I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
Published by Berkley on February 2, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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The cozy comforts of an English village bookstore open up a world of new possibilities for Evie Starling in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.
At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There’s no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.
Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can’t deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.
Samantha Young is one of my auto-buy authors. At least for her contemporary romance books. And once again I loved and swooned at her story. First of all, I remember hearing about a bookstore at one time that had an opportunity like is featured in this book. Where you could “vacation” at the store and run it while you were there. That sounds like a dream come true to me. And for Evie, it starts out that way. Of course once she is there, things get interesting. The quaint little English village has its own charms, along with feuds and crazy things you’d only probably expect from a small town. As expected there is the handsome man, one that is perfect for a holiday fling, except that Evie doesn’t want that. She wants to concentrate on herself because she is in a way running from the problems of romance that she’s dealt with in the past.
Now, her two “no thank you” items for guys, younger and wealthy, are very interesting. Personally, I get them both, but also, come on, both are very subjective based on who the person is and how their life was. Well, Roane is a sexy farmer with an adorable Great Dane that is tempting her to maybe make an exception and have a little holiday fun while she’s there. Especially after her short trip turns into a longer stay. And Evie really becomes a member of the town, even to the point where she is kind of meddling, trying to help people with their own romantic or familial issues when she can.
The reason this one didn’t get a full 5 stars from me, is that it didn’t hold me captive to where I couldn’t put it down until the very end. The part when I was so mad at Evie for being ridiculous in how she reacted to the final conflict. I hate when characters act that way. While in a way the reaction was somewhat needed to get her back home and figuring things out with her own family, I feel she totally overreacted in how far she went. Not to say I didn’t have tears, but mostly they were for Roane at that point, because I was so mad at Evie! Still, I wonder if maybe the author could do a spin-off with more of the villagers, especially with the little bit of a possible romance we see Evie trying to set up at the end.
About the Author:
Samantha Young is a New York Times and #1 International bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. On Dublin Street was Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in thirty countries. She has since published over thirteen romance titles including the New York Times Bestsellers Into the Deep, Hero, and her most recent contemporary romance Fight or Flight. When writing Adult Paranormal romance she writes under the pen name S. Young.
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My only issue with this book was the “conflict”. Young justified Evie’s issues with telling us about her past, but really. I sort always feel like that when I read romances though. I would love to spend more time in the village. There are more stories to tell there. Caro could totally carry a book.
Totally agree. The conflict was minor one for me. That whole lying thing for that issues doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Especially when it is someone you already know you can trust, and it wasn’t actual lies. Yeah, so many characters in that book that would be awesome for future stories.
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