If you follow my blog/Instagram you might have noticed I didn’t share my March Wrap Up. That’s because I didn’t read anything. I started so many books, but didn’t finish them. The main reason being, COVID-19 finally hit our house after avoiding it since the start of the Pandemic. Having COVID and also being a mum to an 8 month old with COVID was hard. The cough and brain fog lingered for just under 7 weeks and even now I still feel the aftermath.
April was a good month of reading for me. I’ve put a couple of my heavier reads on hold until I can give them the attention they deserve. These are The Poppy War and Blood Scion – they are so good (from what I’ve read so far) and I really don’t want to finish them when my head just isn’t in that space to fully appreciate them.
I’ve read and reviewed an arc ON TIME. I REPEAT ON. TIME. I also started The Kingdom of the Wicked Series and have been beta reading a manuscript. So, overall I’m happy with that progress!
Parks and Provocation by Juliette Cross
Lola Landry stares through the window of her locked car with the keys in the ignition and the radio blaring Beck’s “Loser.” While standing there and sweltering in the soupy Tennessee humidity, she wonders how her orderly life had crashed and burned so badly. Then her high school nemesis saunters up in all of his tall, strapping, fireman-to-the-rescue glory, slapping her with the humiliating proof that it can always get worse.
When the uber-confident Jedediah Lawson requests a date in return for popping her lock, a lightbulb goes off. Revenge is sweet. He would make the perfect victim—guest, that is—for her next podcast episode on Kiss and Tell. What shocks her is the casual way he not only agrees to the post-date interview on air, but ends up hijacking her audience and wooing them with his swoony, southern charm. Not even a low score on the date-o-meter can dissuade the man or keep her fans from demanding more of the charismatic Jed.
What’s worse, she secretly wants a second date with this man who is so different from his teenage self. His unwavering patience and dimpled smile erodes her will, until she breaks the Kiss and Tell rules by agreeing to a second…and a third date. It’s a disaster. Not the date. They’re wonderful. The disaster is that she is falling for a man she once dubbed Jockstrap Jed.
‘Parks and Provocation’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #2 in the Green Valley Heroes series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.
Publisher: Smartypants Romance Published Date: 7th April 2022
Author’s Website: https://www.juliettecross.com/
Wolf Gone Wild was my gateway drug to Juliette Cross.
I’ve been catching up on her backlog for a while and I’ve also been lucky enough to join her arc team.
Parks and Provocation was granted to me in exchange for an honest review.
Full disclosure – I don’t usually read contemporary romance. I am a fantasy and paranormal romance reader so, I wasn’t as excited to dive into this one as I have been with her other books.
Cross writes so fluidly in first person POV that it didn’t take me long to settle into the book and forget about her hunky Werewolves, Grims and Demon Slayers.
Parks and Provocation is a sweet second chance romance. The main characters Lola and Jed have had it bad for each other ever since school… and yet neither realised or were mature enough to act on it at the time.
As they both worked through previous misunderstandings, their passion (sex nachos anyone?) And even a little heartbreak – it was fun to readalong for the ride.
The steamy scenes were hottttt so it’s lucky we have a fireman in the mix!
The epilogue was the cutest ending and you get a full closure HEA!
P&P is part of the Green Valley Heroes series where a different author writes each book. This can be read as a standalone