Hotshot and Hospitality, an all new charming friends to lovers small town romance from Nora Everly, is LIVE in Kindle Unlimited!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hotshot and Hospitality by Nora Everly
Series: Green Valley Library #8
Published by Smartypants Romance on September 28, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
Molly Cooper is through with men.
She means it this time.
Being stood up and humiliated was the last straw.
But after her all grown up and smokin’ hot childhood bestie kissed her to help her save face, she’s left wondering if it was the tequila or his lips that gave her all the feels.
Garrett Monroe had no intention of falling for his childhood best friend.
Unfortunately, one unplanned kiss in a bar was all it took for him to stumble.
Now he’s stuck with a crush that won’t quit on the most stubborn woman he’s ever known.
Soon enough they’re overwhelmed by out-of-control feelings, one match making momma, and two tight knit families who think they’re dating when they’re not.
Or are they?
Nothing stays secret in Green Valley, Tennessee.
Can Molly and Garrett navigate the nosy waters and fall for each other in private?
Or will secrets sink their friendship instead?
‘Hotshot and Hospitality’ is a full-length contemporary romance, can be read as a standalone, and is book #8 in the Green Valley Library series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.
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“Hey, Garrett,” I returned with haphazard enthusiasm after he made it to the circle booth and nudged me over with his hip. Garrett and I used to be close. We were the same age and had been the best of friends until hormones, other friends, and teenage angst—mostly mine—caused us to drift apart somewhere around age fifteen. We’d remained cordial to each other during our high school years, often running with the same crowd and sometimes even hanging out, but we’d no longer been best friends. I hadn’t spent a lot of time alone with Garrett over the last decade and a half; he’d blown out of Green Valley after graduation to go to college, then enlisted in the Marines right after. He’d been back for about four years and the laws of small-town living dictated that I saw him all the time. Small talk was our thing now—chitchat, a gathering of mutual friends here at Genie’s, the occasional family barbeque, that kind of stuff. “I got stood up, there are too many assholes named Chris in Green Valley, and now I’m totally freaking drunk and alone.” I felt like I could admit it to him. Garrett had always kept my secrets, and he’d know everything soon enough anyway.
His gaze warmed on me as his easy smile slid to the side. “Well, whoever he is, he’s a fool. And, weirdly, I’ve only met one Chris who was worth a damn. The rest? All pricks. So, it seems like you’re better off.” He was decisive as he stole my water and took a sip with his eyes twinkling at me over the rim of the glass. I watched him set the glass down and my own eyes narrowed as his grin broadened and his dimples deepened within the dark whiskers that covered his square jaw. He was close to having a full beard. He was also pretty dang close to being the finest man in the whole stinking bar too. He leaned in, right into my space. “You should have stayed married to me,” he murmured into my ear, then his eyes met and held mine as he pulled away.
My eyebrows hit my hairline and I barely managed to prevent my jaw from dropping before I shot back a response that I hoped conveyed the proper amount of flippant wit and not the fact that he had completely flabbergasted me. He hadn’t flirted with me like this when I saw him at the Piggly Wiggly last Saturday. No, he surely did not. “We were six years old, Garrett. I don’t think it was legally binding, since your dog performed the ceremony. Plus, you never even gave me a ring. Ring Pops don’t count.” I mean, two could play at whatever strange game this was clearly becoming.
Instead of answering me right away, he winked and studied my face with a grin. That wink hit me right between my eyes like a Nerf dart from our days of yore—I didn’t just see it, I felt it. Bam! Tingles shot from my head to my toes. My brain scrambled inside my head and my mouth opened to say something smart, but nothing came out. Freaking tequila! I shook my metaphorical fist at the liquor that had stunted my normal standard of witty banter.
“But we pinky swore it, Coop.” His comically exaggerated pout was adorable. I felt my cheeks heat as I found myself staring avidly at his mouth in lusty contemplation, rather than just merely reading his lips. Why had I never noticed how full and bitable his lower lip was? I bet it was tasty too. “Remember how we spit into our palms to seal the deal?” he asked. I shook my head while my eyes roamed all over every inch of him I could see above the table.
“How soon they forget.” His chest rose and fell as he let out a huge sigh, and to my shame, my eyes bugged out at the sight. All my thoughts fluttered around in my brain like drunk, demented butterflies. Why was winky-flirt Garrett messing me up? I decided to place the blame on the tequila instead of the fact that he was looking ten different kinds of hot tonight. I finally managed to haul my gaze from his broad chest, which was currently testing the strength of his black T-shirt, and back up to his whiskey brown eyes that were still freaking twinkling at me.
Ugh! There was nowhere to look on him that wasn’t sexy, damn it.
And was he flirting with me?
We’d known each other since babyhood, for crap’s sake. We used to take baths together—me, him, and Mr. Bubble. We’d never flirted before. Ever.
I have loved all the books in the Green Valley Library series that is part of the SmartyPants Romance world. I’ve especially enjoyed the ones by Nora Everly so far, as I adore the Monroe brothers. This next Monroe brother did not disappoint me at all.
Molly was really cute and a lot of fun, and reminded me of myself in some of her silly ways of talking and combining words, etc. One example was when she thought that she “flirt-smirked” and shortened it to “flirked”. I loved her being a little thing, again, I’m very short myself. I loved how she liked to wear fun clothes, dresses with cats on them, it just sounds like something I’d do, only instead of cats I’d have dachshunds.
And I loved all of their families. I liked how at least one of the mean girls that we thought we should hate turned out to be someone real and you had to give her a little credit and feel like maybe she wasn’t as bad. To me that is realistic. Although there was the one mean girl that probably has a back story, but it is still hard to like her much even at the end of this one, just feel sorry for her mostly.
This was a cute, sweet, steamy, fun read! The only reasons I knocked it down to 4 stars instead of 5 were two things. One, I think Molly was being overly ridiculous about dragging out keeping it a secret. Two, I would have maybe liked a little more of Garrett’s back story from when he was in the military maybe? Oh, and I guess maybe a third thing. At times I kind of forgot Molly was deaf, it was almost like it only stuck out at certain points where it was necessary for the story, I don’t know. Maybe that’s just because I was speeding through the story to find out what would happen. But I loved it nevertheless!
Can’t wait for the last brother’s story, and actually, I wonder if we might get some cousins or other relatives stories from this author. There was one part where the girls were talking about all the different Monroe boys and relatives and other possibly eligible men, and all I could think was that I wished Green Valley was a real place where I could go grab my own Monroe man, since all the Winston brothers are now taken.
About the Author:
Nora Everly is a lifelong bookworm. She started reading the good stuff once she grew tall enough to sneak the romance novels off the top of her mother’s bookshelf and it has been non-stop ever since.
Once upon a time she was a substitute teacher and an educational assistant. Now she’s a writer and stay at home mom to two small humans and one fat cat.
Nora lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and her overactive imagination.
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