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I was sucked in by the first page and just couldn't put this book down. Her writing has a way of pulling the reader in and making them feel as though they are right there watching the story unfold before their very own eyes. She makes you feel every single emotion these characters are going through, too. Both stories made me tear up more times than I'm willing to admit, but they also had me rolling with uncontrolled laughter, too. I cried with them, I laughed with them, and then I found myself rooting for all of them in the end. It taught me that no matter how bleak things may look right now, there's still a chance for you to find your dream one day down the road.
Her characters are just like us, everyday working stiffs, just trying to find a way to get by in life. Things happen to everyone, but some worse than others. Her characters may be down and out, but they still find a way to cheer each other up. The loveable zany characters had me rolling on the floor with laughter, throughout the entire book, and believe it or not.... even in some of the saddest parts of the book.
I would highly recommend both books!
Gabe & Betts are High school sweethearts. Gabe impregnates Betts and leaves her when he finds out. Betts detestable Grandmother takes the baby and sells it. Betts becomes a famous, rich, Country singer and 17 years later, after the death of her Grandmother finds her son, Tom who has been raised by none other than his real Father, Gabe.
Gabe and Betts vow their undying love for each other and their son over and over but it takes forever for them to get to the happy ending. These two never have a meaningful conversation; it's always flirting and sexual innuendo. There is lots of sex between them, too much for me. Betts Mother is a character and funny and tries to help her daughter along the way.
People in this book chew the inside of their cheeks a lot...I wonder how that feels
The story is a typical chick-lit romance trope. Nothing wrong with that though, there is a reason those tropes stand the test of time. Reunited lovers, who had a baby as teens, yup that is a delightful classic!
I love Betts, she is fantastic! There is something more than a little likeable about her. She breaks your heart then makes you giggle the next moment. You really want to route for her.
Gabe is a yummy cowboy. I wanted to see the fences mended in the worst kind of way. He seriously grew up from his youthful stupidity.
The banter between Betts and Gabe is incredible. I loved them together, they were great even when they were still mad at each other. They are a perfect pair and you want to see them work it all out. Add to the top of that the quirky supporting cast. Love her Mama and best friends. Can not wait to see how this series plays out.
The narrative is mixed, you get both leads POV and the teen romance as well. It is great to see it all play out and a little bit of history repeating itself. It is a great story that I could read again.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pam Dougherty, who is amazing!! The characters have southern accents, but they are doe with a light touch. Such a delight to listen to the smooth tones and swift pace. She really gets all the amusing moments and brings them to life in a brilliant manner. She has terrific energy that brings all the emotion to life. I am definitely looking for more of her reads!!
Overall this is a great book. Fun chick-lit with a touch of emotion. I can not wait to read HEA for Charlie and Lucky!!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts. opinions and ratings are my own.
The characters are interesting and the dialogue is both thought-provoking and humorous.
'She could wrestle a rutting buck with one hand and bit@@-slap a rattlesnake with the other.'
'I have to hand it to you, it was brilliant to pit the town’s churches against each other.'
'Everyone has regrets. Life isn’t about counting those and rehashing them, it’s about loving who you are and finding your place. You were born extraordinary—that is your normal. Let go of the ideal because no one can measure up.'
No desire to re-read this story. I am interested in other works by this author.