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Everything she felt was right there, splashed across his wide blue eyes: a dash of “what the hell just happened,” mixed with a splash of “holy shit, we really shouldn’t have done that,” and shaken with a double shot of “when can we do it again?”

It was a cocktail for disaster that Kate couldn’t wait to get drunk on, but— ugh, why did there have to be a “but”?

After being sidelined at work for too long, Kate happily accepts the tough job of revamping an old fishing resort in the middle of nowhere. She hopes that her boss will be impressed with her hard work and initiative and reward her with the job of general manager once the resort reopens. The information she was given told her a lot about the history and location of the resort, but nothing about the owner. She never expected it would be her ex-husband

Liam is just how she remembers: charming, funny, good looking, and incredibly frustrating. After playing professional baseball for several years, an injury forced him to take time off. Time off that he’s choosing to spend at his family’s fishing resort. He knew someone was coming in to help with the renovations, but he had no idea it would be his ex-wife.

Luckily, Kate is a professional and doesn’t let her feelings about being left in a Las Vegas motel room and receiving divorce papers by mail get in the way of doing her job. Liam, on the other hand, is less than thrilled with his decision. He knows he made a huge mistake all those years ago, and fully intends to make up for it.

This is my fourth book by Laura Drewry. I think by now I know that I’m pretty much definitely going to enjoy anything that she writes. I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, and I’m pretty sure I’ll say it again: The best thing about her books is the characters. Every one of them is a living, breathing person with completely unique characteristics. They’re all complete people who don’t rely solely on their partner for their existence.

I (usually) do not like angsty romances, so I was happy to find that this is relatively low on that scale. It has just the right amount to keep things interesting, but not so much that I wanted to bang my head against the wall.

I was also charmed by Liam’s two brothers and their friend Jessie. I hope that all three get their own books in this series.

As always, a great contemporary romance by Laura Drewry.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

Thanks to Netgalley and Loveswept for the ARC!

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I’m a really big fan of Laura Drewry’s Friends First series, so I was really excited to be invited to review How Forever Feels.  This installment follows Maya, who we’ve previously seen mending her broken heart after her divorce.

Maya’s got a good heart, but it’s still taken her a long time to open herself up again after finding out that her beloved husband had been cheating on her.  But now, two years later, she’s getting ready to put herself out there again… and in walks Jack, her ex-husband’s best friend.  Maya met Jack shortly before she met her future ex-husband, Will.  While she always thought that Jack was simply introducing her to Will at that long-ago party, it turns out he’d actually been flirting with her!  Jack has always harbored secret feelings for Maya, but given all that Will’s family has done for him through the years, he never acted on them. But now, with Maya feeling herself drawn to Jack as well, the two of them must figure out how deep their feelings go and whether a relationship is worth the inevitable fall-out.

When I read books by Laura Drewry, I know that I’m in for a good experience.  This is my third book by her (somehow I missed Plain Jayne, but I’ll get there eventually!) and I liked it just as much as the last two.  She has a talent for writing realistic, likable characters in unusual, yet not unbelievable situations.

The only thing that didn’t sit quite right with me was Jack’s blind loyalty to Will’s family, who seem to take advantage of and emotionally manipulate him at every chance they get.  Maybe with more backstory or flashbacks, this would have been more clear.  But aside from that, great as always.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy!

Final rating: ★★★★☆

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Ellie Palmer doesn’t get along with the police. Not only is she the queen of speeding tickets, but whenever she’s needed help from the police, she’s been let down. So she’s not too thrilled when Officer Brett Hale pulls her over to tell her she’s going 20 km/hr over the posted speed limit, and also that her license has been suspended. Now, not only does she have to take a remedial driving course, but she also has to find a new way to get around.

Thanks, Brett.

Ellie and Brett have been in the same circle of friends for years, so when her dangerous ex starts bothering her again, Brett is the natural choice to protect her. As they spend more time together and get to know each other, Ellie realizes that Brett isn’t as bad as he seemed. Ellie and Brett fall hard for each other – but being together is impossible, since it would jeopardize both his career and the case against Ellie’s ex.

Accidentally in Love is the second book I’ve read by Laura Drewry, and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, I think I liked it a little better than Prima Donna. In both of the books, Drewry creates such lifelike characters that I feel like I actually know them, like they could be my friends. And I think that’s my favorite part of her books. They feel real.

This was a really quick read that made me really happy. After the emotional rollercoaster of the last book I read, this was just what I needed. Accidentally in Love has cemented my status as a huge fan of Laura Drewry’s work, and I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the invitation to read this ARC.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

For my 2015 reading challenge, I’m crossing off #13: a book set in a different country

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Prima Donna is a twist on your average new adult, in which a feisty hairdresser and a playboy pediatrician fall in love.

Regan Burke’s world is falling apart. Her mother’s medical bills were already difficult to handle, but now her landlord has decided to sell the salon space she rents. The last thing she wants is to be forced into having a good time, but then Carter Scott shows up as she’s packing, and the next thing she knows, she’s actually enjoying his company. But when Carter offers Regan a temporary job at his clinic, it’s strictly professional – hands off. But what if Regan and Carter are just what the other needs?

The story builds nicely and the characters are well-developed. Despite that, I didn’t feel a strong connection to anything that was happening, which is reflected in my rating. There wasn’t anything overtly wrong, so I feel a little bad about not liking it as much as I wanted to. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been reading a lot of books like this recently and I’m getting a little burned out.

The thing that I appreciated the most was that Laura Drewry really nailed what it’s like to work in a medical office. The crazy things that happen, the way patients act, the way the family of the patient acts… it’s like she was pulling directly from my memories!

Prima Donna is recommended for anybody who enjoys a cute romance. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the free copy.

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