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Prose Before Bros

(Green Valley Library #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,000 ratings  ·  323 reviews
Nothing about being a librarian prepared Thuy Nguyen for such a wide variety of casseroles. Or life in a small town. Or becoming a farmer.

But what can she do when her catastrophe-prone best friend begs her for help? After all, Maddy has always been there for Thuy. It’s time to return the favor.

It’s simple really, all she has to do is: learn everything about farming ASAP, s
ebook, 322 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Smartypants Romance
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3ish Stars

Thuy Nguyen’s loyalty to her BFF Maddy knows no bounds. Heck, she’ll even uproot her life and move across the country to Green Valley, Tennessee to help seven months pregnant Maddy keep her newly inherited farm up and running. Sounds like a pretty big undertaking for a librarian from Berkeley with no farming experience, but Thuy’s up to the challenge. Especially when she meets Maddy's estranged brother, Drill. If you’ve read the Winston Brothers books, you’ll know Drill is an Iron Wrai
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.

What happens when your best friend, the one who has been with your through it all, the one that's your person, needs you to move with her to the small town of Green Valley, manage a farm AND help raise her baby? Well, Thuy (pronounced Twee) is about to find out.

When I read the blurb I was expecting a rom-com scenario where two disaster-prone friends would learn how to navigate country life, but Prose before Bros is so much more than that.

It happens that Maddy's (the BFF) brother is non
With Prose Before Bros, Cathy Yardley continues to expand the Green Valley Library series Green Valley native and Iron Wraith, Drill who is put between a rock and a hard place after his father’s funeral.

Thuy Nguyen was a city girl through and through. She was used to things such as WiFi. Having to move to a farm to help out her bestest friend ever was not in her plans and neither was falling for her muscly, sexy older brother. But she owed it to Maddy to stick around. And besides, the local libr
Sheena ☆ Book Sheenanigans

Nope. This wasn't doing anything for me. First things first, the characters were blah but kudos for the author for introducing a diverse lead heroine. Otherwise there's not much to say about this read. It lacked depth, the storyline wasn't intriguing enough to draw me in and the characters were b-o-r-i-n-g. I dropped this like a hot potato because why waste time on a romance I'm just not invested in, ya feel me?
Katie Ashley
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this opposites attract romance. Thuy was an amazing heroine full of sassiness and strength. With her fierce devotion to her best friend, Maddy, she's the type of friend of every woman should have in her life. Her passion for reading is intense, and it leads her to clash heads with the old guard at the Green Valley Public Library. She hasn't had it very easy with a traumatic childhood as the daughter of a California MC leader. Her past makes it difficult to imagine a present wi ...more
Caitlin Reads
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! I wasn’t sure how I felt about this one going into it after reading about Drill aka Teddy in previous books. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself really rooting for him. I really enjoyed Thuy as a main character and loved the friendship between her and Maddy, her best friend from college and Drill’s sister. Drill comes home for the first time in 16 years after joining the Wraith’s. He really grew throughout the book with the help of Thuy to become the kind of man she wou ...more
Smartypants Romance
Aug 04, 2019 marked it as to-read

We are SO excited to announce the wonderful Cathy Yardley's book for Smartypants Romance. 'Prose Before Bros' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #3 in the Green Valley Library series.

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** Blur
I was lucky to get an autographed paperback book at The Ripped Bodice in September. + Best of all, I got to meet her and April White + see Penny Reid !!
I have my cherished paperback saved, so I read this through Kindle Unlimited.
I absolutely loved this book! Thuy is one of my favorite heroines and in the top 2 of the Smartypanks books. I've loved them all so that is saying a lot.
I took my time reading this since the holidays have been very busy & I had a lousy work schedule during Christmas. T
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received in exchange for a review


This is the 2nd ARC of the 2 that I requested from the Smartypants Romance universe that Penny Reid created. This caught my eyes because I saw the female MC is Asian based on her name. She’s of Vietnamese descent, I’m not, but I guess you can say racially adjacent so close enough. Not too many Asian MCs I’ve come across so far, so I was definitely intrigued. Then as it turns out, the male MC is Drill, which I didn't pay much attention to when I first rea
Lana  (Bibliomedico)
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" They are my favorite thing ever . They gave me a place to go when my life was shitty , and they have continuously given me a reason to get out of bed in the morning . I read every single day . They're my lifeline "

I ha
Izzie d
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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I am not feeling this book.
Skipped some chapters!
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Prose Before Bros by Cathy Yardley

4.5 stars

‘“It’s like seven hundred pages long,” she warned him.

His eyes widened, then he shrugged. “Okay, it may take a little while. But hell, I’m game.”


He was silent for a long moment, staring into her eyes. She squirmed as the heat from his gaze seemed to seep into her very bones.

“Do you really not know? He asked, so matter-of-factly that she felt like an idiot.’

This was a difficult book to navigate, not because it wasn’t
Paula  Phillips
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

Readers of The Phantom Paragrapher will know that I am in love with the SmartyPants romance publications, especially when it involves Green Valley and glimpses of either the Winston Brothers or Iron Wraiths as Penny Reid's Winston Brothers was one of my favorite series. Being a librarian myself, I also am a fan of the Green Valley Library series. This book starts with two best friends heading to Green Valley, Maddy Blount whose 7 months pregnant and her best friend/sidekick Thuy Nyguen. Maddy gr
Jessica Alcazar
Another excellent read by a new-to-me author! It’s a great time to be a romance reader!

Another excellent growth and redemption story! Thuy was THE perfect match for Drill. Her background/history made her the strong loyal woman she is today and exactly the woman to handle Drill’s life Match made in heaven!

The only thing I would say that made me eye twitch a bit was Drill and his MC affiliation/behavior. I understand the MC world fully. I get the code they live by and how they handle circumsta
Jan 31, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cathy Yardley Fans, Romance
When Librarian Thuy Nguyen...
Proclaimed Maddy As Her Best Friend...
She Meant It With All Her Heart...

After All, Maddy Had Always Been There For Thuy...
Whenever She Needed Her In The Past...

So When Maddy Sent Out Her SOS To Thuy...
She Took On Maddy's Situation Full Stop...

Learn Everything About Farming ASAP-Check...
Save The Family Business From Disaster-Check...
Oh, And Most Important Of All...

Definitely Not Fall In Love With...
Maddy’s Biker Brother...
With His Muscles, His smile, And Soulful, S
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Social Butterfly and the author for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Prose Before Bros
Green Valley Public Library #3
By: Cathy Yardley

*REVIEW* 📚📚📚📚
A sassy librarian and a snarky biker don't exactly seem perfectly matched;however, this pairing oddly work in Prose Before Bros. Maddy, pregnant, sister to Drill, returns to Green Valley to her family farm. She is accompanied by her best friend, Thuy(Twee), a librarian with a take no cra
Lady Heather


Good story!
Interesting characters, and great writing!

'Prose Before Bros' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone and is book#3 in the Green Valley Library series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

"I voluntarily read as ARC of this book which was provided by SocialbutterflyPR."
Susan (susayq ~)
OH MY! I loved this! Just the right balance between fun and angst! Drill stole my heart :)
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Prose Before Bros
by Cathy Yardley is the third standalone in the Green Valley Library series by smartypants romance. A book obsessed librarian and a morally gray biker, yes please 🙋 I devoured this book.

Thuy (when pronounced sounds like twee) is fiercely loyal to her best friend Maddy and would do anything for her even if that means giving up her life and moving to a farm in the country. She didn't have the best childhood but has put that in
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC of this book was very generously provided by the author.

I will be the first person to tell you I am not a huge fan of the motorcycle club genre. Not because I think there is anything wrong with it. It just wasn't something that ever appealed to me as a reader. And honestly when I requested the ARC I did not know what this book was about, but I have enjoyed Cathy Yardley's books in the past and I was intrigued by the title. I also have not read the other books in the series but I definitely i
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had NO idea I wanted Drill's story until I started reading this book. As one of the higher ups in the Iron Wraiths, Drill has been a background character in plenty of the goings on around Green Valley and, as it turns out, he's not as bad as the company he keeps would indicate.

In fact, when the guy manages to separate himself from them, he's not half bad at all. Maddy's situation and Thuy's presence while helping her out might have something to do with that. Or just, you know, a general sense
Cassandra Martin
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The was an excellent addition to the Smartypants Romance world. Cathy Yardley brought her characters to life in Green Valley, and it feels like you are in a Penny Reid book. The writing in the book is excellent, and it flows remarkably. I could not put this book down, and stayed up way past my bedtime to read. Once I started, this book drew you in and played out like a movie in my head.

Thuy is a librarian (and has the degree to prove it), and Drill (Teddy) is the current enforcer for the Iron W
M.  Reads Books and Fics
This is my favorite one of the series. I love the passion Thuy has for books and the library. It reiterates the importance of libraries in our community and how we should be supporting them since they do so much for us. Drill wasn’t my fav love interest, but Thuy more than made up for it. I’ll definitely be reading more from Cathy Yardley!
M.E. Carter
Thuy is AMAZING!!!!
Apr 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: librarians
In brief: I never fully believed in the story or the romance.

The long version: This book did not work for me at all. I struggled to buy into what this author was selling. I made it to about 40% before skim reading remaining chapters.

Not all fictional characters can or should be redeemed, but I feel like many of these Smartypants books are trying to do just that. I don't want that. Based on my knowledge of Iron Wraith characters from previous Penny Reid books, as well as what we learn about
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

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Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via SmartyPants Romance and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

Cathy Yardly has done a brilliant job of putting across a hero, from a traditionally villainous background; and redeem him in ways that you can only thank his leading lady for! :D

Drill, a native of the Green Valley and a member of the Iron Wraith, has started having
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had v mixed feelings about starting this book. On the one hand it was a Green Valley book by Cathy Yardley. A book based on one of my favourite series written by the author who introduced me to the world of contemporary romance. Before Level Up I was all about the historical romances. Not anymore!

On the other hand, it's about Drill, a member of the Wraiths. I just do not understand readers who find members of a criminal motorcycle gang attractive. I can't get past the drug dealing, violence an
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Loved it! I wasn't sure what to expect with a book about Drill from the Wraiths. But I sure loved how this storyline developed. Thuy was awesome. Drill was Mr Redemption. Even the library parts were great. Who knew I'd love Drill and Thuy together so much?! Well done, Ms Yardley! ...more
Kim Howard
Of all the Smartypants stories, Prose Before Bros intrigued me from the get-go. This is the story of Drill and Thuy's romance. Drill, an Iron Wrath enforcer, is your bad boy that is getting tired of the gang-life. Thuy, a Vietnamese librarian with a troubled past, is not looking to settle down in Green Valley. Death and New Life show these two memorable characters it's many faces and gives them both the break they need.

I absolutely loved the character of Thuy! She is a strong, loyal, brave, fier
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Cathy Yardley is an award-winning author of romance, chick lit, and urban fantasy, who has sold over 1.2 million copies of books for publishers like St. Martin's, Avon, and Harlequin. She writes fun, geeky, and diverse characters who believe that underdogs can make good and that sometimes being a little wrong is just right. ...more

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