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- Print Length: 306 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601831358
- Publisher: eKensington (November 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2013
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D98D0H0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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Funniest meet cute ever. Well, not necessarily a “meet” since they have known each other forever. And not so much “cute” as painful for at least one participant. But it is definitely funny and I will allow you to discover it yourself.
But here is the story. Georgiana (George) and Casey grew up together in small town America. George had a crush on her older sister’s friend Casey. Unbeknownst to George, Casey had a thing about her. Alas, Casey, being the noble sort, decided that George was too young and he must not act on his attraction. Except for that one memorable kiss on a memorable summer day.
Time has passed. George is writing a blog, a somewhat popular blog, about love. Or rather, antilove. She has just ended a long-term relationship and let’s just say it wasn’t a positive experience for her. That is, the relationship wasn’t positive. The aftermath and the blog have been very positive.
George is living in Boston now and is quite happy, at least as happy as she feels she needs to be. Then circumstances require her to get back to Marsden, the hometown she left 15 years ago, never to even visit again. Between an older sister who needs help and a current roommate who leaves her unexpectedly and suddenly homeless, the timing is right and George bites the bullet and returns.
Yep. Marsden is just like it was when she left it. Everybody knows everything (and if they don’t, they have no problem making it up) and everybody else. There are no secrets. And everybody now has texting capability so the race is on to share all you know.
George and Casey, as stated above, have an interesting reintroduction. And the feelings are still there. Feelings the one doesn’t know the other has.
“And he had hardly changed on iota, except…there was more. More of him, but not in an ‘Oh wow, he really let himself go’ way. No, just the opposite: more muscles, more eye twinkles, more…presence. Just more of everything that had made him irresistible to her years ago. It was as if he was magnified into someone even more…Casey-ish. And that made her forget how to speak. Just like back in high school. “
Casey’s feeling about George are just as passionate, just as strong. I love a man who loves a woman with a brain and a backbone.
“He didn’t realize she’d gotten under his skin until he started his senior year. As a sophomore, George had blossomed into a beautiful, waiflike creature. But the only think delicate about George was the way she looked. Inside she was all sharp intellect that could cut you at twenty paces if you weren’t careful. Having a conversation with her was like walking through a minefield – you had to have your entire route mapped out, or you’d be blown to smithereens.”
Now, George has a great outlook on life. She is funny and giving and warm. When she comes home to help her sister out, there are acknowledged issues between them. Serafina (Sera), the older sister, has never left Marsden, and George thought she never wanted to leave. But Sera might have had different thoughts, different plans.
There is a lot going on in this book, and it all dovetails very nicely. It is not just two beautiful people who have nothing to do but reacquaint and fall in love. There is baggage that needs to be dealt with. There are perceptions that need to be proved or dispelled. There are jobs and new projects, new endeavors. There are old loves who pop up, some with good intentions and some with bad intentions. There are people who care about them who try to help, and do help to varying degrees of helpfulness.
This is the first of a series. I have no idea how many are planned. But I do know that the second one is already out and I downloaded it immediately after I finished this. I can’t remember ever doing that before.
I recieved this book as a freebie, through BookBub. I wasn't sure about it at first because #1--I hadn't ever heard of this author before, and #2---I wasn't sure about the story line after reading the synopsis. But let me tell you; I loved this book so much! I have never laughed so hard, or so many different times, as I did throughout this book.
I won't go into giving you the whole story line thing...others have already done that in their reviews, and betwwen those and the synopsis, it explains it much better than I can.
But I will say:
Is that I loved reading all the blogs, as well as the letters that were sent in asking for George's advice. Most of them had me laughing until I cried.
And that I loved all of Marsden's townspeople. They were all very hilarious, in their own special ways. I grew up in a small town just like this, so I can attest that this is exactly what goes on in these kind of quaint little towns. People can drive you crazy most of the time with all their nosy, buttinski ways....but then again; those same people will be the first to step in and help you out in your time of need.
I also love the fact that, this was virtually a very clean romance story. The author would take you right there, and then let you use your own imagination from there, which I find very refreshing for a change.
And while I don't mind it at all as long as it's not over the top, but some of you may;
There was some profanity, but it wasn't over the top at all, and .....it was used in a way that made the story just that much more funny. I can't really explain it, but if you do decide to read the story..... you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
This author had the ability to take several situations, involving so many different people at the same time, and weave them all so brillantly into a very fantastic and entertaining story. She also was able to make me feel all the emotions her characters were going through, at any given time throught the story.
As I understand it...this is the first of a series. I have no idea how many books are planned for this series. But I do know that the second one is already out, and I downloaded it immediately after I finished this. I am so glad to know that Celia is involved in that one, because I sort of felt sorry for her and what she was put through in this one.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you like a good, clean romance story, that's also filled with lots of laughter.
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