Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst

Title: The Start of Something Good
Author: Jennifer Probst
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Stay #1
Main Characters: Ethan and Mia
Release Date: June 2018
Publisher: Montlake
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
An enriching story of family ties, broken hearts, and second chances from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
When Ethan Bishop returns to the Hudson Valley, his body and spirit are a little worse for wear. As a former Special Forces paratrooper, he saw his fair share of conflict, and he came home with wounds, inside and out. At his sisters’ B & B and farm, he can keep all his pain at a safe distance. But quiet time isn’t easy when a fiery woman explodes into his life…
It’s business—not pleasure—that brings Manhattan PR agent Mia Thrush reluctantly to the farm. Tightly wound and quick tempered, Mia clashes immediately with the brooding Ethan. Everything about him is irritating—from his lean muscles and piercing blue eyes to his scent of sweat and musk.
But as the summer unfolds and temperatures rise, Ethan and Mia discover how much they have in common: their guarded histories, an uncontrollable desire, and a passion for the future that could heal two broken hearts. But will their pasts threaten their fragile chance at a brand-new future?
My Review:
This is the PERFECT book for a summer read. It takes place over the summer in a Northeast horse ranch. Mia is a NYC PR person who's handling the upcoming Mayorial race for a candidate. This candidate is doing everything he can to win the race so when his 19 yo gets into legal trouble at college, he sends Mia to watch over her for the summer and keep her out of trouble. 

At first, I really wasn't sure I was going to be able to ever like Mia. She's very much an NYC gal...doesn't like the outdoors or being out of her designer gear and refuses to let a single carb pass by her lips. She comes across as shallow and really vapid. Definitely not someone living in a quaint b&b attached to a horse farm and small town. She does not fit in here at all.

Ethan has just come home. He ran far away from his family ranch and his history away was a mystery to the reader for a while. The only thing you know is that he's come home because of a bad leg injury. 

Neither Ethan nor Mia can stand the sight of one another at the start of the book. They definitely rub one another wrong, but it wouldn't be a romance book without a gradual change there. 

There was tons to recommend this book about...the setting is gorgeous. There are some sweet little touches with Hei-Hei, the chicken and Wheezey, the dog. I really liked the touch of mystery about what really happened with Mia's 19 yo charge and the whole story that went along with that. I also really enjoyed the small town and the story setup. 

It was a fun read and I'm definitely looking forward to more from the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest, voluntary review.

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