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Count Me In

(An Emerald City Romance #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she's out of a job.

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star N
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by 121 Publishing House (first published May 2017)
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Count Me In is fun, sassy, and oh-so-swoonlicious! Allegra is my people, though she’s way braver than I will ever be. Tyler is … well… let’s just say you’re going to need a fully stocked supply of fans, fainting couches, and freezers. The first kiss? #havemercy #stillgrinning

Tyler and Allegra (and Mikal Dawn) have mastered the art of banter as well as internal asides that kept me grinning and even chuckling throughout the novel. Mikal Dawn’s writing style perfectly complements her characters and
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I know of lot of readers enjoyed this book. For me, it was a miss. I didn't connect with either main character and struggled with elements of the story line and dialogue ("punk" and "goober" as examples). ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
A fun story with great characters, although the coffee references were overkill. Looking forward to more from this author!
Amy Leigh Simpson
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Sweet Treat! Mikal Dawn's debut novel might possibly be sweeter than Allegra's signature Kit Kat latte. Subtly infused with nudges of faith, this love story is both easy breezy and spiked with adventure! Dawn (the big tease) is maddeningly vague about conflicts stirring with the supporting cast, keeping a streamlined approach with Tyler and Allegra's burgeoning romance. Each of them wrestle both thoughtfully and bull-headedly with their fears and preconceptions about life and love. The road to ...more
Toni Shiloh
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored Count Me In. Seriously, adored. There are so many great things about this book, I'm not even sure I know where to begin.

Let me think....

Humor! Ms. Dawn's writing voice is hilarious! From the meet-cute's line of "My coffee!" and other hilarious lines like a "pennyback" I was clutching my side and snorting with laughter. Yep, snorting. 

If humor wasn't enough, the sparks and romance flying between Allegra and Tyler made me catch my breath with the beauty of it. Seriously, I may
Susan Snodgrass
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she's out of a job.

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business and leading others on extreme
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Such a cute story. I literally read this book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to eat it up!
The characters and story were so believable. It tugged at my heart in many ways; from the cute interactions of Tyler and Allegra to the fast pace of the whitewater trip.
WOW! Is all I can say about this author! WOW!
Mikal Dawn has really blessed us with an adventure-filled, fun and romantic novel! I will look forward to reading more of her books in the future! I hope to get to know
Beth Erin
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Grab life by the horns or stay on the porch? True, some ride the fence but this story is all about those horns and porches! Both of the main characters are firmly set in their ways when it comes to that line between safety and danger.

Allegra is my kind of gal. Yoga pants, books, overprotective-big-sister syndrome... we have a lot in common! Tyler is determined to live life to its fullest by embracing a wide range of adventurous experiences.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great novel, filled with fun, fear and faith. A girl who likes to colour inside the lines and doesn't take any unnecessary risks meets a boy who owns and runs an outdoors adventure company. Cue the laughs, the fears met head on during kayaking or paragliding and the faith which binds them together.
A definite winner from a debut author. And I'm looking forward to more.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
OH.MY! I was hooked into the story from the beginning. Allegra is so endearing, strong and smart. Tyler is an adrenaline junkie who has worked hard to overcome limitations from his past. It was fun watching the sparks fly in their relationship. I enjoyed watching as Allie and Tyler grew in their faith and confront their issues head on. Ms. Dawn beautifully shows us that the Lord is more than able to bring beauty from ashes in His own timing. I highly recommend this book.
Shawna Young
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Count Me In was a fun book from start to finish. Once I picked it up I didn't want to put it down. I finished it in a day and a half because I had to see how it ended. And that's saying a lot from this busy homeschool mother. I found myself holding my breath in several spots and hanging onto the edge of my seat

I did receive an early copy of Count Me In from the author and I was not required to provide a review.
Voni Harris
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you’re into adventuring, you will love Mikal Dawn’s debut book, Count Me In.

If you’re not adventurous, you will love Mikal Dawn’s debut book, Count Me In.

Because opposites attract, as you will find when you meet Allegra, an accountant, and Tyler, a former NFL player, and they meet each other.

What did I like about this book? Dawn skillfully weaves the comedy part of this romantic comedy around the issues of fear and adventure and faith with characters you wish you could get to know in real lif
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This story surpassed my expectations! There are so many things to love about this book, that I find myself overwhelmed with where to even start! Delightful characters that are easy to love, a beautiful setting, fun pros, moments of laugh-out-loud enjoyment, this book has all that and more! I purchased my copy of this fabulous book a few months ago after hearing rave reviews, and I am so glad that I did!

I found myself identifying with Al
Meghan DeWalt
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel has all the makings of a classic romantic comedy. Fiery chemistry, laugh out loud endearing moments between the leads--and so very much heart within every chapter.
The "opposites attract" trope is utilized in a refreshing way with Tyler and Allegra because on paper, they don't work. What is unique in how Ms. Dawn spun their love story was that they in actuality needed time apart to continue their growth, before they got back together in what I can only say was a very agonizingly stress
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I kept hearing good things about this book and everyone was right! I absolutely loved it! I loved the characters and watching them both overcome their very different fears. The banter was spot on and the romance was wonderfully paces throughout the story! This author is going on my must read list and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us! ...more
Sarah Monzon
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In need of a fun, heartwarming story that may have you snort-laughing from time to time? This story has a fresh voice, lovable characters, and is a perfect companion for your summer vacation.
Jennifer Rodewald
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Coffee, laughs, and a little bit of adventure? Count me in. Ms. Dawn's debut is a sweet and fun romance and I definitely enjoyed the journey. ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Count Me In (2017) by Mikal Dawn is the first book in the Emerald City Romance series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 326 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, this novel took me two days to read. I checked this novel out through Kindle Unlimited to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this story 5+++ STARS. This book is a Contemporary Christian Romance.

This book is wonderful! Absolutely wonderful, and I cannot wait
Fiction Aficionado
If you’re looking for a fun way to fill in a couple of hours, look no further than Count Me In—although Allegra Spencer may debate the use of the word ‘fun’! Paragliding, rock-climbing, and white-water rafting are definitely NOT fun in her book, and neither is falling in love with a guy whose whole world revolves around the adrenaline rush of extreme sports and adventure. There’s chemistry and attraction aplenty, but what good is that if you can’t share an interest in the biggest part of his lif ...more
Dawn Ford
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***Disclaimer: I received this book for an honest review.

Count Me In was such a fun read. From the first Kit Kat latte to the last drip of frothy romance, this book was delicious! Allegra’s greatest thrill is a hot and luscious lattes. Tyler’s excitement comes from falling through the sky or riding the rapids. These two couldn’t be any more different if they tried. The only thing they have in common is their mutual attraction and a God who continually throws them together.

This is a wonderful s
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mikal Dawn's debut novel, Count Me In, is filled with adventure, humor, and romance galore! After Allegra Spencer loses her job when the company she works for unexpectedly closes, she has to find a new job pronto. A chance encounter at her favorite coffee shop leads to an interview with outdoor adventure company, Hawk's Flight, owned by former NFL player and extreme sports enthusiast, Tyler Hawk. Although Allegra is not into outdoor adventuring at all, she accepts the job as the company's new ac ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What an adventure! Oh, and that first kiss! Whew! Seriously, this is a great book. I loved the opposites attract aspect (described as chocolate and green beans). I loved how this debut author wove fear and trust into each of the main characters lives. These were some people with real issues, letting go and trusting God with their fears and lives was expertly written without being "preachy" (I don't really like that description but it fits). This was such a fun, adventurous, romantic come
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Count me in with those who loved Count Me In by Mikal Dawn. If you’re in the mood for a clean, humorous, romantic comedy with amazing characters and crazy adventures, look no further. Accountant Allegra, who likes to keep both feet on the ground, and extreme sports enthusiast and leader, Tyler, seem to be polar opposites. Their different backgrounds have influenced their lifestyles. I loved the interactions between them while they tried to find a common ground. The author drew me in from the fir ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Opposites attract in this novel from Mikal Dawn. This was an interesting story of two flawed people dealing with different fears.

I found the adventure side of this book very interesting, but for me the romance was a little fast. But nonetheless I liked the book and will definitely read more from her in the future.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SUCH A GOOD BOOK! I loved every scene! :)

It's a sweet romance filled with plot twists and surprises.

The hero and heroine are the perfect match! They cry together, grow together, laugh together, pray together, and spend adventurous times together. They challenge each other and truly grow together. Where she's weak, he's strong. What he needs, she's got it. They have a solid friendship and a strong romance.

The author, Mikal Dawn, really impressed me with this first novel of hers! It's a keeper.
Courtney Clark
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Count Me In is a rom-com with adventure and heart. It is delightfully funny and sweet. I loved the banter, attraction, and dynamic between Tyler and Allegra. The sense of humor in this novel is unique to its author (Mikal :) ), complete with a vocabulary and obsession with caffeine that's enchanting and candid. But it's the heart-story underneath that whispers of fears and motives and dreams that truly makes Allegra and Tyler memorable. Their journey to love and "letting go" is full of humorous ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute and fun read. I enjoyed the banter between Allegra (such a fun name) and Tyler. I also enjoyed the character growth that both of them went through as the story progressed! I will be reading more of Mikal's work in the future as this series continues! ...more
Sue Stinnett
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Opposite Attraction

Can two people so different find common ground? He's into extreme sports she's an accountant. Is it true opposites attract? Enjoyable read with laughter and interesting adventure.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great mix of emotions as I read it and I couldn't put it down. Such an honest love story, and love the struggles with faith as it was believable and heartfelt. ...more
Clari Dees
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am always on the lookout for new authors to follow, and Mikal Dawn has just made that list with her debut release, Count Me In.
Count Me In is a fantastic, lighthearted Inspirational romance that snagged my attention from the very first page, and I loved the main characters, Tyler Hawk and Allegra Spencer. They are realistic and relatable and funny. I enjoyed watching Allegra learn how to leave her comfort zone and Hawk learn how to quit trying to shove her out of it. I'm also looking forward
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Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast and proud military wife. By day she works for an international sports ministry, and by night she mutters to imaginary friends, performs sketchy Google searches, and procrastinates (like any good writer!). When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for ...more

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