Vacancy and The Edge of Juniper

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Vacancy and The Edge of JuniperVacancy by Tracy Ewens
Published by Tracy Ewens on August 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 251
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
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Hollis Jeffries is a “dynamo” as her father likes to say. She’s the youngest vice president at Dobbins Capital. She wows investors, runs marathons, and speaks three languages. As the oldest, Hollis is always first to try and first to succeed. According to the other Jeffries sisters, she’s practically perfect. . . until she’s not.
Matthew Locke grew up in the shadow of his brother’s death and with the added pressure of his parents’ expectations. They want him to take over the family coffee shops someday, but Matt has other plans. Despite the grumblings of his working-class parents, he has found success in Silicon Valley even after dropping out of Stanford a semester shy of graduation. Matt has spent most of his life under the radar and there’s not much he’s willing to rock the boat for. . . until there is.
Hollis and Matt met on Tomales Bay the summer they both turned twelve and during the summers that followed, they grew up and fell in love. One night, after an unexpected test, they fell apart.
Now, twelve years later, Hollis, who seeks refuge at her uncle’s seaside cottages to ride out a storm of her own making and Matt, weighed down by obligation to his parents, both return to Tomales Bay. Forced to share another summer in the small town that brought them together, will Hollis and Matt be able to move beyond the echo of their past and into a future filled with ever after?

 A Tracy Ewens book is a book I know that I will enjoy. I have read all but the first in her A Love Story series and each one gets better. Vacancy is no different. I think I am particularly found of this one as it took me out of a months long reading slump and I read it in one sitting. Hollis Jeffries is a bad ass business chick with a vice presidency and a corner office at a high end investment firm. Then one bad business move makes her question everything and she heads to her uncle’s small town to try to figure it all out. There she runs into her old love Matthew Locke. Their parting was not sweet and seeing him again is the last thing Hollis needs.

Tracy Ewens can turn a lot of emotion with little effort. Her writing is full of depth and Vacancy shows this very well. I actually connected with Matt more than Hollis and he was a fantastic character. It is nice to see a male lead written with heart, and he has it in spades.

I will always recommend Tracy Ewens books, as they just resonate with me. Yes, they are all contemporary romances, so you know the two main characters will get together in the end, but it is the path she takes them on that makes me love reading them. Unique and nuanced, each of her books is special.

Favorite lines – Wasn’t once enough? What kind of idiot gets third-degree burns and puts his hand back in the fire because the flames are so warm and pretty?

 Have you read Vacancy, or added it to your TBR?

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Vacancy and The Edge of JuniperThe Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 276
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
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“You’re off-limits, so why can’t I stop thinking about you?”
Fay Whitaker, sixteen years old and yearning for adventure, is excited to spend the summer with her fearless cousin Celia in small-town Juniper, Indiana.
But Fay soon discovers that her summer home is not what she expected. She is alarmed by her uncle’s temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. Celia handles the tension at home by escaping with her boyfriend, leaving Fay with time on her hands—time that leads her straight to Malcolm Dearing, off-limits because of his last name. Fay is captivated by Malcolm’s warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more.
Fay and Celia are launched on a journey, and each must attempt to navigate the thrilling and unpredictable world of love. Everything Fay thinks she knows about love is put to the test, as relationships unfold and reveal themselves in ways she never before dreamed.

I read Lora Richardson’s first book Outspoken, just about this time last year. It was solid but I had a few issues with it. That said I did enjoy it and said –  “I can see great things coming from Richardson in the future with some polish and growth.” So when the author approached me to review her second book, I didn’t hesitate to accept. The Edge of Juniper definitely showed both of those things. Fay is a teen girl that fears her family is falling apart. Her parents are talking about separating and they send her to her aunt’s house in the small town of Juniper, Indiana. She is excited to spend time with her favorite cousin Celia and have a drama free summer. That all changes when she meets Malcolm, the one boy that is off limits.

I really enjoyed the plot of The Edge of Juniper. It dealt with teen sexual pressure, family dynamics, alcoholism and domestic violence. That is a lot to put into a YA romance, but Richardson did it very well. For the most part each plot point was well though out and did not seem forced. A good cast of characters and a ton of emotion rounded out this read.

While the very end of The Edge of Juniper was just a bit too perfect for me, I enjoyed this read. Richardson has grown as a writer and I am excited to see what she comes up with next.

Favorite lines – I just know it’s like I’m holding something very fragile inside me. It’s like a promise of a feeling, and I’m not ready to bring it into the light just yet. I like it the way it is.

 Have you read The Edge of Juniper, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted December 16, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 0 Comments