A Deep, Friends to Lovers Romance
“Her face was shaped like a heart and I had the inescapable feeling that she may have just stolen mine.”
Hotshot and Hospitality by Nora Everly is the friends to lovers, small town romance that will tally as the eighth book in the Green Valley Library series but just might top your charts if you love swoony heroes and grand gestures worthy of the silver screen.
I would like the record to show that Nora Everly’s storytelling of her Monroe brothers is practically cherry-picked for perfect book boyfriend traits. Garrett Monroe has been unlucky in love, and unfortunately for him, living in a small town means that the bones that rattle around in his closet are known by all. While Garrett may have made some questionable choices in his past, he makes up for it in sheer determination. I loved Garrett. I think I say this about every Monroe brother, but Garrett might be my new favorite.
“I don’t kiss anyone who doesn’t want it. You don’t need onions to keep me away from you. But I’m just saying, if we were together and you wanted my kisses, onion breath wouldn’t stop me—nothing would. I would make sure you had everything you needed from me. Everything.”
Molly is without doubt the pluckiest and most unruly heroine that I’ve come across in recent months. She is the proverbial bull in a china shop, waking up with a crazy hairdo for a week straight, and all slapstick comedy wrapped into one perfectly imperfect woman. While many a romance reader would run headlong into Garrett Monroe’s arms, Molly is determined to keep her distance…no matter how good Garrett kisses, or how sinful he looks in a towel.
While even though their romance is delightfully lighthearted, Nora Everly wrote some pretty heavy scenes. Dealing with grief of a loved one, betrayal, a disability, and even the ending of a relationship can put even the most emotionally and mentally healthy person in a tailspin. I think all of the themes that were of a more serious note were handled beautifully and written in a way that rang true to the characters.
“You think you’re some big hotshot because you used to be a badass Marine and now you’re a big, buff construction guying a tight sexy T-shirt with a super cool tool belt. Well, you’re hot. I mean, you’re not. You’re still a buttface, Garrett.”
Hotshot and Hospitality surprised me. I could almost feel how hard Nora worked to keep Molly’s head in the game. But none of that tension or reluctance detracted to the plot. Garrett is a lion tamer with Molly. Who better to soothe all doubts than a childhood best friend? Garrett and Molly’s story is layered like a great s’more and their HEA is the sweet, and gooey marshmallow at the center.
Do yourself a favor and read this one ASAP! Hotshot and Hospitality by Nora Everly is releasing into Kindle Unlimited on Thursday, September 30th! Don’t miss this one!
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.