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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  554 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Megan Phenix and her sister Nancy own a popular bar and grill in gay-friendly Eureka Springs. Following two failed relationships, Megan has sworn off women, but that seems to have only increased her appeal to single lesbians in town. Labeled as “playing hard to get”, she finds that some will go to any lengths to snag a date with her. Megan soon finds she’s the source of am ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Bella Books
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Feb 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been waiting for Jae’s “Something in the Wine” to come out on Audiobook for awhile now, and I was intrigued at the very similar plot of Gerri Hill’s “The Roundabout”. Two people fake dating to get others off their back…what could go wrong? Or right?

As usual, Gerri Hill’s writing style and dialogue is enjoyable. The MCs aren’t particularly amazing or memorable, but I like them well enough. The narrator did a fine job. All in all, I would normally flesh out this review a bit and probably give
Corporate Slave
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute book :) it was funny (actually very funny which was interesting because it’s not necessarily Geri Hill’s style), romantic and most importantly made me smile throughout the whole time I was reading it!
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Since Megan Phenix, owner of ‘The Phenix Grill’, broke up with her girlfriend, she is tired of being invited on dates by all the eligible lesbians in the small town of Eureka Springs. When Leah Rollins opens a shop next to the grill and starts receiving unwanted attention, she agrees with Megan to fake-date so they can keep lesbians at bay. Can they pull it off? There’s only one minor issue, they don’t like each other. Or do they?

‘The Roundabout’ is Gerri Hill’s take on the fake relationship tro
The Roundabout by Gerri Hill is what I would call a sweet romance. There really isn’t a lot of heat/ I want to ravish your body moments, and there isn’t any angst to dial up the tension. No, it’s just a cute story with some aww moments along the way.

Megan Phenix is thirty-nine and has sworn off dating forever. After two monumental strikeouts in the love department, she has decided that relationships are not worth the hassle and heartbreak. To make matters worse, Megan is the hottest commodity in
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
So, this is a difficult book to review because so much of the plot revolves around the victimization of one of the main characters by a sexual predator. But that victim, Megan, is a vibrant character, full of life and spirit.

Now a book about a sexual predator and her victim would be fine, these things do happen in life, the problem with this novel is that this is meant to be a light hearted romance and the author seems wholly unaware of what she's written.

************Spoilers Ahead, proceed with
This is a nice, easy, feel-good romance. Eureka Springs is a small town with a large gay population. Megan feels hunted. It's been a year since her public break-up and Mary Beth leads the pack of women trying to date her. When Leah moves to town she starts feeling the pressure too.

Megan is grumpy and temperamental and I really liked her as a character, probably because her bad temper is circumstantial rather than a trait. Leah is the opposite. She's even-tempered and quick to smile. She's also c
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, lgbtq, arc, netgalley
Like all Gerri Hill stand alone romances, I went into The Roundabout with mid-range hopes. Her books are never really stellar but they're almost always enjoyable in a light, easy read with moderately engaging characters who I want to see succeed and be happy.

Unfortunately, this one didn't meet my expectations. The book was shortish but still felt bloated with lots of repeated words and basic information. It could have been tightened up quite a bit to make it move along at a better pace but, as i
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a fun reading!!! I had a really good time reading this book. Even at times I thought this was a Robin Alexander's book, of which I am an unconditional fan!!! The characters are very funny, the dialogues and the situations have made me lol. And the romantic story has also seemed very good to me. I highly recommend reading this book. ...more
Nolly  Sepulveda
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun story with a cast of hilarious women and funny antics. Megan and Leah were perfect together and all the crazy goings on on Facebook kept me smiling. So if you're looking for a good laugh and a sweet crazy romance than this would be just the story to read. ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The pacing and length of the book was perfect, I have no complaints there.

This book had me laughing out loud at different stages of this story, I don’t remember Gerri Hill’s novels ever being that funny.

I rather enjoyed how Leah and Megan’s relationship progressed throughout the story.

The only thing that bothered me was the posting of Megan’s pictures on Facebook and that almost everyone just allowed it to happen.

If you’re looking for a quick fun read, then this is the book for you.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I read this in just a few hours while I was on a plane. It was cute enough, and certainly provided enough entertainment to break up the mind numbing monotony of flying through the air in a metal tube, but I found myself a little disappointed at the end. There wasn't a whole lot of substance to this. It's a fake dating plot! There are so many opportunities for shenanigans! Sadly, most of those opportunities slipped by.

There were also a few problematic points, in my mind. The scenario th
Nov 02, 2019 added it
This is one of the most toxic things I have ever read... spoilers

Megan Phenix wakes up naked in bed with a woman whom she does not remember sleeping with, later we find out that she had gotten blackout drunk after receiving a message from an ex, and instead of taking her home, her sister decides to place her in Mary’s bed, fully clothed. (woman who Megan wakes up with)

Soon after, we find out that the woman had gotten her naked and taken pictures of her while she was blackout drunk and passed out
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one's a quick read at just 231 pages. Gerri knows how to write a romance. She's never done the fake relationship trope, though, so that was an interesting turn for her! The only drawback to this story for me is there's a secondary character who does something VERY disturbing and everyone in this small town seems to think it's some kind of harmless prank. It's not. So that character prevented this from being a 5 star read for me, but the romance between the two MCs was satisfying. I especial ...more
Velvet Lounger
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This isn’t my normal type of review – and there’s a spoiler about the storyline, so be warned.

On the one hand this is a lighthearted enjoyable read about slightly older women in a small town searching for love. Its starts with a bunch of single friends and through a series of sometimes funny and sometime poignant happenings we get to the expected happy ever after. It's full of humour and the main relationship is delightful to watch.

As with all Gerri Hill’s books its well written and crafted, wel
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Got the audio version of this book. Fun book. Great dialog, the bickering and banter had me laughing out loud. The love story was a slow build and worth it. The narrator was really good.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing out loud! The banter back and forth made for an easy fun read! Great book!
Feb 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: f-f, romance
While you may commend the writer for writing a lesbian love story with older women as main character, it would have been better if they were not acting (the "couple" and almost all the town) as teens, not in the hormonal term which could have been sweet, but as those angsty-social-network-afficianado which has become the norm lately.

I know it's harsh but that book was part-sad, part-boring.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was really a nice read!! I loved Leah so much!! And then Megan too. Mary B was so annoying if I was Megan, I would have sued her!! Leah is my favourite character from this book. I hope I be like when I grow up (still enjoying life)
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet and funny romance.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This was sort of a dumb gay harlequin-type predictable romance but an easy entertaining read for a lazy summer afternoon.
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: borrowed-library
I am so mad. This book would have been so good! I love the fake-dating and enemies-to-lovers tropes, and there was even a romantic scene at the end that took place during a power outage! I love this stuff!
I can't get past the awful conflict that drives the story forward.
Main character Megan, at her birthday party, gets blackout drunk after receiving a voicemail from a nasty ex. After Megan passes out, her sister and friends abandon her, leaving her alone with the woman hosting th
Dorothy Bennett
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Author of thirty novels, Gerri Hill is an accomplished writer who always delivers a fun tale. THE ROUNDABOUT, set in a small town (Eureka Springs) in the Ozarks, provides a lesbian romance about two women business owners, Megan, 39, and Leah, 51. Megan owns with her sister, Nancy, a restaurant that is established, and Leah is a transplanted California who is new to town. The two clash over parking spaces in front of their adjoining businesses--causing them to begin a relationship as adversaries. ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nancy Burns
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Laugh out loud funny"

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If you could sum up The Roundabout in three words, what would they be?

Curmudgeon finds love

Who was your favorite character and why?

Megan. She's cranky in the sweetest and funniest of ways. It's great fun to watch as Leah eventually (and kind of easily) slides past her defenses.

What about Nicol Zanzarella’s performance did you like?

All of it. She is great with all the characters and delivers a smooth and enjoyable performance
Ivanka K.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is wrong. The facebook escapade was beyond disgusting. The only sane person is the MC. Even her fake girlfriend laugh about something that should be outrageous. At the end everything goes all peace&love, when the right course of events should have been with someone in jail or with a restraining order. And don’t get me started with the sister... Thank god I’m an only child
Eva Reddy
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't stop giggling. Loved it. ...more
Kirsty Wade
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Great story line, sizzling chemistry and good humour, will definitely be a story I will read again. Thank you Gerri, again.
Stef Daniel
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
feisty! the hazards of a small town never sounded so good! Definitely a good giggle throughout. LOVE Gerri Hill's characters in this dream town! ...more
Laurie Brown
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

I love Gerri Hill's writing, her books make me want to read more of her stuff. The characters in her books are like people we know and their situations are similar.
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Gerri began writing lesbian romance as a way to amuse herself while snowed in one winter in the mountains of Colorado, and hasn’t looked back. Her first published work came in 2000 with One Summer Night. Many more romances have followed, with the occasional murder mystery in the mix.
Gerri’s love of nature and of being outdoors usually makes its way into her stories as her characters often find the

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