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Now And Always (Crown Creek) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 570 KB
- Publication Date : February 12, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 342 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0844S381M
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #846,073 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Claire and Ethan have been best friends since they first met in middle school. Ethan was a bookish student and faced considerable bullying from the Knight brothers who lived on “the other side of town.” Claire has always been a planner with a need to control, both in her own life and the lives of her friends, but she's become a successful businesswoman because of those traits. Ethan is no slouch as an adult, having built his own woodworking business, but I felt a little sorry for him, with Claire always on his case about dating this girl or that girl, getting a haircut, yadda, yadda, yadda. But they bicker, they argue, and then they make up. It's kind of their thing.
After one particularly volatile argument, Claire's bad decisions come back to haunt her, and every plan she ever had for the future is shattered. Her actions bring together the two opposing sides of town and force Ethan to face his past, but he's still there to pick up the pieces for Claire, with his compassionate, steadfast support, as he's been his entire life.
Truthfully, I liked Claire less at the beginning of this book than I had liked her from previous books. She was just a bit too full of herself, bossy and opinionated with a know-it-all attitude, with nearly everyone in her life. Yet somehow, Leigh had me sympathizing with Claire and invested in seeing her problems work out as she found her HEA with Ethan. And that, my reader friend, is a true gift, when a writer can coax the reader into loving a less-than-likable character.
This book has so much to recommend it, from the touching and poignant (The ending! Gah, I was so proud of all the adulting!) to the perfect placement of humor throughout the story. There's one scene that turns on a dime from heat to humor when Claire and Ethan are babysitting and her brothers and their gals return during Claire and Ethan's . . . well, let’s call it ‘afterglow’. It's pure comedic gold, and another shining example of this writer's talent.
If you're new to this series, you can start anywhere because these books all stand alone. This is really a great one to start with because you get an introduction to all of the characters. They appear throughout, so you’ll get to know them enough that you won’t feel lost but you'll be eager to read their stories once you meet them here. If you like your romance with a little angst, but all the other elements present and accounted for, you'll love this book. Claire and Ethan's story has the perfect balance of humor, heat and heart, and that trifecta is where this writer excels. Come to Crown Creek and meet the King and Knight families right away, because there's more in store for these amazing characters and I can already tell it's going to be fantastic! (The next one will be JD Knight's story. Yes, *those* Knights.) Make sure you don’t miss this feisty heroine, this swoony hero, and their phenomenal, heartfelt, humorous, happy-sigh-inducing story!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.