Published by Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication Date: November 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Leaving was hard, but staying away might be impossible.
Tessa Cutter escaped her tiny hometown and chased her artistic dreams straight to Manhattan. Now she’s home for a camping trip with her family. To keep them off her back, she makes up the perfect pretend boyfriend—successful, important, and most of all, permanently located in New York.
Logan Ridley lost everything when his Manhattan-based personal training studio shut down. Luckily, a friend got him a position as a gym teacher in the small town of Cutter’s Creek. He’s heard a lot about the infamous Tessa, but she’s even better than he imagined. Except, she seems to hate everything about the small town he’s growing to love.
The chemistry sparking between them is impossible to ignore, but falling for Logan will trap Tessa in the small town she worked so hard to escape. If they have any hope of a future together, he’ll have to convince her that everything she wants has been in Cutter’s Creek all along…
If you are a private person, then I imagine that living with an overly nosy family in a small town where everyone knows your business and sees nothing wrong with talking about it would feel like being in a fishbowl, especially if your family is the equivalent of royalty in the town. Tessa Cutter hightailed it to New York to pursue her dream to be a successful artist as soon as she could and has no plans to return to her small town except for brief family visits. She’s back for the family’s annual camping vacation, armed with an imaginary boyfriend to forestall her family’s matchmaking tendencies.
Logan Ridley is starting over in Cutter’s Creek after losing his business in New York and so far he loves the town so he can’t understand Tessa’s aversion to being there and is determined to give her a reason to want to stay because he is falling for her. Will Tessa’s dislike of her town make their romance a short-lived one when she heads back to the city or will she find something to love about her town? Will Tessa find Logan as interfering as her family and his plans manipulative? Or will she finally grasp what’s important?
The premise for this story is a fun one and I really looked forward to reading it. For the most part, it was a lighthearted and funny read and I really liked Logan even as he blundered his way through trying to make Tessa happy. My only issue was with Tessa. I can relate with her aversion to her family’s meddling and their lack of understanding of her artistic tendencies, but I wasn’t a fan of her immature responses to their interference and her constant lashing out instead of having mature conversations.
The one thing that saved the story for me was Logan. It’s hard to resist a guy a kind-hearted and thoughtful guy, especially when he has the looks to match and he was all that. I liked that he was willing to do anything to make Tessa happy even when she wasn’t so nice to him and I enjoyed their relationship when they weren’t fighting. I enjoyed the author’s writing and overall it was an okay read.