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The Start of Something Good

(Stay #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,429 ratings  ·  622 reviews

An enriching story of family ties, broken hearts, and second chances from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

When Ethan Bishop returns to the Hudson Valley, his body and spirit are a little worse for wear. As a former Special Forces paratrooper, he saw his fair share of conflict, and he came home with wounds, inside and out. At his sisters’ B & B and far

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 310 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Alex ♈
It was a long time I read a book by Jennifer Probst.
Why actually? *lol* She wrote one of my favorites Searching for Someday
Anyway, I’m happy I picked this one!

Loved, loved, loved the heroine.
Floved her!!!

Very intelligent, bright and loyal woman.
She had an excellent work ethic. Respect!

I miss smart heroines in romance, it’s a shame they sell beauty and a tight p*ssy (+ all-accepting attitude) as requisites to get a HEA, but often underrate personal qualities.

In my opinion brain is the greatest as
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Mia stared at him as the words wound their way through her head and heart, tingling up into one big knot. She’d met hundreds of men. Dated dozens. Fallen in love or lust twice. But not once had she wanted a man as badly as she wanted Ethan Bishop.

THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD is the first installment of the ”Stay” series by Jennifer Probst, and if this book is any indication of how this series is going to be, I can guarantee that this author’s
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by Montlake Romance)

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Ethan Bishop heads home to Gardiner, a small town in upstate New York where his family owns a bed & breakfast, and a horse farm. He's been gone too long, and returns to the life he'd once run away from for something bigger and better. He is ex-special forces, and a former Hollywood bodyguard who should feel lucky to be alive. He's come full circle, and was now just trying to heal all his broken pieces in private. He's back with his sister's Ophelia &
Debbie Oliphant
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I'm a fan of this author and this story did not disappoint.

Ethan moves back home after an injury from his Special Forces mission. He has physical and psychological injuries and believes the solitude of his childhood home can provide the escape that he needs. His two sisters run an Inn where his home is and they are supportive but urge and need him to try to heal. He agrees to help with their horse farm which houses horses that are rescues. The
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Sigh... She always makes me cry!! So good.
One of the reasons I love reading Jennifer Probst books is because she writes in such a familiar way that you just feel like you’re part of the story.

This story is so refreshing and she writes in such a way to allow us to yearn for a small town closeness and not the anonymity of the big city. A place where you know your neighbors and the local merchants. Where they become a part of your lives.

This book is the start of a
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD (Stay Book 1) by Jennifer Probst is definitely a GOOD start to a new contemporary romance series. The H/h start as enemies, but Ms. Probst weaves a story that gradually brings out their backstories, insecurities and vulnerabilities and turns them into a sexy couple who find they fit and have to decide what they truly want to get to their HEA.

Ethan Bishop has returned to his family’s B&B and animal rescue
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
Heroine: 4 stars.
Hero: 2 stars.
Animals: Hei Hei And Wheezy 5 stars.
Overall rating: 4 stars for the heroine and animals.

I enjoyed reading about the heroine who didn’t take any crap from the hero but I hated the hero. What right has a man or another person tell someone what to eat or not to eat? It was the heroine’s body and if she wanted to be on a diet or if she wanted to shoved her face with food that was her problem and hers alone!
I felt like if the heroine was in fact a woman with curves th
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: safe, no-ow-drama
This book is very sweet and well written! I liked Ethan and Mia and they ended up being perfect for each other! My favorite character was Hei Hei the chicken 🐓 I don’t know if I will read the next one- it seems as if Ophelia has been celibate quite some time so I expect a celibate hero too. Especially since it sounds like a second chance scenario.
Elle G.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Actual Rating: 4 stars

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The Start of Something Good is a lighthearted and easily likable novel where two people come together in unconventional circumstances. Jennifer Probst writes this novel in a way that makes it easy to visualize the scenery and characters while also making it feel magical and charming. Readers who are looking for an easy read with cute characters are going to want to give this one a try. I read it in
With The Start of Something Good, successfully launches a new series full of quick wit, small town charm and a mature and delicious romance that’s guaranteed to make you smile.

Ethan Bishop had spent his youth trying to make something of himself away from his small town. But when a rescue mission goes wrong and he can no longer serve as a Special Forces paratrooper, his dreams crumble and is forced to go back to his family’s B&B and horse farm. At least he can hide his pain and keep away from ev
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, unfinished
I wore down. I'm about halfway in and I lost interest in continuing. I can't pin down Ethan or Mia for motivation and the old people finally pushed me over the top. Skeevy oldsters are good for a joke or two but I don't get the continued patience with their interference and shenanigans for shenanigans' sake. I also hate that nobody is bothering to even try to investigate what the deal is with Chloe. She's in obvious trouble and throwing off scared vibes and I don't get doing zero to help out whe ...more
I had read and enjoyed some of Jennifer’s other books, so I requested this one without even reading the synopsis.

I really liked Mia and Ethan. They’re both stubborn and struggling with something and much more alike than they think. The banter and button pushing was fantastic. And their messed up meet cute turned absolute irritation made for a delicious foundation of hate to love. Ethan’s sisters were sweet and I’m guessing they’ll be getting their own books.

Plot wise it was good. There was a l
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Mia has an incredibly busy job working in PR in New York. She is knee deep into helping her client with his political campaign when she is sent to deal with his troublesome teenage daughter. If her misdemeanour was made public it could affect his campaign so Mia is accompanying her to a working horse farm to work remotely until the campaigning is done, keeping his daughter away from the public eye.

Mia makes a very lasting first impression on Ethan when she mistakes him for the hired help. Ethan
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
4 stars

The Start of Somethiing Good is definitely aptly named. Although it started off slow for me, it really brought on the feels after awhile.

Ethan is a wonderful, if surly, hero with shadows that darken his perfect eyes and sully his soul. He feels things too deeply and takes on the responsibility of too much but it's the only way he knows how to live. After tragic events occur, he reluctantly returns home to a tiny town in upstate New York, to his sisters and the house that made him who he i
I loved this story … so fun and interesting. The highlight of this one is the heroine, Mia, who is smart, interesting, loyal and a hard worker. She was vulnerable and strong at the same time … as we often are. I liked that the author brought that out in her. She also had some great moments when she gets all sassy! She stood up for herself at every turn which I enjoyed. I liked the hero as well and how their relationship grew from disdain to passion. There was more of a focus on the characters an ...more
TheBibliotheque ♡
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-arc
Rating: 3.5 stars
I love a good a enemies-to-lovers story, and Jennifer Probst’s throwing together of a wounded soldier and an uptight, prickly PR shark sounded like a read up my alley. As total opposites (at least on the surface), Ethan and Mia clash immediately. The latter wouldn’t be caught dead on a horse-rescue farm while the former is the furthest away from branded designer wear and corporate work having been burnt by the bad experience he’s had in the past.

‘The Start of Something Good’ however, has all th
ARC review

Jennifer Probst writes charming stories. In her new STAY series, she brings it on to a small town in the Hudson Valley filled with quirky characters, including an animated chicken, charming dogs, and beloved horses and yes, there is a human or two in the story as well.

Ethan Bishop is just back from the Middle East where he served as a pararescue trooper. His last mission wounded his heart as well as his body and he comes home to his family's B&B / farm to recuperate. Mia Thrush is th
Mar 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF 12% - heroine rubbed the wrong way and she came off very unlikeable. My tolerance is low for books that don’t grab me from the start.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 stars

THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD was a pleasant read, not angsty and just a lovely undulating journey. This is a perfect summer, low-concentration read, one for the beach or vacation.

Mia is a rising PR agent, representing the to-be Mayor or NYC. She’s somewhat vain, obsessed with being rake-thin and has no work-life balance. The to-be Mayor sends her to a farm way out of state to keep an eye on his wayward daughter doing community service. Ethan is ex-military, a bit predictably psychologica
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick and rather enjoyable read. Prissy Manhanttan public relations consultant with a perchant for designer wear is forced to babysit her politician-running-for-NYC-major's troubled teenaged daughter who has to serve her community services sentence at a horse rescue farm/B&B inn in upstate Hudson Valley. Ethan Bishop sustained career-ending injuries during a failed Special Forces mission. The man he was to rescue did not make it. He has returned back to his family's B & B to recuperate and reeva ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear readers,

You are cordialy invited to the Bishop's horse-rescue farm and B&B this summer, in the quaint little town of Gardiner, New York. There'll be dogs, horses, a chicken, a nineteen-year-old girl assigned to community service and quirky elderly people. You might witness a city girl with a love/hate relationship with sugar and a former serviceman who think himself unsuitable for civilian life exchange clever banters and passionated bickering. Here, you'll learn how and why these two kind
Putting this down at 6%. I feel like such a quitter. Le sigh... The writing style is just not for me nor the head space I'm in right now. I have enjoyed books by this author in the past, but that was a couple of years ago now, so maybe that isn't be true anymore. The writing style was too much telling not enough showing. The h was too superficial for me (I'm not interested in reading about her weight loss goals or the brand name anythings that she wears) and there was a fine line between strong ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I began to read the author in Spanish with the book called: Searching for Someday. I read Searching for Someday last year and I loved it, I really knew I wanted to read more about this author.

This saga hasn’t been published in Spanish so I taked the risk and I reading it in English, I don't regret anything. Sometimes I find hard to read in English because of the lack of habit, but I can tell you that this book is addictive, it ho
Under the Covers Book Blog
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Start of Something Good is the first book in her new series called Stay, and it is definitely a “Start of Something (really) Good.  Probst managed to pull at my heartstrings once again with this small-town-meet-city-slicker story.

Mia’s PR is at a brink of making it big with the company’s new client, mayor of NYC. Un
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

Such a lovely story...Mia and Ethan

An uptight city girl PR manager and hardened alpha eaten by the guilt from his past...they are an unlikely match, at first, enemies, then friends turned lovers fill up the pages with passionate banter that only excells towards physical attraction...and then someting more

BUT her task that led her to Ethan's horse farm and B&B resort, lead by his two sisters, is slowly inevitably coming to an end...and the growing love they feel makes the distance between the
Susan (susayq ~)
What a really good start to this series! I loved Ethan and Mia and I see an interesting story coming for Ophelia. I hope we get to see Chloe again too.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The Start of Something Good is the first book in the Stay Series by Jennifer Probst. This book follows the story of Mia and Ethan. As a former Special Forces Paratrooper and bodyguard, he’s seen his fair share of pain and drama. So, when he finally makes his way home, his wounds are far deeper than people imagine. He hides out at the family farm so he won’t have to deal with people and the town he once lived in. All is going to plan until Mia blows into his life and turns everything upside down… ...more
I haven't read any books by Jennifer Probst before but I knew her name and so when I saw this ARC available on NetGalley I requested it.

So, Ethan Bishop is a former special forces soldier/Hollywood bodyguard who has returned home to the family B&B and horse sanctuary after a disastrous op to metaphorically lick his wounds.

Mia Thrush is an up and coming New York PR agent. Her latest and biggest client Jonathan Lake is running for mayor but he has a teeny weeny problem. His 19 year old daughter Ch
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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She holds a masters in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her family keeps her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. Her passions include horse racing, Scrabble, rescue dogs, I ...more

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