Friday, August 14, 2020

Review: The Perfect Hideaway by Alys Murray

The Perfect Hideaway
by Alys Murray

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 247
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Annie Martin is thrilled to have moved from the hectic buzz of L.A. to the small town of Hillsboro, Northern California, where the most happening bar only plays honky-tonk and nowhere does a good matcha latte. But the best thing about Hillsboro? The Anderson sisters. At their noisy family dinners, Annie can almost forget the mistakes she made back in the city, trying to fit in.

Annie has repaid the sisters’ friendship with some obvious-but-effective matchmaking and now there’s only one Anderson still looking for love. But Rose is surprisingly prickly about an enforced happy-ever-after, and when a meticulously planned meet-cute ends drenched in the town fountain, Annie realizes this project calls for someone with a deeper knowledge of the Hillsboro bachelors.

Local reporter and all-around grouch George Barnett has been a thorn in Annie’s side since she came to town. He knows all too well that everyone has secrets and he thinks the story of why social media darling Annie Martin swapped stilettos for sneakers might be the scoop that makes his career. Annie is sure her skeletons are under triple lock and key, so she offers him an exclusive, if he’ll help her find a match for Rose.

But the more George and Annie try to control the love lives around them, the less they’re able to sway their own hearts. As Annie’s infectious laugh begins to bring down George’s barrier of surliness, can he open his heart and let her in for real? And can Annie be brave enough to trust the man who could be her future, with the secrets of her past?

Kritters Thoughts:  The third in a romance series and as they do in the romance genre, each book has its own romance self contained in each book, but I suggest with this series you start with book one as the characters are very much intertwined in each story as they are from the same family.

I start with that explanation, but this book felt different from the first two as they focused on two of the three sisters in the family.  This third book felt as though it was an off shoot as it focused on a new sister-in-law to the family and went outside the nuclear family.  Annie moved to this small CA town with her older brother who has married one of the sisters, read a previous book for their love journey and there is a reporter that has been a pain and of course, sometimes we fall in love with those who irritate us the most!

I enjoyed their love story, but wish book three had focused on the third sister first before the series took a turn to others in this town.  Annie and George orbited each other in creative ways throughout the book.  I loved the ups and downs that their love story took, it even made me laugh out loud.  

I hope that there will be a book four in the series and that we can get Rose's love story and learn more about this third sister in the family.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 74 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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