Series: Everland, Georgia #1
Published by Forever on April 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .
Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.
The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .
If you need an escape, this lighthearted and heartwarming romance is just the thing. This is the first book by Lia Riley that I’ve read and I’m so a happy I’ve now found this author. It Happened On Love Street focuses on two people who have suffered their own disappointments and find a kindred spirit in each other.
When Pepper moves from Manhattan to a small town in Georgia, anything that could go wrong does. She immediately finds herself out of work and facing down her biggest fear, dogs. Yes, dogs. She also finds herself in some serious one on one time with a handsome local veterinarian, Rhett. Both Pepper and Rhett are emotionally closed off but can’t deny the spark between them.
Pepper is an endearing character and she has a great sense of adventure, but she’s missing the sense of belonging somewhere. While Rhett has lived in Everland all his life, he’s un-moored and his sense of belonging is dulled by the lack of emotional connection. The biggest challenge the face is the expiration date that hangs over their entanglement and a great part of the story is wathcing their connection strengthen into something worth holding onto.
There’s a bit drama, but the story is low in angst. Because it’s set in a small town, there’s a plethora of characters with big personalities, Rhett’s sister and his best friend. Peppers world is shaken up by some family drama that showcases how driven she is to rescue her sister and father, a responsibilities she tales on herself. This was a well paced and it was very easy to get into the characters and want to see how Pepper and Rhett would work through the obstacles of big city girl and small town boy. IHoLS is a fun and sweet contemporary romance and 4 star read.
~Review by Cyndi
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Here’s an idea.” He nudged his finger on hers. “Say we—and this is purely hypothetically—enjoyed the . . . ahem . . .pleasure of each other’s company in the privacy of ourhomes.”
“Hypothetically, kept it casual and under the radar?”
She nudged back. “When I leave, there’s no heartbreak, no drama, and no one is the wiser.”
“Interesting theory?” He reached out, his hand splaying her knee. “Or recipe for disaster?”
Tingles shot up her thigh. His skin was warm, those fingers very big and very male. “I have enough to worry about with my future. If you don’t need me for more than a little here and now? I might be persuaded. Hypothetically.”
He moved his hand from her knee to the back of her neck. The touch melted her faster than an ice cube in the July sun.
“What are you thinking?” she murmured.
His deep blue gaze locked on hers and there it came again, that curious sensation of floating and drowning. “That I’d like to hypothetically kiss you.”
There was a sudden roaring in her ears, a whoosh of blood. “Well, there’s only one way to test a hypothesis.”
Slowly, oh so slowly, he dipped forward. His lips didn’t settle on hers like she expected. Instead, he kissed the center of her forehead, softly, experimentally. A tremble rocked through him.
The evening air was sultry, no a hint of chill. The idea that she shook this steadfast man sent a shiver of need through the join of her thighs, a throbbing shudder that swelled to an ache as he peppered a light trail of kisses down her temple, and then moved lower. He took his sweet time on her cheeks, treating her as something to savor, a delicious dessert you didn’t want to wolf in one bite. Tension spread through her body, pulling tighter and tighter, her belly doing a fluttery dips and dives.
When he finally reached her lips, it seemed reasonable to expect that the kiss would be as soft as the others. Silly. Because Rhett was full of surprises. He didn’t hold back, his tongue was greedy, insistent, and hungry. Their teeth banged together. A chair tipped over. They crashed against a table leg, sent it screeching across the floor.
“In theory, you’re a good kisser,” she gasped, tracing her lower lip with her tongue. The skin was puffy, aching.
“Let me experiment a bit more. The initial results are promising.”
THE EVERLAND, GEORGIA SERIES
IT HAPPENED ON LOVE STREET, #1
THE CORNER OF FOREVER AND ALWAYS, #2
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lia Riley is a contemporary romance author. USA Today describes her as “refreshing” and RT Book Reviews calls her books “sizzling and heartfelt.” She loves her husband, three kids, wandering redwood forests and a perfect pour over coffee. She is 25% sarcastic, 54% optimistic, and 122% bad at math (good thing she writes happy endings for a living). She and her family live mostly in Northern California.
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