An Enemies to Lovers with a Flare of Mystery!
“You may have everyone else tricked into thinking you’re some squeaky-clean, golden-girl rule-follower, but I’ve got your number, Ranger Betts”
Forrest for the Trees by Kilby Blades is the first standalone romance in a brand new series set in Green Valley in the Smartypants Romance lineup of stellar stories. This first book in the Green Valley Heroes is an utterly unputdownable enemies to lovers, workplace romance with a “whodunit” mystery that kept me glued to my e-reader for unhealthy periods of time.
I’ve wracked my brain for a less cliched way to say this but couldn’t come up with anything so here it is— Sierra Betts is fierce. She’s without a doubt the person you want on your side always, the friend you’ll have when you think you have no one, and one extremely smart and often underestimated lady. I could not get enough of the way Kilby Blades wove Sierra’s battle within the Greenbriar Ranger Station hierarchy and juxtaposed it with her budding, and definitely begrudging working relationship with Forrest Winters into something more personal.
“Forrest Winters didn’t just kiss with his lips—he kissed with his whole body, holding her in a way that pressed them together, somehow, from head to toe.”
Forrest Winters (yes those Winters) reminds me of the perfect male archetypes. He’s strong, smart, but not smug or arrogant. He knows what he wants but has the brains and cunning to know how to get what he wants without causing a mess…most times. I loved his unabashed pursuit of Sierra. And even though he had one moment where I wanted to shake my fist at him, overall, he truly is one of those standout male characters for me.
This is also my first book by Kilby Blades and I can assure you that it will not be my last. I am in awe at the peppering of details throughout the book that cinch up neatly into a perfectly tied up ending. The build-up of the plot, the setting, and the introduction to the characters were not overly done, and truly, I would have enjoyed every word if Forrest for the Trees was double the length. Between the romance and the overall plot, you will not be able to put this book down.
Forrest for the Trees is available today, September 28th! Consider this your recommendation to grab yourselves a copy of one of the most delightful books of the year!
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.