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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: She's My Kind of Girl by Jennifer Dawson + Song Selection

Hands down one of my favorite small town romance series!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: September 27, 2016

The only thing Darcy Miller ever wanted more than gorgeous troublemaker Griffin Strong was to shake off the dust of small-town Revival, Illinois, and head to the big city—even if she had to leave him behind. Ten years later, Darcy is the ultimate New Yorker, writing a sex blog and living on designer cocktails and the pulse of urban life. That is, until she hears that Revival plans to seize her mother’s house right after the holidays, thanks to the new mayor—who is none other than Darcy’s ex…

Griffin couldn’t have asked for a more dangerous Christmas gift. Curvy, sassy Darcy is every bit as delectable as the wild child she was in high school—and just as determined to stir up problems. But Griffin learned long ago to straighten up and fly right in order to make changes in the town he loves. Keeping his reputation wholesome is a big part of that. If only Darcy didn’t make him want to take his place on the naughty list with her, right under the mistletoe…

I just adore the Something New series more and more and that includes this novella. Basically Darcy Miller is forced to come home to Revival in order to try and help her mother keep her home from being seized, all part of the new plan the mayor has to turn the small town into something more than a cliché. The mayor who happens to be Darcy’s ex whom she left behind 10 years ago in order to pursue her dreams and get away from her upbringing. Griffin Strong, once bad boy turned mayor has to keep his reputation clean if he wants to bring changes to his hometown but Darcy is definitely the one that got away and these two definitely have unfinished business between them.

Jennifer Dawson really does set the bar high for small town romances and this is why! She’s My Kind of Girl has the small town setting with a big city vibe and I never feel like I’m being suffocated with all the characteristics that go with a small town romance.

I didn’t want to like Griffin. I was totally Team Darcy when the story began, mostly because I completely identified with her need to get away from small town life and just be her own person.

However, I started to see his side of their love story and I couldn’t help but concede that he had a point too. Griffin was still the same bad boy Darcy knew when they were teenagers except he kept it hidden with a layer of professionalism that Darcy took as a betrayal of who they were then. I loved how Griffin managed to balance out who he was deep down with the level of maturity he had to attain in order to get the town of Revival to accept him as Mayor. He was almost the entire package of charm, smarts, and foul mouthed lover. Yes, you read right. Upstanding Mayor Griffin Strong has a dirty mouth and it was just what this reader ordered.

That’s not to say I jumped ship on Team Darcy because I didn’t. Darcy totally had a point in getting away from Revival but she was still living in the past, with all her insecurities and hurt feelings. She’s My Kind of Girl was more her chance to face it, grow up in a way and have what she always wanted: Griffin. But all that was part of why I liked her so much, she chased her dreams no matter what, was successful, but she was vulnerable and insecure in one major area of her life and that was her biggest obstacle. Jennifer Dawson did a great job making this novella feel like one of her full length books without making it seem like it was incomplete due to length limits. It was hot, it was fun, and you get to revisit with some of the past characters, including my favorites, James and Gracie!

Final Verdict: Since a full length novel in the series is in the works, She’s My Kind of Girl is the perfect appetizer for the new reader or a snack to hold off familiar readers until the buffet comes to town. Yes, I was hungry when I wrote this review.

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