“AIN’T SHE PRECIOUS? delivered everything I was looking for.”
~ Under the Covers

I was in the mood for a small town contemporary book with a lot of southern charm and when I asked for recs on social media this book popped up.  I’m a fan of Sawyer Bennett’s books and generally enjoy her writing so it felt like a natural choice to pick up something she’d written under a different pen name.  AIN’T SHE PRECIOUS? delivered everything I was looking for.

Ryland and Trixie went to Harvard Law together, fell in love, made plans to live happily ever after.  Until Trixie decided she wasn’t a big city girl at heart and wanted to live close to her family so she moved back to Whynot, North Carolina ending their relationship.  That was eleven years ago.  And now she needs his help with a small town case so he flies in to the rescue and to see her for the first time after their breakup.

Keep in mind that this is Ms. Bennett’s sweeter pen name so it’s pretty low on the heat scales, but the adorable connection between the characters (romantic or otherwise) will have you reading more.  I loved Trixie’s family, their interactions and connection just as much as I found the H/h to be perfect for each other.

This is also a very short book.  I have a much easier time reading novellas when it’s about a second chance romance like this one was.  But I do think having less page count can affect the storyline just a bit.  In this case I found the conflict to be easily addressed.  I would’ve wanted to see things explored more because frankly after Trixie ended things and there’s been 11 years of radio silence, you can’t just jump back in because you still have feelings and attraction.  There’s years of hurt that has to be worked through and I would’ve liked to see more of that.

In the end, this was a perfect quick summer read. I’ll be reading the rest of the series.


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