Friday, March 21, 2014
Review: A Fine Romance by Christi Barth
Author: Christi Barth
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 11, 2013
File Size/Pages: 489 KB/229 pgs
Source: Christi Barth
My Rating: 4/5
Summary: They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish's case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can't afford to let her down.
Sam Lyons should probably apologize. But every time he sees Mira--which is often, since his family owns the bakery next to her shop--he can't resist antagonizing her. There's something about the sexy, straight-laced woman that drives him crazy. He can't get involved, though. He has too much baggage to be any good in a serious relationship.
Despite his teasing attitude, Mira finds Sam too sweet to resist. (His hot body may be a factor.) But if there's going to be anything permanent between them, they'll need to let go of their pasts and look to the future...
Review: I received this novel from the author, Christi Barth, in exchange for an honest review, and I enjoyed this novel. This is the second novel in the Aisle Bound series, and although I didn't read the first novel, I had no trouble keeping up with this book. This novel is about Mira Parrish, Ivy's friend. Ivy was the main character in the first novel, Planning to Love. When Mira arrived to town, the guy who agreed to pick her up, Sam Lyons, never showed. This made Mira have to walk in the rain AND hate Sam's guts. As I got further into the novel, I did something I try to refrain from; I went and read other people's reviews on it. While these reviews did not reflect my opinion, I was shocked that Sam's relationship with his mother was an issue for people. I liked that he was worried about his mother. Although I enjoyed Sam's relationship with his mother, I wasn't a huge fan of Ivy…it seemed as if she always tried to make everything about her. Also, it took a while for Mira to grow on me as well. Overall, this was a good novel, it was a little hard for me to get into at first, but it ended up being a good read.