Review: Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force

aint she sweetReviewed by Shelly

After reading Gavin and Ella’s story in It’s Only Love (Green Mountain, book 5) I was absolutely ready to read Charlotte ‘Charley’ Abbott’s story and to find out why she so ornery. Plus, I was so excited to read a story about someone who’s training for a marathon, considering I’ve done a few, and I know that the training can get pretty intense, especially when you’re going for a PR. So already, I have something in common with Charley – we’re gonna be BFFs.

Charlotte’s can be a little bit prickly… ummm… she might even be the dreaded – difficult, but she’s been the one that Tyler Wescott has always wanted. Even when Charley’s hating on Tyler, he’s been stuck on her.  There were some very funny but a little sad scenes with between Tyler and Charley in the last book. I felt for him because he’s not a bad guy; he’s actually quite nice and thoughtful.

So back to the marathon training — that was done by the end of chapter 1. Sigh. During an uphill training run during some very bad weather, Charley fell through some ice, dropped down an embankment and sustained a pretty bad injury. It’s her luck that Tyler was there. The thing is that he kind of dared her into the run, and Charley being Charley couldn’t say no.  If Charley wasn’t a grown woman with decision making skills, I would have blamed Tyler, but she’s a grown a*s woman with a mind of her own, so I blame her for doing that run when she didn’t have any business on that hill in the weather. So Tyler literally saves her life by going to get help for her.

Part of Charley’s recovery is surgery. She really dd a number on that knee, and unfortunately for her, she lives in a 3rd floor apartment and doesn’t have a way to take care of herself post surgery. But again, Tyler comes to the rescue and offers his home for her usage – he’s even going to give her family the keys to his home so they can come and go as they please. But the Abbott’s are good people and don’t abuse the privilege.

I really enjoyed learning more about Charley and Tyler. There’s no great suspense or action in the plot, but there’s some real character development, especially from Charley. I really enjoyed seeing her break down that wall she built around herself. I was really surprised how much I liked the way she treated Tyler. She didn’t just fall into letting him take care of her. Their chemistry really worked; even their across the room glances were smoking hot. Tyler is quite the man, and I mean that in a good way. His treatment of Charley is spot on – he’s patient, kind and consistent.

I’ve read books 2-5 (I Want to Hold Your Hand, I Saw Her Standing There, And I Love Her and It’s Only Love) and as with those, Force’s writing continues to be fun for me. I still shed a few tears and laughed out loud a few times. I still enjoy reading about Elmer and Linc and their ploy to see the Abbott kids find their own happily ever after – even if they have to help make the magic happen. We do have a chance to catch up with all the couples, including the unattached siblings. I’m biting my nails to the quick about Max. Hopefully that’s coming up soon.

Grayson, Molly’s sister Hannah’s son, and Emma’s story are up next in 2017. There’s a nice surprise at the end that I think that fans of this series will enjoy.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B

*ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley

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Ain’t She Sweet
by Marie Force
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Berkley

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