by: Jenn McKinlay
Series: Happily Ever After
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2019
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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...
Jenn McKinlay's The Good Ones is a romance lovers dream. Maisy Kelly inherits her great-aunt Eloise's three-story Victorian home in Fairdale, North Carolina. Not only is the house furnished, but it's stacked with books. Actually, that's an understatement. The house is a hoarder's paradise of books. Not your average run-of-the-mill books, but romance books. After leaving her teaching job at the local college, Maisy has the idea to convert the house into a romance book store. But in order to do this, she first must clear out the house, restore it to its original glory and convert it into a store. In order for her dream to come true, Maisy needs a restoration architect. Enter Ryder Copeland.
Ryder looks like a romance book hero come to life. If truth be told, he even has the hero baggage. Ryder is a single father to a fourteen-year-old girl named Perry. Ryder’s plan is to spend the summer restoring Maisy's house and then move Perry to an elite boarding school in Connecticut, while he takes a high-paying desk job in Charleston, South Carolina. Ryder feels he isn’t capable of love and has no desire to have a relationship. That is, of course, until Maisy enters his life. With the help of Maisy's best friend Savannah, Perry, and an abandoned kitten named King George, Maisy and Ryder become a family unit without realizing it.
I liked The Good Ones. The main and secondary characters were so easy to like. Perry was a refreshingly, good teenager. She's smart, thoughtful, and caring. She has a fierce stubbornness about her, and is wise beyond her years. There's King George who is actually based on Jenn's experience with rescuing an abandoned kitten. I'll admit, the King George storyline was my favorite part of the book. Savannah is a New Yorker who finds herself in North Carolina helping her friend. She's funny and opinionated. But she's also smart and has a heart of gold. She even meets her match in Ryder’s best friend Joaquin Solis.
I love that I didn't find The Good Ones to be predictable. You know the story will have a happily ever after, but I was definitely wondering how we were going to get there. For me, the biggest drawback of the story was Ryder’s hot and cold attitude with Maisy when little bumps in the road appeared. However, the ending of the story made up for that in spades.
I'm excited that there's another book in this series that is called Happily Ever After. Savannah and Joaquin definitely appear to have a love-hate relationship. That has fun written all over it. Plus, it’s a Christmas romance! I'm really hoping that we will also get more of Ryder, Maisy, Perry, and of course, King George.
**Received a copy of the book courtesy of the publisher and I voluntarily reviewed it.**
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