Ivy Entwined by Laura Simcox

Posted August 9, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Ivy Entwined by Laura SimcoxIvy Entwined by Laura Simcox
Series: Something to Celebrate
Format: eARC
Published by Macmillan Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fiancé is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.

Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.

As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts.

I thought the premise of this book was kind of cute. I don’t know about you but I love the idea of small towns, my husband grew up in a small town and he assures me I wouldn’t enjoy actually living in one, but in books I love them. I love the added drama element of everyone in town knowing everyones business, I really love it when the town itself becomes its own character in the book, so I had high hopes for this small town. Plus I thought maybe the added element of the future Megamart being built would add for some interesting drama, and the fact that Ivy’s ex-fiance is the town planner to Ivy’s mayor, just screamed an opportunity for some fun scenes between the two of them.

I would love to say why I thought this book was just okay, but honestly I don’t have much of an opinion about it. It’s rare that a book doesn’t evoke strong feelings in me. Don’t get me wrong, in no way did I think this book was bad, because the writing isn’t bad at all, I think maybe the characters just didn’t speak to me, and I didn’t make the kind of connection I usually do with characters.

I do think that there is some truly funny parts within the book, mainly because on character interaction. The town is full of crazy characters, Marcus’ uncle and his chicken car comes to mind, and so does Ivy’s grandmother who has absolutely no problem with speaking her mind. I think if you enjoy a big cast of characters that how truly loud personalities then this would be a book that you would enjoy.

As for the romance element in the book, Ivy and Marcus doesn’t have the kind of chemistry that I normally go for. I didn’t feel like they had any kind of magnetic pull to them. But that being said it was an interesting evolution between the two of them, the dynamic between her job and his goals creates for some interesting situations and some miscommunications.

I do think this book easily has an audience, especially people who love small town books, this one definitely fits into that parameter. Unfortunately for me, this book just didn’t work for me the way I wanted it to. The writing is good though, so if the synopsis speaks to you, you should think about checking this book out.

About Laura Simcox

After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, with a few of those years also spent as a college instructor, Laura abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy office chair at a second hand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels! Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. She writes contemporary, light novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny, sexy dialogue. Still, the love story is the focus and Laura has a huge soft spot for a sappy, happy ending.

Laura lives in North Carolina with her husband (true love is real!) and her adorable, high energy four year old son who is currently obsessed with How to Train Your Dragon. And that’s cool, because she trains her own little dragon every single day. For escape, she flits around on social media, so come say hi!

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