Series: Green Mountain #6
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 26, 2016
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Charlotte “Charley” Abbott has gone out with every guy under thirty-five in Butler, Vermont—except for one. Tyler Westcott’s attempts to date her may be determined, and frequent, but Charley can’t stand how he acts like he knows her better than she knows herself. So when Tyler turns up at the running club Charley joined to train for a marathon, she’s almost ready to quit before she even gets started.
Tyler knows that behind Charley’s prickly personality and dismissive attitude is a sweet woman he wants in his life. And when Charley suffers an injury while training, Tyler is ready to prove that the perfect man for her has been right there all along...
It’s not often I find myself totally perplexed about how to rate a book once I’ve finished reading it, but that’s exactly what I am with Ain’t She Sweet. This book is one of those rare cases that makes me rethink my decision to NOT give half stars in my ratings. But, I’m not going to change that now, so I just kinda have to go with it. If I could, I’d give Ain’t She Sweet three and a half stars. It just wasn’t quite a four star book for me. If I was rating it solely on Charley and Tyler’s story, it would have been a solid four.
I have to be totally upfront and say that this is the first time I’m reading one of Marie’s books. I usually hate reading series out of order – even supposed standalone ones like Green Mountain – but I made an exception here. I think maybe I shouldn’t have. I think I might have enjoyed the writing style more if I was familiar with the other characters from the earlier books first. There was this odd (to me) thing that happened a few times throughout this book where the focus shifted from Charley and Tyler’s story (which I was REALLY enjoying) to other characters in the book. It totally took me out of the story and I had a tough time figuring out WHY we were shifting perspective. I’m still puzzled by it all. BUT, I think if I was more familiar with the earlier characters it wouldn’t have been as jarring to me. I think I probably could’ve just rolled with the punches and been grateful to get more about these other characters. Since that wasn’t the case, I definitely struggled with it.
Ok, now that I have THAT out of the way, I can talk about Charley and Tyler and how much I enjoyed these two. I love this idea of the guy pining after the woman for so long, but the woman being the one who wasn’t really interested in more… at least in the beginning. Tyler was sweet and swoony and I even wanted to smack Charley at times for not realizing it sooner. It was so obvious he was all in for her. She, on the other hand, had been hurt in the past and had no interest in letting him past her walls. Fortunately for everyone involved, she couldn’t resist him all that long. Of course, I pretty much knew that was going to happen when they first hooked up. Friends with benefits with an expiration date? Please. I knew how that was gonna go down. 🙂 But that doesn’t mean I enjoyed reading their story any less. They had fantastic chemistry and great banter and tons of passion. It was easy to get wrapped up in their story. (Which made getting pulled out of it for other characters even more frustrating.)
Now that I’ve gotten a taste of Marie Force’s Green Mountain series, I’m going to have to go back and read the other books. I liked what I saw of the other characters when they appeared in this book, so I’m definitely intrigued enough to go back and start from the beginning. (Which I honestly should’ve done in the first place. I know me better than that.) Since the next book doesn’t come out until next year, I have plenty of time to do it, too.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
“I knew that, too.”
“What did you know?”
“That if I kissed you, even once, I’d never want to kiss anyone else again.”
Have you read any of the books in the Green Mountain series?
What’d you think?