Tuesday, October 18, 2016

REVIEW: "Three Simple Words" by A.J. Pine (Contemporary Romance)

Three Simple Words
by A.J. Pine

Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 17th 2016

Series: Kingston Ale House, #3
Standalone: Yes

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Description from Publisher:
I know where to find my happily ever after—between the pages of a romance novel. It’s why I sell books, why I blog about them, and why I’ll never get disappointed by love.

So what if my brother’s best friend from high school is now a bestselling author? Or that he just blew back into town on a Harley, filling out a pair of jeans like he never did before? Or that he’s agreed to do a signing at my bookstore on such short notice? Because despite all his adoring female fans, I kind of hated his book.

The last time I saw Annie Denning, she was a senior in high school, three years older than me and way out of my league. Now I’m her last-minute date to a wedding, and what started as a night of pure fun has turned into something more real than either of us anticipated.

Annie is my muse. When I’m with her, my writer’s block fades away, and the words finally flow.

The only problem? She wants the fairy tale—her very own happily ever after—and anyone who’s read my book knows the truth. I just don’t believe they exist.
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I'll start this by saying that I eagerly gobble up every Kingston Ale House series book that comes out and have loved both of the previous books!

"Three Simple Words" is no exception! This book is Annie's story. Annie is a fairly quiet bookstore owner who loves romance and also blogs about it. She meets Wes again, who is her younger brother's best friend from high school, and sparks don't exactly fly for her right away since he is a writer of a not-really-romance bestseller and she hates his book. We meet Wes when he basically runs back home to Chicago from NYC because he is blocked and at a loss for how to even begin his second book.

I really liked both Wes and Annie, and loved the fact that the romance was between an author and a bookstore owner! There were a lot of discussions and opinions on HEA and HFN, different tropes, etc. that were just fun to read. And the fact that Wes is the type who gets quite a bit of "inspiration" from real life when he writes was amusing and interesting. The chemistry between these two is wonderful and they bring out the best in one another, as the best couples do!

There is a decent amount of Brynn, Jamie, Holly and Will (couples from the first two books) in this that I enjoyed, but I'm not 100% that it would mean as much to someone who hasn't read their books. This is definitely standalone though, and the first two books are awesome, so I imagine this would just encourage checking those books out after finishing this! :)

This story is low on melodrama and flows in a very natural way! I would highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a fun & sexy author-reader romance!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: A.J. Pine
AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

AJ Pine is the author of the If Only series, the Only You series, and the current Kingston Ale House series.
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