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Series: Blue Beech #5
on September 19, 2019
Cover Model: AC Parker
Cover Photographer: Lindee Robinson Photography
Format: Digital, Paperback
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friends-to-Lovers, Small Town
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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The first time we meet, I’m eighteen, and he kicks me out of his bar.
Two years later, he does it again.
Maliki Bridges is the town’s hottest bartender.
He thinks I’m a spoiled rich girl.
I think he has a stick up his ass.
Once I’m old enough to drink, we become friends.
Nothing more ...
Until we become roommates.
It’s a bad idea, moving in with him, but any opportunity I get to be around him I’ll take.
Consequences be damned.
Small town, Contemporary Romance, Friends-to-Lovers
First person; dual-POV
Book #5 of the Blue Beech series, it could be read as a standalone, but I don’t recommend it. I believe for a better enjoyment of small town romances, part of the charm is to know characters and settings well.
We suffered and risked our happiness out of fear. If we had skipped the games, we would’ve been here years ago.
Addictiveness: 5/5 I’m in love with the series and this is another heart stopping story. Really, this town, these characters are so likable that you become invested in their happiness and can’t let go until the end. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Very complex characters with lots of depth. Because this is the fifth book of a series, I’ve seen both Sierra and Maliki before. I’ve loved them.
Maliki is WOW!!! Really, I can’t find a word to describe him. He was hot, patient, loyal, good with people and amazing for Sierra. Yes, he had a TSTL (too stupid to live moment), but we all have that sometimes.
Sierra was so fun. Great heroine! I took half a star from her, just because her path was harder than it should have been because she made it that way. I really didn’t understand her life choices, but I guess she was young and afraid to take a risk.
So many amazing secondary characters. Every book from the series I’ve fallen in love a with the characters. I have read 5 couples now, all of them very easy to love. Plus all the great kids and characters for future books. Maybe Rex and Carolina will be next. I would also love to read books from Maliki’s friends.
The villains… ok, they are not villains, more the antagonists… there are more than one, which was a surprise. One came out of nowhere as a twist. But even them are well written and have layers.
These characters were multidimensional, very easy to love, connect and understand.
Freshness: 4/5 This book is different. It has its own unique story. They way they have met and became friends was cute and unusual. It felt original, like something that I haven’t really read before. As fresh as a cold bottle of water in the middle of the desert!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Amazing opening and great ending. A very believable plot that has been written by a wordsmith. Dialogues were fun and sexy. The story was fast-paced with several subplots and a few unexpected twists. Lovely small town that has elevated this series to another level. Highest level of satisfaction!!!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 I’m in love with their romance. It was so beautiful, at times pure at others dirty. From their first meeting I could feel their chemistry. The way the hero patiently waited for the heroine to grow up was loving. Their sexy scenes were hot and very well written. Enduring love!
Writing Style: 5/5 Perfection!!! Really, Ms. Ferrell is a wordsmith. She has a clean, cohesive style of writing that carry lots of emotions and feelings. Her characters are real and really easy to connect. Inspiring writing!
Cover: art 3.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 4/5, buy 4/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This is not a bad cover at all. It is just a bit generic and I love to “read a story” through its cover. After reading the book, sure, this could be Maliki from the jeans and hat, but could be too many people. I just wanted to find clues on the cover. I love the title and the color/font is good. At the end of the day is a sexy man and yes… I would buy this book by its cover, but maybe I would need to read the blurb.
“Own me, Maliki.”
“Jailbait, I’ve owned you since you were eighteen.”
by Sierra and Maliki
Ms. Ferrell is a goddess!!!! Really, I’ve binge on the series reading all five books in 4 days. Each book had it own unique traits within this amazing small town built by the author.
If I were to take a guess I would say next book will be Rex and Carolina. I can’t wait! In fact, I hope this will be a very long series.
If I only could choose one thing to say about this series: it feels real!!! Very believable!!!
33.5/35 STARS – 5 STARS (between 33.5 stars and 35 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 3.5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
Would I recommend? This is a must for anyone that enjoys family romance!!!
Would I re-read this book/series? YES! This has totally become binge worthy!
Would I read more from the author? Can’t wait for more!!!