Review: Tomboy by Avery Flynn

Reviewed by Sara

I have been thoroughly enjoying Avery Flynn’s Hartigan series and was thrilled when the most recent book in the series, Tomboy was released in February.

ER nurse Fallon Hartigan loves her friends and would do just about anything for them, but when her friend Lucy needs her to help a sick client, she thinks twice. It’s not that Fallon doesn’t want to help, it’s just that Lucy’s client is the most hated man in Harbor City, Zach Blackburn. The newly acquired defenseman for the Harbor City Ice Knights cost Fallon’s team a mint to bring on and then has not only turned out to be a dud on the ice, but he’s also got a major attitude problem. Fallon puts aside her love of the Ice Knights and her dislike of Zach to help, but ends up way over her head as a paparazzi takes her picture leaving Zach’s and that, plus Zach’s sudden upswing in hockey abilities has her thrust into the spotlight as Zach’s lucky charm. While Fallon is able to work her newfound fame to her advantage, what’s not advantageous are her feelings that seems to be changing where the bad boy hockey player is concerned.

Zach Blackburn never started out to be the bad boy of hockey, he just wanted to play. Unfortunately, he learned the hard way that it’s best not to trust and that sometimes the people that care for us the most can hurt us the worst. When Fallon comes into his life, he does everything he can to push her away, but her resilience, her wit and her indomitable spirit make it difficult for him to keep away. As their attraction grows, Zach has to decide if he’s willing to trust Fallon or if he’s going to let the his past get in the way of what could be a fantastic future.

The Hartigan’s series has been a complete joy for me to read and Tomboy is no exception. Avery Flynn does such a great job taking female characters who are outside the norm. They aren’t traditionally pretty, they’re plus size, or, in Fallon’s case, a tomboy, and gives them the role of heroine. This in itself is great, but what Avery Flynn does that is extra special is that she avoids the make-over cliche and doesn’t pit her characters against the traditional heroines. Fallon isn’t special because she’s, “not like other girls.” She’s special because she’s unique, funny, smart and kind. I love that Fallon, like Lucy and Gina from the first two books in the Hartigan series, doesn’t have to change and that she isn’t competing in some imaginary competition with other female characters.

It would have been pretty easy for Flynn to have mentioned Fallon’s looks and limited how they affected the story to simply Fallon’s relationship with Zach, but thankfully she doesn’t. Love may be blind, but it’s easy to see how a person’s appearance that’s considered outside of the traditional standards of beauty is often fodder for ridicule and derision. In Tomboy,  Flynn takes into account Zach’s celebrity and includes the backlash Fallon faces at the hands of the Harbor City media and Internet trolls. This adds a level of genuineness to the book that takes it from a fun and sexy read to something thoughtful and more than a little uplifting.

Along with what I’ve mentioned above there were so many other elements that I loved. As a Canadian, I know what it’s like to live in or near a town obsessed with hockey/a specific hockey team (Go Leafs!), and Flynn has brilliantly captured what that’s like in Tomboy. I love that Fallon has actual work responsibilities just like a real person. My only real complaint, which isn’t much of a complaint, is that I wanted Tomboy to be a bit longer. I would have loved to have seen Tomboy’s villains get their comeuppance and a bit more of the romance between Fallon and Zach.

Tomboy is a fun, sexy and thoughtful Romance. I look forward to the next book in this great series.

Rating: A

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Avery Flynn
Release Date: February 18, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Amara

Review: Muffin Top by Avery Flynn

Reviewed by Sara

I bought Muffin Top, the second book in Avery Flynn’s Hartigans series, as soon as I finished the first book in the series Butterface. Like Butterface, Muffin Top is a sexy, funny, feel good book with great female characters and a story that doesn’t take the easy route. I loved it.

As you can probably guess, based on the title, Muffin Top is about a plus size heroine. Lucy Kavanagh is a big girl and she can take care of herself. She’s also an actual big girl and so attending her high school reunion with all the bullies that made her life miserable seems a little more daunting than the usual problems she solves as Harbour City’s premiere crisis communications specialist. When hot firefighter Frankie Hartigan swoops in to save her from some unsolicited dietary advice, she lets her reunion fears slip and soon Lucy catches herself agreeing to let him accompany her on her road trip home and for the week long reunion events as her “boyfriend.” After miles on the road and facing off against the mean girl of her past Lucy’s fictitious relationship with Frankie doesn’t feel so fake. Maybe there’s more than meets the eye to the handsome firefighter.

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Review: Butterface by Avery Flynn

Reviewed by Sara

Butterface, by Avery Flynn, was released back in July 2018. At the time, the book received a lot of favorable reviews, and people genuinely seemed to like it. I didn’t buy it then, but this past January I noticed it for sale on Amazon, so I picked it up and I’m very happy I did.

Gina Luca knows she’s not conventionally pretty and she’s come to peace with it. She’s got a great set of girlfriends, a protective pair of brothers who love her, a fantastic old, Victorian home she’s renovating and a successful wedding planning business. However, when a kiss cam and a cruel prank leave her up close and personal with hot cop, Ford Hartigan, she wishes she wasn’t the town butterface; everything is great about her “but her face.” After the disastrous night with Ford, Gina’s relieved that she’ll likely never see him again, but things don’t go as planned and soon the two are in a fake relationship, he’s sleeping on her couch and fixing up her home. It doesn’t take long for fake feelings to change to real feelings and for Gina to hope that maybe things with Ford might lead to the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of.

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Review: Enemies on Tap by Avery Flynn

enemies on tapReviewed by Carrie

I picked this book up after someone tweeted that it was about a heroine who ran her family’s brewery.  My family has a long history of owning/running taverns and breweries and being a beer nut myself,  I was immediately interested.  The blurb mentioned that it was a second chance enemies to lovers story and I was a goner. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. [Read more…]

Review: Betting the Billionaire by Avery Flynn

betting the billionaireReviewed by Shelly

This novella is a sexy, fun and fast read. Certainly a story worth reading. Keisha Jacobs has been taking calls from Gabe Campos for the last six months. These are not friendly – I wanna get to know you calls. They’re more the – I’m offering to buy your father’s business – calls that escalate to an in-person visit from Gabe at the worst possible time, during a snow storm. It turns out Gabe doesn’t know a lot about cars, even reading the gauges, and is forced to spend some unplanned time with Keisha. When Keisha finds out Gabe’s true motive for buying, can she save her Dad’s business and keep her attraction to the blue-eyed Gabe under wraps? [Read more…]