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Roots and Wings (City Limits #1)

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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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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.
COPY provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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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
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 ...more
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.

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'Roots and Wings' is book one of the new
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
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
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!
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
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 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
Apr 03, 2016 Ginette rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-love, read-2016
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
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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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
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
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
Jul 11, 2016 Mari rated it really liked it
There's just something about small towns, the sense of community, neighbors, and laid back lifestyle. Then you also have the gossip and nosy townsfolk they might mean well but as always they can be in your business. Mutt grew up in Wynne although not her real name it stuck and got to be stigma of sorts. Vaughn moved to find the simple life and establish roots. When they meet it's simple nothing fancy but it had an impact.

I like how they progressed from helping a neighbor out to finding out above
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
Alison Maxwell
Mar 27, 2016 Alison Maxwell rated it it was amazing

"I'd never felt like that. I'd never expected someone like him to ever be interested in someone like me. But, even though I couldn't explain it, I really liked that he did."

I've read all of M. Mabie's books and with every release I think "this one is my favorite" and then she puts out a new one and I think, "nope, it's this one." Well, Roots and Wings was no exception.

The writing was exquisite as always. I could picture that small town with the people who gossiped and knew everyone's business.
Christine Alibutud
May 11, 2016 Christine Alibutud rated it liked it
"Sometimes when you meet people you wonder: how are they going to change my life?

And sometimes when you meet the right person, all you can think is what a privilege it would be to change theirs."


Here are my two cents for Roots and Wings:

1. I guess what I like most about this book is the authentic feel of the setting and pacing of the story.

2. The important characters all had appealing personalities, which was a good bridge for the readers to connect with them. However, I feel like they were
Mar 28, 2016 Talon rated it really liked it
Before you even ask, NO…this book is nothing like her Wake Series books. But you know what? I think that is a good thing. One: because it would be hard to even come close to that angsty series and two: this one is in a realm of its own with its uniqueness.

With Roots and Wings we get a real nice slow-burn every day romance with a normal hero and heroine. Nothing over the top or over exaggerated. In regards to the romance aspect, I literally sat there thinking “OMG GIVE ME SOME ACTION!” that’s how
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
Is it weird that I have strated to like drama in my romances? Nothing extreme but just a touch of angst (okay a lot of angst!), and tear their clothes of passion and that's what I found out when I read this book!

Don't get me wrong, I loved this book - I really did! You can't go wrong with a sweet girl and a city man worshiping her. I loved every single aspect about this book - from Mutt aka Hannah to Vaughn to the little town they resided in! But most of all, I loved the writing, the plot and t
Becca Reads A Lot
Mar 29, 2016 Becca Reads A Lot 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 small town,
Cynthia Heisner
Mar 28, 2016 Cynthia Heisner rated it it was amazing
I am a small town girl, so this small town romance felt very, very real. This book was a super quick read for me. The flow of the story and the words were perfect. If you are looking for a simple love story with some great chemistry and wit thrown in, this is your book. This booked lacked most of the things that I look for in a book; there was no love triangle, no cheating, nothing dark, no brooding, but I still got sucked in. I felt like I was transported to Wynne right along with these ...more
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