Title: Home Matters (Ripple Effect Romance #1)
Source: I Am a Reader
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn
Rating - 4
Sexual - 1
We don't review too many clean romances here, but I really enjoy them once in a while. Home Matters is a fun, clean romance that really concentrates on the character development of our stars. Olivia has always dreamed of being a famous actress and dating the really hot host of a reality home improvement show. When all her dreams seem to be coming true she finds out it's not all it's cut out to be. People aren't who they seem when they're on screen, and in some cases completely different.
A Ripple Effect Romance Novella
According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can't even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She's confident that her destiny is finally within reach.
When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.
But all is not a total disappointment. She meets the ridiculously annoying, but still charming, Pete. He's everything she never wanted, but she keeps getting thrown together with him. I loved the comparison between him and our host. It made things very clear on who was the better man, and we just hope all along that Olivia can figure it out in time.
There is a little bit of celebrity intrigue and a lot of self-discovery. This was a really great book. My only complaint was that Pete was a little to good at times. He needed to have a little more of a bad boy side for me to totally fall for him.
Author Julie N. Ford Julie is a forty-something, dangerously close to becoming a fifty-something, graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of four women’s fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she entertains delusions of being a master gardener, that is, when she’s not killing the unsuspecting plants in her yard with her good intentions. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters, a Betta named Bob, and a Scottish fold kitten, Ardweal.
Home Matters by Julie N. Ford Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver Book 6: Immersed by Jennifer Griffith
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