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Roots and Wings (City Limits #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  736 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
Welcome to Wynne, population 3,401.

No billionaires. No professional athletes. No celebrities.

In this small town, current events are pondered in mirrors at the local salon or around crowded tables at the diner, and there’s a new couple to gossip about. A rough and tumble woman who works in her dad’s garage, not yet ready to spread her wings, shows the new guy in town what i
Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Fifty5Cent Publications
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Apr 05, 2016 Arianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars!!


I love when an author surprises me, in a good way of course and M. Mabie sure did with this enjoyable gem. 'Roots and Wings' was such a delightful read for me. I had a smile or a goofy grin on my face the entire time reading this first book in the series. Not only I found this book refreshing, but I also enjoyed every aspect of it. I used to read lots of small town romances, so I really wasn’t so surprised when I ended up enjoying this one. This first book in the series fallows the stor
Mar 30, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it
4 stars

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Roots and Wings- ‘low on drama, high on love’. I would say the author gave a pretty accurate description of her book right there. A standalone, small town romance that was sweet and fun to read. This was my first M. Mabie book and I found it to be refreshing. It was nice to pick up a light and sweet read that held my interest with a strong heroine and a swoony hero.

When Vaughn moved to Wynne, he expected things to be different. He expected to come with a fiancé. But he’s alone, getting
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 31, 2016 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

”No one had ever acted like they could see that, maybe deep down, there was more than just Mutt. And, if that was true, I wanted to let him find out because then I’d know, too.”


This is my first book by this author and I am pleasantly surprised because I found it to be a great little story. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of a small town girl falling in the love with the new dentist in town who is looking to put down roots. I loved the characters, the plot and the low impact drama.
Apr 05, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
This was a perfect light and sweet read. It is low on angst and high on romance. I just loved the small town life that is lived by the characters in this town. The heroine who has been nicknamed "Mutt" all her life, is such an endearing character. She is a tom-boy that is quite gruff; but she also has vulnerability to her that just makes her a very nicely well rounded character. I love how she is more than capable of taking care of herself; yet when she meets the new hot dentist that moves to to ...more
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 photo 467f61808318e3d782f0894809951e_zpsltnkjlnd.gif“Her heart was too big to let people treat her like that. Treat her like she was less than the wonderful, beautiful, kind woman she was.”

No cheating. No angst. No love triangle. No drama. And this is a M. Mabie book!!! Did I enter a twilight zone? LOL. Well, one thing is for certain she definitely shocked me. YES Mo, I am shocked. Not in that hair-pulling and me yelling at her WHY!!! But in the way that she completely caught me off guard
4 Sweet Stars

I realized I wanted her to love me, and I wanted to love her back, but also knew we had some time to kill between now and then.

Am I still experiencing a wicked case of the sugar shakes after reading Roots and Wings? Oh my lawd, yes!

Did I enjoy each and every moment of that sweet goodness? *sigh*

Yeah, I sure did.

My favorite aspect of this book is the fact that, yes, it all seemed a little quick and too good to be true, but the story owned it!

“Mutt” O’Falllon and Vaughn “Astro” Renf
Lisa Jayne
Mar 31, 2016 Lisa Jayne rated it liked it

"No billionaires. No professional athletes. No celebrities."


This was my first book by the talented Mo Mabie and I'm happy to say that I'm pretty much convinced that it won't be my last. Refreshingly 'normal' and full of sweet romance I knew that this book would be a story that I would enjoy and I wasn't far wrong. Mo Mabie has created a storyline that felt as easy as a night with friends and a bottle of bubbly.

What's it all about?
'Roots and Wings' is book one of the new
Apr 06, 2016 JLC rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Safety Gang & KU Subscribers
4.25 - Now this is what I call a romance! Kudos to M. Mabie for such a WONDERFUL story!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 256 pages
Ages: h/26 - H/31
Part of a Series/Installment: Yes, bk1 to the City Limits series.
Standalone/Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
M/F-M/M-M/M/F-etc: (view spoiler)
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Descriptive Sex or Drama Between H/h W
May 20, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing
Vaughn Renfro has just moved from Cleveland to a small town called Wynne to be the new dentist. Originally he was going to move with his girlfriend, soon-to-be fiancé, but that didn't happen when he found out she'd been cheating on him with a friend. So, he's now the new guy in town that everyone is talking about.

After a bad start to his move, he meets Mutt O'Fallon at the diner he stops to get some food at. Unfortunately, the kitchens closed, but when Mutt offers to share her sandwich with him
Kate Phoenix
I can’t remember where I found this book and I won’t lie but I’m sure that it was going to be slightly not up my alley. But it was bloody brilliant.

4 “Mouth Porn” Stars.

Wynne population ca. 2500, this is the town that you literally couldn’t take a shit without someone knowing it and three others smelling it.

Girl meets boy.

Mutt O’Fallon, yes that is her name has always lived in Wynne, her Mum left her and her Grandpa gave her the horrible nickname which stuck. Mutt, I’ll get to her real name l
Aug 06, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

Sometimes I need a break from all the angst and drama I read in books. And this was the perfect book. There really wasn't any unnecessary drama. It was a sweet and fun love story.

Mutt O'Fallon is a tomboy who works at her dads garage. She's also a bit rough around the edges. Mutt isn't looking for a relationship, but that all changes when the new dentist, Vaughn, comes to town.

Vaughn Renfro is the new dentist in town. He was supposed to move into his new home with a fiancé, but everythi
Apr 03, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Kate Phoenix
This book was recommended to me by one of my GR friends. Usually, I’ll wait and research a book before I actually read it. This time, I decided to just go for it and I’m glad I did.

I don’t usually like slow-burn romances. My attention span just won’t allow for it. I need instant connection, instant love. But you know what? This book actually worked for me. The characters were engaging and interesting enough to hold my attention. I wanted to see where this would all go and I loved how they got th
Mar 29, 2016 Mandy rated it it was amazing

Books like this are the reason I read romance - the chemistry, the slow building relationship, a hero who knows what he wants, appreciates it when he finds it and a strong, unique heroine who is fun and easy to relate to. I really loved the build up between Vaughn and Mutt- it was fantastic! This is a great book for anyone who loves a good, small-town romance.
Lea ★
Small town. Girl. Boy. Country music playing in my head.
This is a wonderfully written, sweet, slow burn romance.
You will feel good after reading it. Trust me.
Mar 31, 2016 Loz rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this one. it's sweet and light-hearted but still has some nice steam. i loved the heroine, mutt and our hero, vaughn. this was a low angst with no unnecessary drama book which suited me perfectly at the same. sometimes it good to go back to those innocent good old fashioned small town romances. filled with some great one liners and good humour, i'd recommend!
Apr 09, 2016 Lorie rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS!!!!

Roots and Wings is like a scoop of well-made vanilla ice cream. It doesn’t need all the hot fudge, whipped cream, and extra toppings to make it great. It’s best just plain and simple all on its own.

This is such an incredibly refreshing read. There’s no unnecessary drama, no angst, and no “surprises” just for the heck of trying to mess with the reader. This was home cooking (or ice cream making) at its finest. M Mabie’s writing and amazing storytelling are the cherry on top of this
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a cute read. I think it's a great candidate for in-between heavier books because overall it's a sweet, light, low drama book. This was going to be a 4 star read for me until the last 10% (see below h spoiler) and the ending. I wanted more happy times between the conflict and the HEA epilogue, and the h made me so mad!

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Mutt and Vaughn's story. Vaughn is the new dentist in the small town that Mutt lives in, and they meet
Bex (Night Owl Reader)
Apr 04, 2016 Bex (Night Owl Reader) rated it really liked it
A very cute and light read. Just what I needed!

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Apr 13, 2016 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Ahh sweet. It dragged a bit in the middle but I loved the small town feel to this.

And an extra star was awarded for the dirty dentist getting freaky with her in his chair after hours. And he was so good she could eat ice cream right after he'd fixed her cracked tooth. I want him poking around in my mouth.

Apr 04, 2016 Polly rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, review-blog
**3 stars**

When M. Mabie tagged this book as "Low on drama. High on love", I had to sign up right away. That's my preferred reading style! As a fan of her past NA works I had high expectations.

Roots and Wings is a story about small town love. As someone who grew up in a small southern town, I could relate to a lot of that side of the story.

Mutt (nickname and kind of annoying) was the town tomboy. She worked in her family's auto shop and loved to fish. I think I had a hard time relating to her
Quirky Omega
Aug 27, 2016 Quirky Omega rated it it was amazing
Whether we like it or not, we do often judge books by their covers. That is why authors and publishing houses invest so much into coming up with the most amazing and provoking covers.

Roots and Wings' cover completely charmed me. The feathers, the font, the colours: minimal and perfect.

As for the actual story; not as exceptional but pretty great in itself.

The female lead, Hannah, is so organic in her character that despite not being a book fantasy, she manages to be fantastical. Even though she'
Apr 03, 2016 Ginette rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-love, read-2016
3.5-4 Very sweet story. Great characters, cute storyline. ...more
Megan  ~The Never Ending Book Basket
Have you ever read a book that just felt right from the very first words? You know, one of those books that sweeps you up right from the start with its ease, its goodness, and its personality. Have you ever experienced a story that flowed so naturally, so fluidly, and so vibrantly that you were just about smitten with everything that story was giving you? Have you ever fallen heart first in love with two unique and so easy to love characters in the midst of experiencing that story that just felt ...more
Mar 29, 2016 ~Dawn~TUG rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars Enjoyed this sitting read!

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Jun 22, 2016 Elodie rated it liked it
Sweet story, but too common to stand out...
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Mar 29, 2016 Yvette (Booksandbandanas) rated it really liked it
There is nothing as refreshing then reading a book that has a little Country swag. I adored everything about this book, the characters are all so welcoming and likable I couldn't find one thing I didn't like.

You meet Mutt.The tomboy. The fisher. The outgoing never asks for anything. In the town of Wynne everyone knows who everyone is. Mutt, who yes, as the book goes on you find it her real name is exactly what I Would picture southern hospitality. She, from start to finish made me love her more
Apr 14, 2016 Tangerine rated it really liked it


This was such a super cute read! It was well written, sweet, relateable, very low on drama, and refreshing. I adored these characters and the simple storyline.
Red Cheeks Reads
Apr 01, 2016 Red Cheeks Reads rated it really liked it
'I needed to kiss him. I wanted to yesterday, but today . . . it was crucial to my sanity.'

Roots and Wings is the first book in the City Limits series by M. Mabie. A huge departure from the angst and drama she is known for after The Wake Series. A light and easy read that focuses on the developing love of Vaughn and Mutt instead of any kinda of outside drama.

'I was the daughter of a grease monkey who liked to fish. My hair was always a mess. I barely wore makeup, mostly because I wasn't sure
Mar 27, 2016 Marivett rated it really liked it
After reading Bait by this author, this was not what I was expecting, and I say this in a good way. Roots and Wings was a sweet love story from beginning to end. I found myself lost in this book.

Sometimes you just want to sit down and read a feel good book. No drama, no sadness, just FEEL. GOOD. This book delivered on that. Vaughn and Mutt.... They were so good together, no BS. They said what they felt, when they felt it. The more I read, the more I wanted to move to this place, be a part of thi
Apr 22, 2016 Shandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: standalone
You know those books you look for when you need a break from angst, dark reads, or just need a light fast read? Well Roots and Wings is that book; it is a completely endearing small town romance.

Our heroine Mutt is a rough around the edges girl who helps her dad at his shop and loves to fish. Mutt seems content with her life and doesn’t seem to be missing anything. This all changes with the arrival of Vaughn the new dentist in town. Vaughn is a city boy looking for the small town life. He is loo
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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She is the author of the steamy comedy Fade In. Her sophomore release, Bait, is the first book in the angst-filled erotic Wake Series. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody "real-life romance."

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