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Cookie Cutter

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Iris Alden & Carter Blackwood couldn’t be more different.

Recently divorced, newly-employed, cookie-baking, PTA super mom Iris likes her life neat & organized, while house-flipping Carter’s itchy feet means he never stays in the same place for very long.

When Carter purchases the home across from Iris to renovate it for a quick sell, he has no intention of putting down roo
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published March 23rd 2015 by Little Bird Publishing House
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4 "we got each other" stars

Cookie Cutter is an unexpected love story between two people who are the opposites on the outside but their attraction to each other will push the barrieers for them to see, they are more similar then they'd expect, as they peel their outside layers, and from a sexually attraction/funny banter and bickering, over a soft, pure friendship/kindship slowly turns into more.
She's Iris Alden, a divorced mother of a teenage girl Ally, living in a small town, where everybody kn
Sherry Fundin
I won this fabulous looking romance story that more than met my expectations with sparks from the opening pages, and I immediately fell in love with snarky Iris and humorous, teasing Carter as they share a bumpy road and some bruises, traveling to the happy ever after ending.

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Carrie Elks
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cookie Cutter by Jo Richardson tells the story of Iris Alden, a divorcee with a teenage daughter who is too busy doing EVERYTHING to look for love. She works, she mothers, she sits on every local committee going, and when there’s a bake sale at school, guess who’s baking the cookies?

Carter Blackwood is her opposite. Laid-back, single with no kids, he flips houses for a living, and just happens to move into the house opposite Iris, and with one swing of a hammer he turns her life upside down. Whe
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
Review also posted at My Book Snack

Life in the suburban town of Spangler may seem all cookie cutter on the outside, but the people living there are every bit as unique. There is Iris Alden, a divorced single mom who tries to keep life and work balanced day to day while raising her teenage daughter. Carter Blackwood is the handsome, new house-flipper who just moved in across the street. He’s about to shake things up in Iris’ life. Then there are the neighbors, who are all so quirky and full of su
Melanie Moreland
Carter Blackwood.
What can I say about this man?
Cocky, self- assured, teasing, sexy, home flipper that he is, makes him everything Iris Alden thinks she needs to stay away from, yet somehow she can’t.
Iris is a mystery to Carter. Argumentative, smart mouthed and independent, he has no idea why he is so attracted to her. He certainly isn’t looking for a relationship—especially when he isn’t sure she is totally sane.
He’s there to renovate and flip the house he has purchased. That’s all.
These two
Amy Vastine
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well-paced rom-com that will have you swooning and giggling at the same time!

Jo Richardson has a wonderful way of spinning a story that's always full of interesting side characters and unforgettable heroes who make you smile as much as they make you melt. Carter is a house flipper, always on the move, trying to distance himself from his past and family expectations. Iris, on the other hand, has never really been anywhere but Spangler. She knows everyone and invests all of her time in her daughte
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, I found Iris completely standoffish and wasn't sure I was going to warm to her, but she certainly turned my opinion round! She soon found her inner snark, and you realise her reasoning for being the way she is, having to just deal with all the crap life has thrown at her, and still survive.

Loved Carter from the off. He just had that wonderful sense of charm with a wicked touch of innuendo on the side. Just what I like in a man. Especially one that's good with his hands ;-)

Jo really do
Jeanne McDonald
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a sweet romance with a slow burn, this is the one for you. Iris and Carter are like night and day. He's a great guy with a few skeletons in his closet (what great MC doesn't??) and she's a single mother trying to get keep everything in her life together. There are twists and turns that keep the reader engaged, but then that's to be expected from J.R Richardson. A great read all around! ...more
Shelly's Book Corner
Iris Alden is the divorced mother of a teenage girl who barely has time for herself. Between her job, baking for all the events her daughter is more than happy to sign her up for and being involved in any and every single committee around town, she has her hands full.
Enter Carter Blackwood, the handsome and carefree house flipper working on the house across the street and Iris’ life will slowly, but surely be turned upside down.
This book is a sweet and clean story of unexpected love. A woman who
Lynda Dickson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 17+
Shelves: adult
When Iris meets her new neighbor, Carter, sparks fly. But he's only around long enough to flip a house. Besides, they're both getting over relationships and not really looking to start anything new. Things are complicated by a problematic sixteen-year-old daughter, an amorous boss, a persistent ex-husband, and a best friend who isn't acting like one. Will Iris and Carter ever be able to get past their differences?

This is a gorgeous story told from the points of view of both Iris and Carter. It's
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book is a double entendre , fitting both major characters.
If you have ever done a major home renovation you know there is no predicting what will go wrong just that it will. If you take on flipping a house, magnify that prediction a thousand fold. In fact, the errors and complications will affect other areas of your life.
The same goes true for raising a child, magnify the complications and detours when that child becomes a teenager. Add a cheating exhusband and the complication
books are love
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THis is a sweet book. You feel like a bystander watching life as it unfolds when reading this book. The main characters are opposites in so many ways. Carter is intrigued by Iris but doesn’t do well when first meeting her and has his work cut out for him. Love Carter I think mainly because he isn’t perfect. He is still finding his roots and have them take hold.

The love story is organic very natural in how it flows. As is the story, It shows us life. Life with its good bits and messy bits. How li
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I have read from this author and it was an enjoyable story with a HEA. The story is about a divorced mom who ends up having feelings for a new-to-town hottie who is fixing up a house in her neighborhood, though she didn't want to give him the time of day at first. There were a couple of surprises/twists thrown into the mix. It was a quick read for me, though I felt like the story was a little rushed and not fully developed. At times I felt like it was slow, while at other ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Iris new neighbour turns out to be a gorgeous man, but he riles her up like no one else. Trying to juggle her single mom life, with the exhusband not wanting to help, baking cookies and helping out in the community, her days are full.
She´s got no time for the man with a grin and a plan.
Carter´s just here to flip a house, he never expected his next door neighbour to be this irresistible, or easy to affect. When feelings grow, he needs to make decisions about his old life, and the new possibilit
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
4.5 Stars. A big thanks to this author for writing such an enjoyable book! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to spend time reading a humorous, witty and delightful love story with some drama involved. The journey to the happy ending was one I did not want to see end. It was hard to say goodbye to Carter and Iris. The format of the book was appreciated since each chapter alternates between the two and we can appreciate their thoughts and views. I received this book from the Goodrea ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Jo's writing so I jumped at the chance to check this new one out. It was funny and sweet and had just enough drama for me to be great. Loved all the characters a lot, especially Carter.

I gave it four stars because I just wasn't 100% sold on their connection. I think if it had've been longer and that part of the story had been detailed a bit more then it would have been prefect. But I understand the other storylines and characters and back story need their time too, and a book can only be
InD'tale Magazine
This wonderful specimen of a well-crafted story is written in the first-person and shifts between Iris’ and Carter’s point of view using present tense throughout.

Read full review in the 2015 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-favorite
The title of Jo Richardson’s book, Cookie Cutter, is a double entendre referring tboth main characters in the adorable contemporary romance. This second-chance at love is packed with fantastic characters, great messages and the sadly humorous suburban neighborhood politics.

Although Iris Alden has booted her philandering ex-husband from the house, she can’t completely rid her life of him. Their daughter, Ally, would like a dad in her life. Actually, she’d like two parents under the same roof, and
Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
This is my first Jo Richardson book but it won't be my last. I loved Cookie Cutter with its sassy heroine and hunky hero. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting.

Iris Alden is woman who's learning her new normal after her divorce. Her daughter isn't making it any easier with her attitude.

Carter Blackwood has been making a living one flip at time since leaving his law career behind. However, this new flip is unlike any of the others because of the striking woman that leaves across the street
Darlene Avery
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cookie Cutter by Jo Richardson follows the life of a single mom dealing with her 16 yo daughter, being divorced, and trying to have some normalcy in her life.

However, the new guy across the street working on flipping the house he's just bought keeps throwing a kink in her plans.

This book was enjoyable, but moved a little slow. It deals with some real life issues and the power of having someone you love at your side.

3.5 Stars
United Indie Book Blog
Real life right here. Something so simple can become complicated and messy so fast. The characters are relatable and the story is raw and real. Iris is a mother of a teenage daughter who likes everything to have its place and be perfect. In walks Carter who pushes Iris beyond her comfort zone. Watching them finally give in is wonderful.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a book that leaves me wanting more. Great read, real depth to the characters and my all time favorite - snarky/sarcastic comments. Go pick this up today!
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for Cookie Cutter by Jo Richardson

I received this book for an honest review. Some spoilers in this review.

Once I got well into the book, I enjoyed it. To me, it had a very slow start. Many things were eluded to, and it took quite a while to get those answers (or at least for me), I understand why this is done, but some seemed to take much longer and I felt they were important to understanding the characters. There were some other things that prevented me from giving it a full 5 stars. It
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought I was going to love this book. I've been a fan of the author since she wrote fanfiction. I thought it would be a fun, light read with lots of laughter. I really wanted to like this book. Sadly, I did not.

From the get go, I did not like Iris. She came off so rude to Carter from the very beginning. She didn't get much better. She's so judgmental and like her friend Beatrice said, she has a "stick up her ass." She gets completely wasted on her first date with Carter, while she's supposed
Mary Devereaux
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoyed this book. The only thing preventing five stars for me is the need for better editing... But I'll get to that momentarily.

I'm not one to rehash the book blurb in a review, because, as a reader, I want to know what others thought about the book. Not tell me what a back flap does in 150 words or less.

That said, the whole story of Iris and Carter is like a comedy of events with fantastic dialogue, some steamy sex scenes, and a heart warming happy ending.

Yes, Iris--the stick up h
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cookie Cutter is Jo Richardson's second novel and after loving Cursed be the Wicked I was so excited to read what was next. Once again Ms. Richardson does not disappoint!
Cookie Cutter tells the story of Carter and Iris two very unlikely neighbors in a housing development in Georgia. Iris is a wonderfully neurotic divorced mother of a 15 year old girl trying to do it all. I fell in love with her crazy, too busy, not able to get out of her own way trying to create a new persona but meeting some s
Amanda R
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the Author for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Where do I even start with this story?! I'm not even going to lie I have a deep affection for this author. She is one of the sweetest women I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I love the way weaves her words in to a story so well written and I feel like I'm watching a movie instead of reading a story. I have to say I was disappointed at the end.... because there wasn't more to read! Lets break this down shall we?

Iris is a sing
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although J.R. Richardson often injects other elements into her writing like the supernatural or a mystery, she manages to make this more straight forward romance anything but cookie cutter. Her characters are interesting and complex, and their backgrounds and the reasons for their behavior unfold throughout the book. You have the feeling as you're reading that you're slowly peeling an onion and discovering all of their layers until they are finally laid bare.

Carter strikes us as cocky at first,
Jami Denise
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
So, I had the honor of reading this little treasure of a story for review, and I am telling you, it's another home run for Jo Richardson.

This was a perfect weekend read. The way Jo incorporates humor into her books is so effortless and relatable, this is real life. The ups and downs and the faux pas life throws at us flows across the pages like you're sitting on the couch watching it unfold, and to me, that's good dang writing.

And now on to the characters. Carter, oh Carter. This is a man I wan
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