I love how unique each of this author’s books feel; they all have completely different vibes, so I never know what to expect going in. That means that certain releases resonate with me more than others, and this particular one wasn’t a great fit – for me. It’s still a solid small town romance with a relationship that builds along the way, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I’m not a huge fan of couples who are convinced that they can keep feelings out of the equation, especially for the length of time this story encompasses. But I did love all of the dialogue, the playful tone, and the definite small town feel.
The story follows Audria, a woman who finds herself living in a rural community for a year. Audria’s teaching assignment is in the last place she’d hope to live, but this city girl is willing to deal with the farm town – at least temporarily. Which means the immediate attraction she feels to hometown hottie, Reeve, is all kinds of problematic. The good news? He’s not interested in catching feelings either. While the two agree to keep things platonic, that’s easier said than done as the sparks continue to fly between them.
My favorite part of the book is all of the dialogue, and the easy conversation that flows between Audria and Reeve. They’ve got some great chemistry, and there are some seriously steamy moments in here. It’s not so much a slow burn as it is instalust that’s held back until these two finally give in. I would’ve liked a little more buildup and don’t think that the pacing did this any favors. Since Audria is in town for a year, the book spans several months, and we sometimes miss days or weeks where there were significant changes to the relationship or moments that could’ve been developed better. That paired with Audria and Reeves’ continued insistence that they’d be able to sever ties without heartache left me feeling a little disconnected. The writing is solid overall, and I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I can’t say that it’s one of my favorites from the author. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this small town romance.
From USA Today & Amazon Top 10 bestselling author Harloe Rae comes a heartfelt friends-to-lovers romance that delivers uplifting entertainment full of punny humor, undeniable chemistry, witty banter, and feel-good comfort.
I’m a city girl—born and raised.
My plans for the future include a towering high-rise that overlooks the hustle and bustle.
Living in farm country? That possibility never had a place on my bucket list.
Enter Reeve Colton—local bachelor and shameless flirt.
Bumping into him on my introductory stroll down Main Street is a delicious housewarming treat.
The small-town charm of Bampton Valley begins sinking in that afternoon.
Maybe this temporary relocation is a blessing in disguise.
It turns out Reeve and I have more in common than our mutual appreciation for good barbecue.
Don’t even get me started on his magnetic personality and ridiculous good looks.
Striking a bargain with him is a no-brainer.
What starts as a bit of fun becomes complicated in a hurry.
But that won’t change the inevitable.
When my contract is done, I’ll be leaving him—and Bampton Valley—behind.
Leave Him Loved is a total standalone, heartwarming romance. Prepare yourself for heaps of swoon, hilarious dialogue, never-ever dates, and country charm that will leave you smiling.
About the Author:
Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 best-selling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.
She’s a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. There’s nothing quite like an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.
Harloe is the author of the Reclusive series, Watch Me Follow, the #BitterSweetHeat series, Ask Me Why, the Silo Springs series, and Left For Wild. These titles are available on Amazon.
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