Series: Old Town Country Romance #1
on February 11th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Cooper Wilde spent his entire adolescence counting the days until he could escape rural northwest New Jersey. Now at 26, he can't believe he's coming back. But his late father's bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and his older brother, Jake, has asked for Cooper's help.
Riley Smith, 25, is fresh out of her Ivy League MBA program and wants to make an impression on her employer, H & C Bank. Her first solo assignment is a fraud investigation on a business loan they made to Haymakers.
Even though Old Town is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Riley feels like she's stepped into another world in this remote, one-bar town. Riley can't wait to do her business and get back to the city as quickly as her sports car will take her...until she meets Cooper Wilde. He's not like the other guys in this rural town and Riley feels inexplicably attracted to him.
I canÔÇÖt express how happy I am that I found this little gem within the smorgasbord of very good Indie novels that exist out there. Even though this story of overcoming preconceived notions of a person and region might not be unique, I still fell head over heels in love with the characters, the plot and the writing.
ItÔÇÖs the story of Cooper Wilde, a country boy who has escaped the life in rural New Jersey to become a hotshot at Wall Street. After graduating Columbia and landing a coveted job at Wall Street, he avoids New Jersey and therewith his family as much as possible, trying to bury the fact that he used to be a ÔÇ£hick from the sticksÔÇØ as he calls it. However, after his brother Jake lands himself and the family bar in a dire financial situation he makes his way back to Old Town to help, only to meet his match.
Riley Smith is a young fraud investigator with the bank that has given out a loan to CooperÔÇÖs father. Riley leaves New York for rural New Jersey only very reluctantly. She is a self-proclaimed hater of anything country and plans to leave it as soon as possible. Even the sizzling attraction between her and Cooper canÔÇÖt seem to spark a desire to stay for a little while. Good thing then that CooperÔÇÖs brother Tucker wrecks RileyÔÇÖs car and she is stuck there for the weekend, which in turn leaves both Riley and Cooper the chance to explore their connection.
Albeit IÔÇÖm most often not a fan of the whole insta-love in a novel, it didnÔÇÖt bother me here, although they fell in love within the course of a weekend. This is probably the case because the way it is written made the love at first sight plausible. The fact that neither one of them proclaimed their undying love for each other within minutes of meeting the other probably also helped. The chemistry between these two characters is palpable and sizzling hot.
The story in general feels very believable and the characters are very relatable to me. It is also very intriguing to witness the family dynamics of the Wilde brothers in this novel and I canÔÇÖt wait to see how they develop and to get to know the other three brothers better. This was a very well rounded story with interesting characters, a great story line and excellent writing that leaves you wanting for more of it.
~Review by Anja
(Previously posted on TBE)