his girl’s honor. He is good to Paige’s parents, and has a good respectful relationship with them. Plus he has a great relationship with his family and his friends, which is a good show of character. He’s a self-made man, he didn’t just get handed a good life, everyone in his family worked hard to get where they are and Brendan is no different.
The secondary characters are great in this book. The judgmental people within the small town are so vivid and really play a big role in the story and how things go for Paige, and the author did a really good job of evoking an emotional response from me, I seriously hated these people. I liked Brendan’s friends, I’m 99% sure that the next book in the series will deal with one of the friends, so it makes sense that the author would make everyone so vivid and likable. It really helped the book along to have such strong secondary characters.
This book had humor, sarcasm, heartbreak, sweetness, and true friendship, all on top of a love-story. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun romance, or anyone who knows anything about what it’s like to live in a small town.