Title: It Happened on Love Street
Author: Lia Riley
Publication: April 25th 2017
Synopsis: The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .
Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal’s plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn’t an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man’s best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland’s hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.
The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he’s been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper’s determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .
My Rating: 3/5 stars
I was provided an advanced reader copy of this book by Forever romance books in exchange for an honest review.
Let’s start off this review by stating that this is a contemporary romance novel with a happily ever after, a strong heroine, and a gentleman who falls head over heels for the heroine. It’s a small town romance so you can expect the fluffy bits and not much of a more complicated plot than that.
Pepper Knight, our female protagonist, is a lawyer who has the ambition to succeed because she believes she is the backbone of her family. Without a stable job and a sense of purpose, she believes her family will fall apart since her sister, Tuesday Knight, and her father are always following their unpractical dreams. So she has lived her whole life as being the sensible one that looks out for them. When a little mishap happens and her clerkship job is no longer available, she’s stuck walking the dogs in a small town known as Everland where she meets our male lead, Rhett Valentine.
Rhett has his fair share of a broken past. His mom passed away suddenly and his relationship with his father quickly soured after the dramatic event. To top it off, because of his circumstances and something I don’t want to spoil for my readers, he doesn’t believe in love (eye roll), and doesn’t want to be in a relationship.
However, sparks fly blah blah and they’re suddenly doing a fling with no strings attached.
What I enjoyed about this novel
- It’s light. Something you can pick up on a hot summer day and just breeze through
- There’s fluffy bits that make your heart skip
What I didn’t like about this novel
I’m going to start off my little rant by giving an analogy. Do you know how cotton candy is like? It’s fluffy and sweet and it looks like it’s a stable surface. But then you press against it and it caves in, causing you to realize that cotton candy was never as strong as it was and that it’s lying to you with its appearance.
That’s kind of how this book was. Everything was set up following the traditional small town romance novel which is totally fine. But the it gets too perfect or too sweet or too quirky. And you just feel cheated because it doesn’t seem original at all.
I had some problems with the characters as well. Pepper is the one that doesn’t want to be in the relationship by the end of it which is her own prerogative. Rhett already gave her his heart but then Pepper turns him down. I would have thought this to be the perfect opportunity for Lia Riley to make Pepper have an epiphany and realize that she’s being too cold and she needs love and its okay to not follow the original plans she set up for her life. But we don’t really get that. Instead, Rhett gets shit on by his friend and goes “well, you tried once an she turned you down so it must be you so you gotta try again and fight for it” kind of thing. And at that point, I’m just like….
Why does Rhett have to try to mend their relationship when he already gave her his heart on his sleeve? It’s Pepper who needs to mend things and realize things! She’s just being stubborn. Rhett already gave in full efforts and Pepper needs to pull in her weight.
Anyways, would I recommend this book?
I think I still will. If you’re looking for a book for mother’s day and your mom is okay with these sort of romances, then pick it up for her. But don’t expect it to blow you out of the water.