Released: July 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Paige Morrison's life went south when she lost her job, apartment, and boyfriend in the blink of an eye. Now she has nowhere to go, but South, literally: Carabelle, Florida, where her parents retired. Paige's bohemian style marks her as an outsider, but not all the natives are hostile. Brendan King, the hunky local mechanic, helps her get a job-at a funeral parlor! --and is keeping her cranky jeep off the terminal list. But that's not the only place sparks are flying! All of a sudden, Paige's dead end is looking like a beginning...
Paige Morrison has had a rough time of late. First she lost her best friend/roommate, then she lost her job at a marketing firm which leads to not being able to keep her apartment. She moves is temporarily with her long term boyfriend only to find out he’s done with her too. Left sullen and licking her wounds she moves to Mirabelle, Florida and in with her retired parents. In this small town, her free spirited ways are quickly noticed and some make her an outcast for not fitting in.
Brendan King and his grandfather own the local garage. As a local, he has had to deal with the gossip and rumors spread about him and his family. Because of this, his protective streak is brought to the forefront upon meeting the smart-mouthed Paige. He immediately tries to help her navigate her new life in Mirabelle and pulls her into his tight group of friends and family.
I think it’s entirely refreshing to read a story where relationship which is mostly cheerful and there not be a ton of external stressors to complicate the plot. The banter between Paige and Brendan is fun to read. It’s also nice to see a man who hasn’t been seriously been interested in someone start to woo a girl right from their initial meeting. It’s like an old fashioned courtship with modern groundings. That being said, there are some in the last quarter of the book and they are significant to the happy ever after. I’m not even going to lie, I sobbed like a baby. It was horribly sad but contributes to a firmer foundation with the characters.
While this is the first of the Country Roads series, I actually read the subsequent two books before this one. I love the characters, both primary and secondary, and how they are interrelated to one another. This isn’t my favorite of the series so I’m glad to have not started with it, however, I’m happy to finally get Paige and Brendan’s story. This is group of friends are easily relatable especially if you’re family with small town life. The story has a familiar feel without being stale. I can’t get enough of the series or the ease of the stories.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.