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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Head Over Heels by Jennifer Dawson

Warning: This book may burst into flames due to the two main characters’ hotter than hell chemistry. Make sure you have ice water handy.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: September 26, 2017

Country and city, strapping and petite—these new neighbors have literally nothing in common. Are the fireworks crackling between them pure irritation—or something a whole lot hotter?

With her professional reputation in tatters—and her boss in jail—Sophie Kincaid has no choice but to move to small-town Revival, Illinois, until the dust settles, where her best friends have arranged a job and a house for her. For six months, she’s pretty sure she can handle anything—even her new landlord and neighbor, Ryder Moore. A magnetic 6’4” deputy sheriff, Ryder’s good looks and habit of flirting with intent to seduce are an infuriating distraction—and, to Sophie’s alarm, an undeniable temptation.

Ryder knows Sophie’s type—entitled city girl—and it’s not one of his favorites. Add in her snarky sass and her propensity for trouble and she’s not exactly his ideal tenant. But something about the curvy little blonde fires Ryder’s imagination, not to mention his desire. Soon enough their verbal sparring seems like a prelude to something much more physical—and far more pleasurable. Is love right around the corner—or just right next door?

What’s it About? Sophie Kincaid has had to temporarily move back home to the small town of Revival, Illinois after her boss lands in jail for embezzling and Sophie’s professional reputation is in pieces. For the next six months Sophie will be working for the city and renting a house until she can go back to Chicago and pick up her life as she knew it. The one problem with her plans is her landlord/neighbor Ryder Moore. From the moment they meet they can’t seem to stop aggravating each other. Ryder’s flirty charm gets on Sophie’s nerves but at the same time she’s tempted to give in to the attraction.

Overall reaction to the story? Jennifer Dawson will charm you with her small town romance and her fun, flirty characters! Head Over Heels is the sexiest, hottest book of the Something New series. I loved the chemistry between Ryder and Sophie and the way their relationship took a different route to that happy ending . The plot is fun, the pace is great, and that warm feeling of home is present from start to finish, making this series one of the few small town romances I just HAVE to have on my kindle.

Describe the hero in five words: Sexy. Charming. Fun. Intelligent. Loyal.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Ryder was a genuinely good guy. He was the type of guy you could depend on if you find yourself in trouble. He loved his family and wanted to do right by them. He helped his friends when they needed it and through it all had this irresistible sense of humor and charm. Ryder looked like a bad boy but it was all for appearances because this guy had a heart of gold. Of course, he did have that one flaw where he liked to pick at Sophie until she got seriously angry at him but hey, he was never mean about it. He was the adult version of a boy on the playground pulling the pigtails of the girl he likes. It’s cute in an annoying way.

Describe the heroine in five words: Driven. Snarky. Smart. Stylish. Fun.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Sophie’s my kind of girl. She was a professional and she was a success at being a professional. Sophie was like a fish out of water in Revival but that didn’t make her less independent or capable of handling her own problems. Her one flaw was that she was too independent and she didn’t know how to just let go and let someone else help her when things got to be too overwhelming. Even when she would talk with Maddie and Penelope she would only listen for so long before she shut down and put on her “I-Can-Handle-This-Myself” attitude.

Let’s talk about the romance: Oh boy, Ryder and Sophie all but set the pages on fire the second they met. These two had such a hot courtship that included a lot of baiting and arguing. It was their form of foreplay and man did it work for them! These two fought like cats and dogs but that didn’t make their romance any less appealing. It wasn’t all bickering and sex though. Ryder and Sophie had moments that were sweet and tender and that’s what truly had me believing in them as a couple. As hot as their physical chemistry was, I knew that once Sophie got a chance to be on the receiving end of Ryder’s good heart, she’d have a hard time leaving him behind when her six months were up.

How about that supporting cast? All of the previous characters from the previous books make an appearance in Head Over Heels which wasn’t surprising because Sophie belongs to a very close group of friends and the connections within that group can get a little confusing at times. I love the warmth and unconditional support they give one another even as they’re delivering a bit of harsh truth. These characters all care about each other and want everyone to have a good life, and of course, lots of fun. It was great to check in with them again.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Ryder and Sophie’s unusual but hot as heck romance is just what the doctor ordered.

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