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Roots and Wings

(City Limits #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,504 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Suddenly, I was a bachelor in an unfamiliar town with a money pit of a house, a truck that wouldn’t run, and a new job. Yet, all could think about was Mutt, or at least that’s what they called her.

To me, she was gorgeous and witty ... and perfect. She knew more duty than desire, more perseverance than passion, and more acquaintance than affection, but here was
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Fifty5Cent Publications
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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
Mar 16, 2016 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 ready to
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 31, 2016 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.”

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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. This bo
Apr 03, 2016 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, on
• Lisa •
Mar 24, 2016 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 'City Limits' collection by MoSTARS.
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 iStars
Melanie A.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melanie by: Skylar
He made me feel so good about being me.
Simple, swoon-worthy romance! No gimmicks, no clichés - just falling in love. I enjoyed every moment of it.
"There's something about you that stays with me when you're not around. I think about you a lot."
If you're a fan of small town romances, I HIGHLY recommend this one.

The heroine was exactly like this:
I liked that she was independent, and I totally dug the fact that she let me see her look vulnerable, too.
And the hero - eeeeep! - was
Kate's Corner
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
May 18, 2016 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
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara➰ by: Kate's Corner
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
Mar 18, 2016 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.
I am so glad I finally pick this one up. It is a great small town romance that is low angst with a fantastic hero and heroine. Highly recommend.

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Mar 20, 2016 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!
SB*needs low angst books*
This was a really good read. It was a slow burn, character driven, and low angst read that kept me interested and I thought was sweet and very well done.

This is about small town life with a girl that goes by the nickname Mutt. It is an unfortunate nickname that stuck. She lives and works with her Dad at his car garage. The hero is Vaughn who has moved into town to take over as the new dentist to the town. He has dealt with a recent breakup and is trying to now settle and get used to
Jan 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Suddenly, I was a bachelor in an unfamiliar town with a money pit of a house, a truck that wouldn’t run, and a new job. Yet, all could think about was Mutt, or at least that’s what they called her.

To me, she was gorgeous and witty ... and perfect. She knew more duty than desire, more perseverance than passion, and more acquaintance than affection, but here was no way I’d ever want to change her. In fact, I
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/>Brief/>Overall
Bex |
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slow-burn
A very cute and light read. Just what I needed!

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Quirky Omega
Apr 02, 2016 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's a tomboy, we're no
Mar 25, 2016 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 rela
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars Enjoyed this sitting read!

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Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-love
3.5-4☆ Very sweet story. Great characters, cute storyline.
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
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first M. Mabie book and I must say I will be back for more as she tells a story well. Roots and Wings was a very sweet low drama book and I was long overdue to read one. These kinds of books are romance in its simplest form. There are many stolen kisses and sweet gestures. It doesn’t have to have high drama to keep the plot going. This book was a palette cleanser. It had also been a while since I have taken a chance on a book in a small town and I am glad I did. It had just enough of ...more
Aug 16, 2017 marked it as attempted-not-for-me
Shelves: contemporary
Eh, just feels very amateurish. Or maybe its just that there's nothing about this that stands out. Either way, I could finish it, buuuut I don't wanna.
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Mar 27, 2016 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
1.5 stars rounded to 2

This was a quiet story about two regular people falling in love. There aren't any Hollywood actors, MMA fighters, or rock stars. I liked the everyday aspect of this story. Unfortunately, the story was really boring.

What I liked:
1) The H is a really nice guy. He's very sincere, albeit cheesy and sappy, and he treats the h right.
2) The alternating povs.
3) Not any drama really. Unfortunately there want anything else interesting to make this story not
Becca Reads A Lot
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

In case you were wondering, this book is the spunkiest, sweetest, swooniest, most down to earth read that I have read in ages.

Mabie creates a rough around the edges heroine who won't grate on your nerves. In fact, she will make you smile and wish she were your friend.

Vaughn is every woman's dream man. But he doesn't feel fake or too good to be true. He just feels polished and perfect for our heroine.

Chalk full of quick one liners and too true statements about life in a
Alex ♈
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe
3.5 stars

very light and drama free read, as they promised in the blurb :-)

I enjoyed the book a lot. Slow burn, no virgin in sight, likable hero, funny moments.
I only wish the heroine were more self-confident (her doubts were a bit too much for my taste, she was a bright young woman, I wish she had more faith in herself).

Who... who the f*** calls his child Mutt?...
h's nickname and her acceptance of it made me mad.

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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody "real-life romance."

She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne's World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost

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