A Green Valley Heroes novel that's bound to ignite...
Parks and Provocation is a steamy, seductive, modern take on the second chance romance trope, and it is done to perfection. “Forrest for the Trees” by Kilby Blades ignited my Green Valley Heroes fire, and “Parks and Provocation” stokes the flames. Pardon the puns, but I hope this fire burns bright for many, many books to come.
Juliette Cross is a hive favorite, of that there is no doubt. Don’t believe me? Check out previous Juliette Cross reviews by Jes and Kristin. I had major FOMO, having not read anything by Cross before and hearing so many rave reviews, but my bees have been super supportive and happily let me take the reins on the Parks and Provocation review. I am forever in their debt for bringing me into the JC fan club, and now the party can begin. I could see from page 1 why my bees are passionate about her books.
“Lola Landry was many things, but she wasn’t oblivious or ignorant. The question was, would she ignore this thing between us like she did in high school? Or finally give us a chance?”Jed, Parks and Provocation
I don’t normally love dual or multiple points of view in a novel. More often than not, I find that multiple narrators tend to disrupt the fluidity of a story, but when it’s done right, dual POV can elevate the plot and drama and bring a story to life. Parks and Provocation splits the POV between Jed and Lola, and the balance between the two are done exactly right. Lola’s chapters bring a sassy and stubborn tone to the page, ensuring that readers will root for her independence while being charmed by Jed’s sexy confidence. Jed’s chapters are layered with resolve, determination, and longing that you can’t help but admire. Both character voices evoke different feelings; each voice is distinct, but added together they create amazing “can’t put it down” vibes.
Second Chance Romance
“You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?”
His gaze swept to me, those hazel eyes scaling down to my lips, then farther south over my body, leaving a trail of heat, before rising to meet mine again.
“Every single second.”
There is something to be said about “the one that got away” storylines. The nostalgia, pining, and anticipation of rekindling what-could-have-been has always been endearing to me. Usually this trope gets paired with other themes like distrust, deception, or deceit. Sometimes it’s as simple as bad timing, but either way you spin it there’s a draw that hooks you and sucks you into the unfolding drama. I love it. My only critique of this book is that the anticipation of Jed and Lola’s first kiss was so, so well crafted, and I wish it could have carried through the book a little bit longer. There’s nothing more satisfying than when you finally get to the kiss (or more, if that’s your thing) after the tension has been building and is at the boiling point.
Juliette Cross wrote a romance that I couldn’t put down. I finished this novel in less than 24 hours, and I wish I could read it again for the first time. Not only am I a new Juliette Cross fan, but I’m a new Smartypants Romance fan, and I’ll be diving into their backlist books in the very near future. Hope you all love Parks and Provocation as much as I did.
I’m Val, and I’m excited to share my love of books with you! I’m a sassy Sour Patch kid from New Jersey, dog mom to Chance the beagle, and much like the rest of the Hive, I’m a coffee lover (I think it’s a requirement to be here). The first book I remember reading voluntarily involved a boy wizard who lived in the cupboard under the stairs, and I’ve been chasing magic ever since. I love Happily Ever Afters, and I love love. My favorite genres are romance and rom-coms, fantasy, and young adult/new adult. If I’m not reading, I’m probably kayaking, watching the Great British Baking Show, or discovering a new craft beer.