October 17th, 2016
Entangled Publishing, LLC
She’s holding out for a happy ever after.
I know where to find my happily ever after—between the pages of a romance novel. It’s why I sell books, why I blog about them, and why I’ll never get disappointed by love.
So what if my brother’s best friend from high school is now a bestselling author? Or that he just blew back into town on a Harley, filling out a pair of jeans like he never did before? Or that he’s agreed to do a signing at my bookstore on such short notice? Because despite all his adoring female fans, I kind of hated his book.
The last time I saw Annie Denning, she was a senior in high school, three years older than me and way out of my league.
Now I’m her last-minute date to a wedding, and what started as a night of pure fun has turned into something more real than either of us anticipated.
Annie is my muse. When I’m with her, my writer’s block fades away, and the words finally flow.
The only problem? She wants the fairy tale—her very own happily ever after—and anyone who’s read my book knows the truth. I just don’t believe they exist.
*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Once again I read this book as a buddy read with Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions so click HERE to read her review :). We both read books one and two on this series, The One that Got Away and Six Month Rule, a few months ago so we were pretty excited to read this one too because we absolutely adore this series.
Here’s the thing, I loved the previous books in the Kingston Ale House series but I loved this one even more. First of all, Annie has a bookstore and a blog about romance books. How relatable is that girl?? She’s one of that persons who want a HEA like the ones in the books she reads and she believes that they exist. Wes is just the opposite. He doesn’t believe in HEA. She’s also an author who writes really sexy romance books. So basically this book is a match made in heaven because who doesn’t want to read a book that focus in a relationship between a bookshop owner/book blogger and a writer?? I really loved both Annie and Wes and I loved to see their development throughout the story and how they helped each other being better versions of themselves. These two were just perfect together and had an amazing chemistry almost since the beginning.
Also, this book has some of my favorite tropes. First of all, Annie hates Wes in the beginning. Well, she doesn’t hate him but she judges him for the book he wrote and that she hates so this book has some sort of “enemies turned lovers” vibe. But there’s also the “best friend’s sister” thing that I love and those things made this book even better. I loved the story and I loved the route this book. To be honest, I thought I had predicted why the fallout between Annie and Wes would happen and how it would be solved but I was completely wrong and I actually loved it. Not only this book was funny but it was also emotional at some points. I really enjoyed that we had the opportunity to see why Wes was the way he was but I would love to have seen even more about that. It would make everything even more emotional.
Another thing I loved was that we got to see the characters from the previous books. I loved that we had a chance to see how they are, especially Brynn and Jamie since they are featured more in this book than Holly and Will. I also loved how they accepted Wes so easily in the group even before they knew about him and Annie. It was great to show how much he belonged. They are all my babies and I just want to see them happy. And let’s not even talk about that moment where the complete gang was in the Kingston Ale House because I’m still emotional about what happened. It just made me so happy.
Once again I really liked the writing and I loved that it had a dual POV because for me it is important to know what’s going on with both characters, especially in this case because I wanted to understand why Wes was the way he was and how he was feeling about the whole thing. Basically A.J. Pine did an amazing job again. Can I have Jeremy’s book now, please?? I really need to see him happy even if I’ll be sad when I finally read his book because I know it will be the end of the Kingston Ale House series. I don’t know if I’m ready for that.
Overall, this was an amazing story and I loved it even more than the previous two books. Once again I loved the characters created by A.J. Pine. I loved that we get the opportunity to see characters we already love but also get to know other characters even better and even get to know new swoon-worthy characters (*cough* Wes *cough*). I can’t wait to read the next and final book in this series. I 100% recommend this book (and the series) if you enjoy contemporary romances because it won’t disappoint you.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?