Review: Her Ex Next Door – by Beverly Farr

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.

Title: Her Ex Next Door

Author: Beverly Farr

Summary: Ginny hasn’t told anyone about her brief marriage nine years ago — not even her new fiancé. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

Ginny is planning to get married in six weeks, but then her ex-husband Derek shows up. Derek has always been trouble — too smart, too sexy, too unreliable. Ginny wants nothing to do with him, but now he’s rich, and he has mischief on his mind. Ginny does not want to trade her dreams of happily-ever-after for a guaranteed heartache.

Author’s Note: in this book you will find a late night rendezvous, a wedding, a financial crisis, a sexy millionaire, and brownies.

Her Ex Next Door is a sweet, quirky, clean romance.

Genre/Pages: Sweet Romance/146

Rating: ★★ (4.5 of 5)

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: This was the first romance novel I ever read.  Honestly, the plot synopsis made it sound like the type of super cliche book that I would totally hate. But it wasn’t! I was SO HAPPY! Plus, the cover is totally adorable! I read this book during finals week, and it made my life so much easier. Great stress reliever. It was a fun book.

Hero/Heroine: I should’ve hated these characters. They had the making of characters I would hate. Cuz, you see, Lynette Dalley does not like romance novels. And yet… I loved these characters, and this book. Beverly Farr is an amazing author.

Ginny: She was a great character. With an amazing name! She seems very uptight at first, kind of out of her element. Her mother is an wealthy upper class elite who goes through husbands like shoes. As her mother tries to control the preparations for Ginny’s upcoming, you can tell that this isn’t who Ginny is. She feels very out of place, and not altogether happy with the wedding. She has an amazing job, and loves her work. She’s not stupid, and she doesn’t try to lead anyone on. It’s a nice change. 

Derek: Well, well, well… What have we here? When the word “sexy” is used as one of the main descriptors of a male love interest, I usually hate the character, cuz it’s usually just an “eye candy” stupid character who has no actually depth, complexity, or story. Dylan was different. He was real. Yeah, he was super smooth and attractive, but he had an actual story, an actual background. He hides behind his smooth talking, but when you get to know him… he’s a real person.

Plot: This basic story could’ve ended up being very bitter, cliche, predictable, and boring. However, Beverly Farr expanded upon the premise, she created deep, realistic, and lovable characters. As their background and story begins to be revealed piece by piece, you begin to understand everything that’s going on. 

The Ending. I think a lesser author wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. You kind of guess at it from the beginning, but I wasn’t sure how it could be pulled off. Beverly Farr was fantastic. She pulled it off with such style. It just made sense… it was a very satisfying and happy ending.

Content Advisory: As the author herself says: “What you will find in my stories:
1. Sweet quirky romance.
2. Very little swearing. There may be an occasional h*ll or d*mn, maybe even a b***h, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs.
3. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).
4. No vampires. At least, not yet.”

To Sum it Up: I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was so fun, and good, and enjoyable. It was what one might even call a “guilty pleasure” book. I’m really liking this new sweet romance genre! I read it in a day, hardly put it down, and yet I didn’t feel like I’d wasted any of my time! It was well worth the hours of happiness this book brought. It was just a genuinely GOOD book. I highly recommend it to 16+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

Review: Corporate Husband – by Beverly Farr

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.

Title: Corporate Husband

Author: Beverly Farr

Summary: To inherit her grandfather’s chocolate company, Louisa Brannigan needs a loyal employee to marry her and keep his mouth shut. Justin Reilly seems like the ideal candidate, until he starts changing the rules. Corporate Husband is book one in the Love and Chocolate Series. Each book is a stand-alone sweet romance without cliff-hangers.

Genre/Pages: Sweet Romance/238

Rating: ★★ (5 of 5)

My Review:  

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Hero/Heroine: Obviously, this is fiction. Sweet romance, to be exact. So I wasn’t really expecting a hero/heroine. HowEVER, the two main characters (and love interests — Go figure!) were absolutely amazing characters. They were very detailed, and REAL. Their struggles and dialogue felt so real. It was wonderful. They were real, complex, people with their own problems and fears. It made for a wonderful romance.

Louisa Brannigan: In the beginning, you think you’ve got Louisa Brannigan all figured out. For whatever reasons she has, she is getting married so that she can keep her multi-billionaire company alive. Wow. Seriously? The author does a fantastic job of helping you to jump to conclusions about the characters about a million different times, only  to slowly unravel their story and background. As you came to understand Louisa and where she’s coming from, you come to love her. She was a fantastic character. She was very independent, but she was able to let her guard down, too.

Justin Reilly: Where to start? I wasn’t sold on him from the start. But I did end up loving him. It was the same as with Louisa. You learn not to judge people from first impressions, and you learn to love them from their experiences and actions. He was gentle, understanding, and yet always liked to push the limits, just a little bit. He was wonderful. He was brave. He was flawed. 

Plot: This is the second romance novel I have ever read. I read it during finals week, and it was a welcome stress reliever. It wasn’t a high intensity plot, nor did it require constant focus and thought (i.e. it wasn’t a mystery or crime novel), it was just a wonderful world to go into. To be able to focus on someone else’s life, and not think about finals. So, no, action-wise there isn’t a LOT that happens… but what did happen was perfect. There was just a touch of action, danger, and drama that slowly unraveled until it reached the breaking point. The romance was completely clean, and yet highly enjoyable. It was complex, it was real. There was no insta-love. There was no forbidden love. There was no love triangle. It was a REAL RELATIONSHIP, one that was grown over time. One that slowly progressed. It was beautiful and realistic.

And the plot twist and ending?!?!??! Just when you think it’s just another romance novel… Well, you’ll never see it coming, but you’ll love every second of it. It wasn’t unrealistic, but it was fantastic.

Content Advisory: As the author herself says: “What you will find in my stories:
1. Sweet quirky romance.
2. Very little swearing. There may be an occasional hell or damn, maybe even a b***h, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs.
3. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).
4. No vampires. At least, not yet.”

To Sum it Up: This book was GREAT fun. I enjoyed every second of it, and it’s a book that I could definitely see myself re-reading later — probably during finals week again. The characters and dialogue are just so engaging that you can’t put it down. It makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you smile, and is quite near impossible to put down. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can’t WAIT to read the next in the series! I love happy endings! Real life fairytales! THIS BOOK.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone over 16+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it?