❝ Life took me in a direction that I never saw myself going, but love brought me home.❞
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis via Goodreads: The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .
Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal’s plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn’t an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man’s best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland’s hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.
The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he’s been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper’s determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .
Small town romances are truly one of my most favorite types of romances, but I don’t often get to read many since I have trouble finding them. So when I heard about Lia Riley’s upcoming release from Nick over at Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist, I decided to give this new-to-me author a shot, hoping that this sweet, southern romance would give me the “small town romance” fix I was looking for.
With a degree in one hand and career plan in the other, Pepper Knight leaves the big city behind for a job in the charming town of Everland, Georgia. But when things don’t go according to plan, Pepper refuses to throw in the towel just yet. In comes Rhett Valentine, Everland’s local veterinarian, who helps Pepper get a temporary job until she figures out her next move. Falling in love was never part of her plan, but when sparks fly between her the southern charmer, Pepper will have to decide where her heart lies, and if that place is Everland, whether or not she’s willing to stay.
It Happened on Love Street is a sweet and hilarious small town romance that reminded me why I fell in love with these types of romances in the first place. Despite having lived majority of my life in the Big Apple, I’m a sucker for small town living which is why I absolutely adored the quirky town of Everland. It’s very much your typical small town where everyone knows who is who and no one is safe from the rumor mill. What makes this romance even better are the secondary characters. I FREAKIN’ LOVED THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS! Seriously, they are a riot and I was very much entertained by them. I especially loved Tuesday, Pepper’s younger sister. She’s a free-spirit with no filter and I think she fits right in with the people of Everland. I’m low key hoping she decides to stay because I am already invested in her possible romance with a fellow Everland local I need to see how things develop between the two.
While I loved the small town setting and the charismatic secondary characters, I did not care too much for our main characters. As individuals, I liked Pepper and Rhett, but I was not completely sold on their romance. Pepper is career-driven young woman who cares deeply for her family and puts their needs before her own desires. She is selfless, but that same selflessness eventually backfires on her when she realizes that she has spent majority of her life regretting the certain life choices. Rhett on the other hand is guy who has faced quite a bit of heartbreak and it’s made him guarded. He’s also not one for gossip so he tries to maintain a life free of scandal. What connects these two and what makes them so similar is that while they are both driven, but they weren’t experiencing life to its fullest until they both decide to throw caution to the wind and have a little fun. I really wished though that there were more scenes with just these two alone. I wanted more conversations where these two learned everything about each other. I wanted a deeper connection and I felt like everything was just so instant and easy and this was the main reasons why I didn’t buy the romance.
Although I wasn’t head-over-heels in love with the romance in It Happened on Love Street, I still adored the small town and the cast of secondary characters. I’m so excited for the sequel because I need to know more about Tuesday and what her plans are and I’m pretty sure she’s about to stir up quiet a bit of trouble in the small town of Everland.