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Carpentry and Cocktails

(Green Valley Library #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Everett Monroe can’t keep his eyes off his gorgeous tenant.

He’d like to put his hands on her too, but she’s prickly, closed-off, and gives new meaning to the word disgruntled. In other words, she’s his perfect match and he’ll do anything to make her see it too.

Willa Hill has finally left her teen runaway past behind and wants a fresh start—alone. Men are nothing but troub
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Smartypants Romance
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Ok, this is the weirdest thing because I wrote a review for this and it disappeared? Very mysterious... but anyways. I'll quickly summarize my thoughts.

This is the story of Willa and Everett, we saw a little bit of them in Crime and Periodicals and now we get to see them falling in love.

Willa is currently living as a tenant in Everett's lot, and although there's a ton of chemistry between them, she is so afraid of her past catching up with her that she doesn't want to open up to love and new opp
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“Okay, boys, this is where I take my leave. I have no interest in unloading, building, assembling, or anything other than a nice hot cup of tea and the Downton Abbey marathon tonight on the television. Kiss your mother goodbye.” I exchanged a look with Garrett. We knew she would really watch The Real Housewives of somewhere and fix herself a huge martini, but we were both too smart to mention it.

I braced because every southern girl knows when a middle name gets dropped, shit’s ab
Penny Reid
Apr 28, 2020 marked it as to-read

GAHHH! Carpentry and Cocktails by Nora Everly is ALIVE! Prepare thyselves to return to Green Valley. Carpentry and Cocktails will enter Kindle Unlimited on May 4th! If you don't read on Amazon, make sure you grab it before next Monday <3

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** BLURB **
Everett Monroe can’t keep his eyes off his gorgeous tenant.
He’d like to put his hands on her too, but she’s prickly, closed-off, and gives new meaning to the word disgruntled. In other words, she’s his perfect match and he’ll do anything to make
Anna lost in stories *A*
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I was going back and forth on how exactly I want to rate this one… and after some consideration, I decided on 4 stars… the story between Willa and Everett is more like a 3,5 stars one, but all the amazing secondary characters we had in this book made me bump my rating to full 4 stars :) Everett was just the cutest and most adorable guy ever… *sighs* so supportive and just… nice :) Willa on the other hand, was a total mess… and I really understand why she was the way she was, with her past, first ...more
Caitlin Reads
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a really sweet romance! We got a glimpse of the chemistry between Everett and Willa in Crime and Periodicals so I was really looking forward to reading their story. Willa is in the process of getting divorced and leaving behind her abusive ex husband while mending her internal and external scars. Everett is the super sexy and geeky brother of Wyatt who is letting her stay at his house while harboring romantic feelings for her. Everything about this novel felt real and I loved readi ...more
M.E. Carter
I am suddenly regretting my decision to not wait in line for the opening night of any Star Wars movie.
Jessica Alcazar
Last year I fell in love with Nora Everly when I read Crime and Periodicals and I am still just as smitten after reading Carpentry and Cocktails!!

Nora makes me happy! First because she writes a relatable story with realistic elements and characters you want to root for and she also layers her secondary characters throughout the story with purpose. But mostly, because she doesn’t just give you a romance journey, she also has her leads grow and mature thru the process. She did an excellent job rep
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes the best part of building something new is tearing down what stood in its place.”

From start to finish, this book had me HOOKED! This book is perfect from start to finish. Nora Everly has a way of tapping into the human spirit to create heroes and heroines that are relatable, complex, and sexy as hell...Everett and Willa are perfect examples of this. My heart feels happy and full after staying up way past my bedtime to finish this book which I could not put down. Even now that I’ve fin
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‘“Everett, why do I always feel like when you’re looking at me, you really see me?” she murmured.

“I do see you. Sometimes you’re all I see,” I confessed, hoping it wasn’t too much, too soon.’

I think I’ve probably said this in my last three book reviews for this author, but writer Nora Everly is one exceptionally talented, humble and beautiful writer. Her words, from the storyline to the dialogue are lyrical, flowing so seamlessly, creatin
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Contemporary Romance | Standalone in the series

We have another winner for the series and I couldn't be more excited about it! This book is an easy read, one you have no problem reading in one sitting. You're going to instantly love the characters, scenery, and the adorable blossoming relationship between Everett and Willa. There's some emotion there too, and I found myself feeling deeply invested in Willa and her story. All around, it's th
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes the best part of building something new is tearing down what stood in its place.”

Nora Everly just keeps getting better! Carpentry and Cocktails is witty, heartfelt, romantic, hot, and geeky - really, all the best things.

This book is Willa Hill and Everett Monroe’s love story. Willa is leaving her runaway past behind her and seeking a fresh start in her hometown. She’s had enough trouble with men to last a lifetime and is absolutely not interested in her hot, nerdy landlord who has a
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't even begin to explain how much I loved this book!! Usually when I review a book I would stop half way or when an interesting part came up so I could document it, I was so engrossed in this book. I DID NOT STOP!!! Genuinely! I finished this book in one sitting and I now want to reread already! I mean wow!

OK so let's get into the review:
Willa has a past that she is trying to get over, that past brings her back to her home town of green valley. With the helps of her friends and family, Will
Michele McMullen
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Oh how I loved Willa and Everett. Everett is a caring, giving, sensitive man that has admired his tenant Willa from afar.
Willa is breaking away from her old life and her abusive long term boyfriend . She is determined to make it on her own doing whatever it takes to succeed. When the ex finds her she is ready to run again but Everett believes in her and wants to show her what it is like to have the support and love of others that believe in you.
Together it may be possible to tear down the old
Malory Dean
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Steaminess Rating - 💋💋💋 (3 out of 5)

A nerdy “good kind of alpha” wrapped up in a sexy lumberjack package? Heck yes! I’m all in for this one. Everett reminds me of my husband. A nerd in the best way! This is the 5th book in the Green Valley Library series, but it should really be labeled as the Monroe Brothers book 2. I loved it just as much as Crime and Periodicals (aka Monroe Brothers book 1.) I highly suggest starting with C&P before starting this book just so you can really appreciate the fam
Check out an excerpt from Willa and Everett's story HERE

***5 ‘Firefly’ Stars***

I swooned and my heart got all kinds of twitterpated, i also wanted to gut a few people with a spoon, but overall this book had me grinning like a loon, laughing out loud and wanting to hug my kindle because of all the Green Valley goodness going on and wishing I could step into my Kindle and live there.

I adored Willa and Everett.

Willa is all kinds of sweet, sassy and independent with a soft and kind heart that h
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*rubs hands together* Okay, so Willa, BFF of Sabrina from C&P, and Everett, brother of Wyatt from C&P, are giving each other eyes over donuts every morning. Complication: Willa is Everett's tenant and she's sort of gun shy after her marriage ended badly. Everett is entirely aware he needs to go slow with Willa and does his level best to keep her from turning tail and heading for the hills.

Except she won't head for the *hills* because the hills come with their own issues for her. Namely, her moth
Carpentry and Cocktails is the fifth book in the contemporary romance, Green Valley Library series by author Nora Everly. It is also the 23rd book in the Green Valley Universe from Smarty Pants romance. If you are new to Smartypants romance, it is a publishing line with books by several different authors, writing stories set in one of Penny Reid's universes. Many of the  stories feature characters in and around the town of Green Valley. (The Winston Brothers series) I am such a big fan of this s ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-wishlist
Carpentry and Cocktails is a wonderful hot-geek story where the good guy wins with heart-melting honesty and protectiveness.


Everett is one of the Monroe siblings introduced in Crime and Periodicals so much hot and so much geek all in one body. Everett is utterly adorable with a heart of gold, he has also completely infatuated by his new tenant, Willa.

Willa is a Green Valley native, however, she eloped at 17 to escape her emotionally abusive mother. Only to find herself in another ab
Andrea Guy
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so thankful for discovering The Page Nerds group on Facebook. If it weren't for them, I never would have found authors like Andrea Johnston and now Nora Everly. I read my first book of Nora's at the beginning of the year and I loved it.

I have wanted to read the books in the Green Valley Public Library series for awhile and I was thrilled to get a chance at reading Carpentry and Cocktails. I've been back at reading romance again and Nora's books are part of the reason I'm getting back into
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
Where has this author been all my life??? I absolutely loved this book. With beautiful lyrical writing it had all the h’s... heart, heat and humor in a story that grabbed me from the start and entertained me till the end.

“...he did all kinds of things to me. Dirty things, sweet things, easy things, and things that got my mind filled with so many complicated thoughts that I was constantly spinning from one to another. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t think.”

My full review:
Lady Heather
"I'm voluntarily reading an ARC of this book which has been provided by the publisher SmartyPants Romance."
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everett and Willa are the most lovely couple I've ever read!! Author Nora Everly's writing is amazing with all the feels you ever want in a book!!
Will Everett and Willa get their happily after or will Willa's ex Tommy ruin it all?
Sarah Keffer
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Nora Everly's books so I could not wait to get my hands on Carpentry and Cocktails! She is on my "no questions asked" author list; if she writes it, I read it. Everett is the perfect man. Hardworking, handsome, kind and funny with a healthy side of geeky. I loved him immediately. Willa has been through a lot of tough times but she is strong and smart I loved her character also. Their love story is the perfect combination of sweet, sexy and hilarious. It is low angst but there are several ...more
Emily Neilsen
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have wanted this story since reading about them in Nora Everly’s first Smarty Pants Romance book Crime and Periodicals. These characters are sharp and witty and geeky and wonderful in the very best ways. I am just so excited to read more and more of these books.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Carpentry and Cocktails
by Nora Everly is the newest edition in smartpants romance's Green Valley Library series. This full length contemporary can be enjoyed as a standalone and fits right into the Green Valley universe perfectly.

"Willa Faye Hill was like the Death Star, and I was all caught up in her tractor beam."

Willa ran away from Green Valley when she was young with a man who turned out to be all wrong for her. She's divorced him and has settl
Andrea (Hammock and Read)
This book gave me sooo many feels. One minute I was laughing at the witty banter and nerdy jokes and the next I was crying over the calm and safe harbor Everett created for Willa. It's again a beautiful written love story to add to the Library series and Green Valley collection. This is the type of romance you hope and wish you got every time you open up a new book! Everett and Willa are now one of my favorite couples ever!

Willa is the strong female lead that is just trying to keep it all togeth
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is only the second book I've read from Nora but I see myself going on a binge of this talented author's backlist! 

I really enjoyed this book and Everett and Willa their chemistry was off the charts. Everett is the sensitive, caring man who has admired Willa from afar. While Willa definitely has all the feels with Everett, yet she has a past that has her on edge. 

What I love about Nora's writing is that it is never anything too far fetched and her characters are realistic with their problems
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sexy heat and sweet gestures make Everett Monroe the perfect man for Willa Hill. She’s finally back in town after leaving years ago with her now ex-husband. Attraction between Willa and Everett burns red hot, but she has been burned by love before. Nora Everly crafts yet another sweet and sexy story about how strength has layers and patience for the right kind of love makes it all that much sweeter in the end.
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Nora Everly is a lifelong bookworm. She started reading the good stuff once she was tall enough to sneak the romance novels off the top of her mother’s bookshelf and it has been non-stop ever since.
Once upon a time she was a substitute teacher and an educational assistant. Now, she’s a writer and stay at home mom to two small humans

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