Off the Market by Magan Vernon
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: November 1, 2013
Format: eARC, 55 pages
How I got it: From the author
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*** This book is proud to be a part of The 12 NA's of Christmas ***
12 New Adult Novellas. 12 Best Selling Authors. November 2013.
Etta Davis didn't have showing a house penciled into her Christmas plans, but with the other realtors already off enjoying their holiday, she'd been stuck with the task. It wasn't all bad though, the house up for grabs used to belong to the family of her high school sweetheart, Andrew Lawson. Though now dilapidated, thanks to its current owners, it still held the power to bring back forgotten memories and turn the routine showing into something else entirely. Particularly when Andrew shows up, wanting to buy the house. Now Etta must decide whether a second chance is worth taking the house, and her heart, off the market.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
If you’re looking for a quick read to help yourself get in the Christmas spirit, you have to check out the 12 NA’s of Christmas. Off the Market is the first of these novellas I picked up. It won’t be the last. While I’m a fan of NA lit, I’ve never read anything by Magan Vernon before. This novella gave me a good taste of her writing style. Her characters were realistic and relatable, the dialogue was believable and the story was sweet and charming. It was predictable, but you know what? I’m totally ok with that. Sometimes I just want a sweet story with a happily ever after.
Etta Davis returned to her hometown after her father had a massive heart attack. A real estate agent, the last thing she wanted to do was show a house on Christmas Eve. Especially her high school sweetheart’s old house. When she opens the door to her new potential client, she finds herself face-to-face with her ex, Andrew Lawson. Etta and Andrew didn’t leave things on great terms. She was headed off to college, he was staying in their hometown. She didn’t see a future for them and didn’t want to get stuck in her hometown, so she broke things off right after graduation. He doesn’t know she’s back in town… or at least she doesn’t think he does. Andrew has never gotten over her. She’s never gotten over him. What will happen now that they’re standing in front of each other again?
Etta and Andrew were both likable characters. I wanted them to get their happily ever after. This was a short, super quick read. I think I read it in about half an hour. It was the perfect length to tell Etta and Andrew’s story. There was just enough backstory that I understood where each of them were coming from. While it all happened in just 55 pages, the pace of the novella was good. It didn’t feel horribly rushed. This was a sweet, adorable and sexy story of second chances. I thoroughly enjoyed it.