Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ARC Review: The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay

The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: February, 5th, 2019
Format: egalley*

My Rating: 

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A romance bookstore owner finds her own happily ever after with a single dad in a new romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Dog Has His Day.

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true...

Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she's inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he's not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it's going to be to walk away.
I don't usually read what I would consider traditional romance books, but that doesn't mean I am opposed to them. I tend to like YA romance books better just because there is less sex in them. I am not opposed to reading adult romance books, and I have started to consider that I actually do really like books where the main focus is on the romance. Here's the great thing about romance books that it took me a really long time to figure out, the women in these books have a lot of agency and they are always getting what they want. So this book, The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay is definitely what I would consider a "traditional romance book" but I still wanted to give it a try, and turns out I did really like it!

I loved the plot in this novel. A down on her luck professor quits her job after losing a tenure position to her boyfriend, who happens to be married! Don't judge, Maisy, she didn't know until her job interview and she saw him with his wife! Her great Aunt has died and left her this big old house full of all her romance books, so Maisy decides why not turn into a Romance bookshop!? In walks in the "Cowboy Architect" and you can see where the rest of the story goes from there. I loved that this was a book that was about readers and really catering to the romance reader. It was such a cool concept, and the book even mentioned The Ripped Bodice when Maisy was thinking about this decision.

I really love the characters in this book. Maisy is a very sure of herself character, and I loved watching her interaction with Ryder, her Architect. The book is also full of a lot of strong women like Maisy's best friend Savannah the marketing queen, their accountant Jeri and the vet Hannah. They were all really interesting and complex women and it was fun to see how they all interacted with each other. Ryder also has a fourteen year old daughter, and I loved watching Perry and Maisy grow close. I also loved Ryder and Perry's relationship, it was a close one but also one with it's issues. I really enjoyed how the book made the relationship between father and daughter so realistic. I also thought it was interesting that Ryder was a divorced single-Dad, because I don't think I have read a lot of books where the love interest in a divorcee. There definitely should be more characters like that.

The book is a little predictable, but I think that is fine, because I think these types of books are supposed to be that way. In romance books everyone is supposed to get their happy ending and nobody dies. That's kind of why they appeal to a lot of people. I read a lot of different genres, because I like to mix it up, but some people want a true escape and romance books are their go to. I totally GET it! These types of books are a fun and happy experience and I really enjoying watching Maisy finally get her happy ending.

My one beef with this book is the sex scene...why are they always doing the deed on the kitchen table?? Don't they know people eat off that?

I think this might be a start of a new series, and I am kind of wondering if Savannah and Quino will be the topic of the next book. If it is, I am IN, because boy do those two not get along and I LOVE hate to love romance books.

*I received an egalley copy from First To Read in exchange for my honest review. This in no way affected my review.

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