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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ARC Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

Who loves small town romances? I admit, I can be a little picky when it comes to the meddling, gossipy small town but Jaci Burton has such a way of creating a likable setting with fun characters that I keep coming back for more!

Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Jove
Release Date: March 31, 2015

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer thinks math teacher Chelsea Gardner is smart and fun in addition to being beautiful but when he finds out she’s developing a foolproof list to help her find “The One,” he thinks it’s ridiculous. Bash offers to help Chelsea find her perfect man just to prove that her list is useless and that’s when lines get blurred…

Bash has been one of my book crushes since he first appeared in Hope Ignites. He’s both the tough guy and softie but you just don’t know what side will come out or when. His soft spot for a little dog justified my immense crush on this guy. I never get tired of saying it: A man who cares for animals will always end up on my crush list, but I also like a guy who can laugh at life and at himself once in awhile which Bash had no problem doing. He had a sneaky sense of humor that popped up at odd times and sometimes provided some unintended amusement.

Chelsea wasn’t what I expected for a teacher. She was surprisingly disillusioned and headed toward bitterness when it came to relationships. Of course, that made her way more interesting to me. Watching her open up to a new possibility was interesting, she fought it hard and just when it seemed like she was starting to accept what was happening between her and Bash, the rug gets pulled out from under her. Again. She had some interesting reactions throughout the story.

These two didn’t seem like they’d fit as a couple, Chelsea wanted her version of “Mr. Right” and Bash wanted to be “Mr. Right Now” yet as they progressed into their fun only relationship, they just seemed so natural as a couple. Of course, everyone saw it but Bash and Chelsea, stubborn people that they were. There wasn’t a whole lot of drama in their relationship, which I appreciated because neither character seemed like the dramatic sort.

Since Love After All is a small town romance, I got to see Carter and Molly, Logan and Des, Luke and Emma, and my favorites: Boomer, Daisy and Annie, Luke and Emma’s dogs again! I’m a dog person so I just love it when a couple shares a love for dogs, so naturally Luke and Emma are my favorite couple. Still, Bash and Chelsea’s unlikely romance is a great addition to one of the few small town romance series that I enjoy. Author Jaci Burton certainly has a talent for making small towns seem appealing.

Final Verdict: When is Luke and Logan's brother going to get his story? He's been a mystery from the beginning!!!

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  1. I am such a sucker for small-town romance stories. Which is funny, because I think I would had to live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business. But I just love to read about them. I've not read Jaci Burton, but clearly I need to make that a priority.

    Bash as a nickname, though, kind of sucks. In my opinion anyway.

  2. I love it when I story is so good that you crave for one of the secondary characters.

  3. Jaci also does a great sports romance series. I can't stand sports but these don't really focus too much on the sports part.

    And yeah, I would have liked him to use his full name cause I happen to like the name Sebastian.


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