Sunday, March 2, 2014

Book #Review: Undone (A Country Roads Novel)

Book Title: Undone ( A Country Roads Novel)
Author: Shannon Richard |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Genre: Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: ebook, Mass Market, 
Cost: $6.00
Pages: 368
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: July 2013
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Things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida: Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot Why a shop would ever sell something called "buck urine" Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King After losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in the tightly knit town isn't easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who's interested in much more than Paige's car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn't sure she'd ever feel again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive, or will their love come undone?
By four o’clock Paige had set up her desk and computer. She decided to start reading through the instructions on the program she was supposed to use. About an hour later, there was a knock on the door and Paige looked up to see Brendan leaning against the doorjamb. He was wearing his navy blue pants and shirt and his five o’clock shadow. Dear God he doesn’t play fair. “You’ve been busy,” he said, looking around. “I ran into Mrs. Wisenbacker downstairs, who yelled at me for helping the havoc-inducing harlot get a job. I see you’re making friends.” “She didn’t like my shoes,” Paige said. “What?” “My shoes,” Paige said, turning in her chair so she could show Brendan her feet. “Apparently only harlots wear red shoes.” He pushed off the doorjamb and walked into the room, stopping next to her desk. He looked down at her feet and his gaze slowly traveled up her legs. Heat rushed into her cheeks and she was thankful she was still sitting down. “She’s crazy,” he said, finally meeting her eyes and grinning. “I’m a pretty big fan of those shoes.” “What are you doing here?” Paige asked, trying to focus on something besides the way he was looking at her. “I came to pick you up. Your car’s ready.” “Why did you come to pick me up?” she asked, panicked. She wasn’t prepared to be in a close, confined environment with him. “Because I told your dad I would. I can’t believe you ripped the carpet out of here,” he said, looking down at the floor. “It looks a lot better without it.” “Thanks. Can you help me carry the carpet downstairs?” she asked, pointing to the hallway where the rug still sat. “Are you serious?” “I can’t carry it by myself,” she said, standing up. If he was here she might as well get him to do something useful besides scrambling her brain. “What’s in it for me?” “What do you want?” she asked, before she could stop herself. She was flirting with him. Why was she flirting with him? Stupid thing to do really. “I have a couple of ideas,” he said as his gaze flickered to her mouth. There was another knock and they both turned to see Mr. Adams walk into the room. “Brendan,” he said in his big booming voice. “Mr. Adams,” Brendan said, holding out his hand. “You come here to check up on your girl?” he asked, shaking Brendan’s hand and clapping Brendan on the back with one of his large hands. His girl? Brendan’s girl? Paige’s stomach flipped. She opened her mouth to correct him but Brendan cut her off. “Yeah.” He winked at Paige. “She’s done a good job with this office.” “She sure has,” Mr. Adams said, looking around. He looked down at the floor, a thoughtful expression on his face. “You know, I’ve been wanting to get rid of that red carpet for a while now. And these wooden floors are looking mighty fine. Maybe you’ve got something going here, Paige. Just leave that carpet in the hallway,” he said as he continued to study the floor. “I might not want to store it after all.” “Really?” she asked, shocked. “Yeah,” Mr. Adams said, looking at her. “Maybe we should change things up here a little. Did you get a chance to look at the tribute program?” “A little. I’m going to really get into it tomorrow.” “Alright, you two have a nice night together,” Mr. Adams said, backing toward the door. “We will,” Brendan said, waving.(Click to CONTINUE READING ) 
What have I been doing with my life that I never heard of this series, or this author?? Yeah I'm certifiable. I loved the heck out this series and once I have cleaned up the TBR some more?? Oh best believe I'm getting the rest of the series, all in physical form too. (that's how you know I loved it!!)

I didn't read the synopsis going in, it was a new book on NetGalley and they sent me the "you should request this" email and I just clicked. (Yes I'm aware I have a problem. Look what can I say?? They have yet to steer me wrong)

What can I say about this book?? It's fun, funny, relateable and a fast read.  Paige was a young woman who is a lot like us really, she did good finished college landed a good job, had great friends and an amazing boyfriend then her world went a little sideways and now she's starting over.  With a pretty big chip on her shoulder (but ummm you can't blame her.) She moved back in with her parents and is trying to start over but there are people in town hell bent on making it difficult for her.

I actually really like Paige, because she was relateable, she was doing her best but the community wasn't trying to give her a break, and I mean there are only so many times you can take being talked down to before you snap.  Brendan never stood a chance, even before they met he was fascinated by her and once they met?? Yeah it was on.  I loved that Brendan was grounded had roots, a home, a good family and even a good head on his shoulders especially with his business.  Yeah he had some issues but none that made him a bad guy, or one you hope she would punch one good time before they get together.  He was actually a nice guy.  One who didn't hesitate to call her on her crap and man did he make her feel cherished.

I was excited to read the book and breezed right through it, I kept finding time to read while I waited, got a ride, caught a break at work, anything to get back to their love story.  There are few moments within the story I was angry on their behalf, and even some where I teared up a bit.  I laughed quite a bit as well and I just enjoyed rooting for them.  I loved the flow of the story and they way the characters were with each other (even the ones with the outlandish names LOL) and am excited to read the other story we saw developing with this one.

Personally I wished she would have found a way to handle the town's gossip blogger, getting her shut down would save so many people heartache. I'm from a small town as well and I can tell you if someone gossiped as much as this woman did and had the nerve to write it down?? She would be backing it up constantly, because the beat~downs she would get; would make her rethink if it was worth it.  ( I don't advocate violence, but in the instance of talking about a close family members death?? I'm not responsible for what I'm about to do.)  In this instance she wrote derogatory things about Paige which almost lead to something violent against our lead character and I would definitely have gotten a lawyer involved pushing for everything from bullying, libel/slander; she incited a riot and those names she kept calling everybody?? Yeah not cool, not cool at all.

There are a few loose ends, not for their story but from the town & I'm looking forward to continuing with this series, especially if we are going to get Bennett's story soon. The next one is Grace's and I can't wait to see how those two handle it.
Seriously go make room on the pile y'all it's a good read.
Happy Reading

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