Let’s just say that this book needed a little more time in the oven, but I liked it a lot. I always binge Dangelico’s books in one sitting, and I had no trouble devouring this one. It held my attention the whole time, with a laidback vibe, likable characters, and a light, easy feel. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out the hero’s thoughts and feelings, and Dangelico knows how to write a lovable grump. The heroine made a great star, and she IS the star. This is her journey – the romance takes a backseat. Personally, I would’ve loved another 50-100 pages added on towards the end, because I was left with some questions. We only get the heroine’s perspective, and I’m still kind of clueless about what the hero was thinking the whole time. So, while I really enjoyed this as I was reading it, I got to the end and felt like there were some pieces missing.
The story follows Blue, a woman who left the city behind after she was physically assaulted. While she used to love her job as a paramedic, putting herself in harm’s way no longer appeals. So she’s been working at an animal sanctuary for awhile now, and the small town, country life suits her. But when an actor comes to the sanctuary to complete some community service and escape the spotlight, things change. The hot mess of a man has brought along his jerk of a brother, and they don’t seem to like each other. As Blue gets to know both men, she becomes drawn to one, but he’s closed off and has his own issues. The two become closer and walls start to come down, but that might not be enough this time around.
This was such a light, quick read. I really love Dangelico’s writing style, there is just something about the way she writes that works for me, and I have loved nearly every one of her books. I think I could’ve loved this one with another 50 pages, because I really did like the vast majority of it. Blue makes a great heroine and I loved the complexity of our hero. He is such an intriguing guy, and I was so curious about what made him tick. Their chemistry was great and the slow burn really worked for me, even when the focus wasn’t on the relationship itself. Both characters have rich backstories that I wish would’ve been explored further, and a few chapters from the hero’s perspective would’ve been appreciated. While I love trying to figure out a grumpy, broody hero, there just weren’t enough clues for me to know what he was thinking. I’m honestly still confused about a few things, and that’s never a great way to finish a book. Perhaps the final version reads a little better, but I’m left with 4-star enjoyment and 3-star feelings about the story itself. Overall, not a favorite from the author, but she’s set the bar very high in the past. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this small town romance.
Life comes at you fast and love comes out of the blue…
A small town romance about letting go of the past and learning to live in the moment.
Blue Baldwin takes no horse crap from anybody. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true. She does take horse crap. Piles of it. The real kind that is––not the metaphorical one. It kind of goes with the job description when you run a large animal rescue. What she does not take, however, is crap from an entitled movie star who needs to reform his rotten image.
Unfortunately, the farm she manages is in trouble and if she doesn’t raise the cash to save it she’ll be homeless along with the precious animals who depend on her. So she’ll grin and bear the King of Hollywood Screw Ups, and the assistant, and the overprotective brother he brings along. I mean, she takes care of large animals for a living. Isn’t that basically the same thing?
About the Author:
Paola Dangelico loves romance in all forms, pulp fiction, the NY Jets, and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse poop). She was born in Milan, Italy, grew up in New Jersey watching her father paint the covers of bestselling romance authors like Danielle Steel and Amanda Quick, and after a long stint on the left coast, she returned to the right coast to write about finding love in a modern world. Presently, she resides in New Jersey with her fur family.
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