Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Five Things I Love About You (Chase Brothers #1) by Sarah Ballance

Title: Five Things I Love About You
Series:: Chase  Brothers #1
Author: Sarah Ballance
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Published: August 18th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 124
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★✩ (3.5/5) Stars!

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Five things to love about NYC. But she only needs one...

California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? House sitting her brother's New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It's only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?

Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn't Crosby Chase's finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she'll love about New York.

Falling in love wasn't part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn't need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.

He needs one big reason to make her stay...

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

Endearing Characters. Extremely cute. Lots of humor. Incredibly sweet. And smokin' hot! Five things I loved about this book. 

The blurb for Five Things I Love About You had me dying to read it. A small town, suburban girl being stuck for two weeks in the dreaded big city, surrounded by concrete and hoards of people, I just knew there was going to be tons of fun to be had within these pages.

So let's just get the one and only thing I had a problem with in this book out of the way first and move on to the love fest. It's the one thing that we all love to hate, or would it be hate to hate? Anyway. Insta-love. The reason why, despite how much I adored this book, for the low-ish rating. It didn't have to happen. Nobody needed to say those three powerful words before the epilogue, and only two weeks after they met. I'm all for whirlwind romances. Romances. Not declarations of love. So, yeah. That was a bit disappointing. Regardless, did it stop me from falling hard for this book? Not at all.

Even though I just got done complaining about the L bomb, I can tell it's going to be one of my most used words within this review. Because I loved the storyline. Loved it! There's the perfect meet cute at the start of the book. Filled with adorableness, humor and a bit of swooniness as well. Then it was the watching Crosby go to all the trouble of finding things within the city he loves so much that he knew that Estelle would love as well. He doesn't just drag her off to shows and museums and all the touristy things that most people do in NYC, he shows that he truly listened and knew what she wanted. It was sweet and heartwarming. But it's laced with humor as well...and demonic cats. So many things to love.

Characters are always a major factor when it comes to my enjoyment level of a book. It was not hard to fall instantly for all the characters in this book. All of them. From Estelle's kinda nerdy but oh so sweet brother, Grady, to the entire Chase clan, I had so much fun getting to know all of them. And the dynamic and personalities within the Chase family has me so excited to keep going on this series. As for the two main characters they were so much fun! I loved how playful Crosby is and how he is just such a good guy. In the beginning he lets it be known that he's basically married to his job, but you come to realize right away that it's not in the way most guys are, after the almighty buck. His dedication and motivation is all for the benefit of his family. It's pretty admirable.

Estelle is just plain adorable. She's into landscape design so she's all about the outdoors and the green. She's kind of this straight laced, level headed type of girl. Well, until Crosby dumps a jar of pickles on her and from then on he brings out this other side of her that's playful and wild. She was definitely tons of fun.

The two made a solid effort to keep things on a friendly level and fight the attraction, needless to say...it didn't last too long. And oh my word did sparks fly. I was definitely rooting for the two of them to work out their coastal differences because not only did they have intense chemistry, but they were just too cute together.

So, sure, there was a bit of insta-love there at the end, but all in all this book was totally worth looking over that fact in my opinion. Plus in the very short amount of pages that made up this book, you get a few hints at the personalities of a couple of the other Chase boys and I already love what I've seen. I can't wait for the next book to come out and keep going with this series. Either Ethan and his sad past, or Sawyer and his funny side that had me grinning from ear to ear or even Liam who didn't really get a chance to stand out yet. I want them all!

Thanks goes to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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