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Not So Charming (Carlisle Cellars, 1)

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I vowed never to return to my hometown and the people who live there. Now, unemployed and needing a place to live, I move back with my mom, promising myself that it’s only temporary.

When small-town charmer, Miles, thinks his charisma will work on me, he’s got another thing coming. I want nothing to do with him and what he represents in this town. He’s everything I ran fro
Published September 2021
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Sep 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
After high school, June was desperate to leave her small hometown & never look back. But after losing her job in LA, June returns to Texas and in with her mother, whether she wants to or not. June is now desperate for a part-time job and it appears the only position that would utilize her skills is at the Carlisle estate. The only problem? She’ll have to work with Miles Carlisle. Miles was part of the “in” crowd in school and that same group of kids always bullied June and Miles never once stood ...more
Steph (A Brunette and Her Books)
What a fabulous read by this author! June and Miles were so riveting to me, I couldn't put my kindle down, because I was so invested in their relationship, and had to see how it would play out! This was a small-town romance novel at its finest.

It had all the qualities in a romance novel that I look for, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
Kari Hansen
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
June finished high school she couldn’t leave her town fast enough as she wanted to put as much distance between her and the people who made it so difficult. Years later when her life isn’t going the way she planned she returns home which has her facing her past when she not only reunites with Miles, one of the people she holds responsible, but ends up working for his family business as well.

Miles was raised in a privileged lifestyle which also came with expectations. When June comes back into hi
Sep 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
June grew up a small town where everyone knew everything about you. She was teased her entire life over her lack of father. She tried to keep to herself but nothing could keep the attention of her. June left as soon as she could but she's back now and in need of a job. She ends up working for Miles Carlisle. The family that has it all. The thing is her mom works for them too and her first crush was Miles but he broke her heart.

Miles Carlisle comes from the family that has it all. His dad is a f
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4.5 Stars / 3.5 Steam Fans

I love the way Fabiola Francisco draws you into her small towns and makes you love the characters she creates. June grew up in this small town and returned after a hard time. She bumps into a childhood crush that has a mutual attraction to her as an adult. Miles was the popular kid that grew up to become a hottie that needed an assistant for the family's business. Not So Charming has enemies to lovers feel with a twist. I am very intrigued by the slight suspense that wa
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars

Our queen of small-town stories has done it again, and I could not put down this book. I loved June’s growth and maturity to return to a town that was not a comfortable fit for her.

Miles Carlisle is a self-proclaimed “Book Boyfriend,” and he delivers. His tenacity to befriend June and show her his feelings.

If you love small towns, Willow Creek is your next destination read. I cannot wait to read more about the Carlisle Family and the others in the town.

Thank you to the author for the
Fabiola Francisco
Aug 10, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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A hate-to-lovers, opposites attract small town romance
Not So Charming is releasing Sept 1st, and I'm so excited for you to read this swoony romance!
Pre-order here:

Coming to Kindle Unlimited
The Book Lover
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite Fabiola Francisco book, I couldn't put it down, it was sweet, sexy, and charming all in one, I can't wait to read more about this family! ...more
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fabiola Francisco writes small town romances that will touch your heart. Not So Charming is Book 1 of her latest series - Carlisles Cellars and is a charming childhood friends/workplace romance. FYI - I absolutely loved it!

June and Miles are gonna win over your book loving heart from page one. Growing up in a small town is never easy and for someone like June Sullivan, it was particularly hard. Returning to her hometown after losing her big city job, she’s forced to confront her feelings of ina
Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading
June Sullivan left her small town hoping to never look back for more than a quick visit with her mom. While she loves her mom, she hates how others treated her while in school. She was teased and bullied constantly because her father had walked out on them before she was born and because her mother worked as a housekeeper for the wealthy family in town, the Carlisles. But, when she loses her job and can’t find another in LA, moving home for a bit is June’s only option.

Miles Carlisle couldn’t be
Aug 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
June is back in her hometown not really wanting to be in the place that holds her most hated memories, but she is out of options. She is out of a job and looking for something that she doesn’t expect is the guy that never stood up for her when she was being tortured in school to be actively trying to date her. Miles was the one that stood by while his friends tormented her, and she never forgave him for that, and she thinks he is constantly up to something to trick her. June harbors so much anim ...more
Aug 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is your typical small town story. He’s the school football star and she’s the social outcast. Only this story has a twist we didn’t see coming. Nothing is ever as it seems. June moves back home, to the one place she vowed never to go back to, and all her childhood memories comes flooding back. Along with those memories comes resentment to those in the town. Miles is someone who didn’t make high school pleasant for her, so imagine her surprise when she seeks her out after hearing she back in ...more
Aug 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not So Charming by Fabiola Francisco is the first book of a new wooooonderful series!
Are you ready to fall in love with Willow Creek, the Carlisle family and all the other gorgeous characters?
Well I was totally ready for a new series of Fabiola Francisco! Ha! And of course she didn't disappoint!
June hasn't the best memories of her childhood in Willow Creek and so it's not so easy to be
Aug 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not so charming is such a sweet story of finding love with someone who you least expect to. This is a one sided hate to lovers, small town romance story that will leave you swooning. June and Miles are from two different worlds and June struggles with understanding why Miles would pursue her when he could have anyone else that comes from money.

June grew up being teased and talked about behind her back by the kids in her school. She never felt like she fit in, so when it came to college she took
Sep 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Be kind or karma kicks ya in the ass.” (Page 22)

This was such a fun read! I loved Miles and June’s happily ever after SO much! As a coffee, wine, and book lover, this hit the spot in so many ways and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

June returns to her hometown after a string of bad luck that includes losing her job. She’s less than thrilled about moving back in with her mother, especially since the memories of the town and people she left behind are rather painful.

Miles is stuck in
Lita Thomas
Aug 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not So Charming (Carlisle Cellars #1) by Fabiola Francisco is a cute story of June. She returns to her hometown after losing her job in LA. Her life in this hometown was not a happy existence.  She couldn't wait to leave and now she is back. Bullied growing up she thought Miles would have stuck up for her. Now back she finds herself working at Miles' family winery. Still harboring feelings from her years being bullied she has a hard time when Miles shows an interest in her. Miles really likes Ju ...more
Ronda Brimeyer
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A second chance story with a few twist and turns. This story is set in a charming little town where everyone knows everyone's business. You have the popular people then everyone else. Miles and his family are the popular and rich ones. June's family not so much. Two different worlds yet coming together to find their future. June is coming back from the big city facing her past. She was bullied in high school being the nerdy girl. Now she is back and Miles sees her again and all he wants is his J ...more
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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June left Willow Creek as soon as she was able to after a miserable experience especially during her teenage years being bullied, now she is home with her tail between her legs trying to make the most out of being back and spending time with her Mum. While June isn't happy being back Miles is happy to see her especially as he liked her before she left town but never did anything about it, unfortunately for him it is going to be an uphill battle to show June he genuinely likes her. You totally ge ...more
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Aug 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
June is moving back home after losing her job and not being able to find another one. She is extremely unhappy about having to move back home and isn’t shy about telling anyone about it. To be completely honest I found June to be extremely immature and annoying, especially in the beginning of the book. She grew on me but just a little I would not say I grew to love her…that would be a lie. Miles come from the more effluent family in town and June’s mom actually works for them. Miles and his fami ...more
Aug 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a great introduction to a new small-town series from Fabiola.

The Carlisle Cellar series starts with June and Miles.

June always felt like an outsider in Willow Creek. Raised by a single mother who worked for the town’s most famous ex-football player, she always felt “less than”. Being taunted and tormented by the other kids growing up did not help matters.

When June has to move back due to unforeseen circumstances she dreads running into all her old classmates, especially Miles.

This story
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not So Charming is Book # in a new series - Carlisle Cellars - by Fabiola Francisco, who always delivers with small town romance.

June is back home after losing her job in LA where she has lived for a number of years. She was a bit of a nerd growing up, her mom was a single mom (housekeeper to the well to do Carlisle family) and her dad is nowhere in the picture. She was bullied and outcast in her youth, and returning home as an adult was never in her plans.

Miles is one of the well to do Carlises
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4.25 Stars!!

Having read Ms.Francisco's work many times before I always get so happy when I get to pick up a new book of hers! As soon as she announced the Carlisle Cellars books I could not contain my excitement for them! I picked up this first book as soon as I could and I really enjoyed it!

Miles and June's journey pulled me in! I liked the fact that I wasn't sure what all was going to happen with these two and how that got me into their story even more. I loved being able to dig deeper with th
J Williams
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm so excited for this new series!

June returns to her hometown under duress. Her terrible teenage years st the hands of highs hool bullies left a bad taste in her mouth. But when things don't go her way in Los Angles she has little choice but to move home with her mom. She soon encounters Miles, her high-school crush who never stopped the bullies from wrecking havoc on her life. Miles is smitten as soon as he sees grown up June. He turns on his legendary charm in order to win June over but she
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After high school graduation, June left her hometown in a hurry. Years later, when she loses her job, she must return. High school was miserable for her because she was bullied so much. When she runs into one of her bullys, she heads the other way. Miles has different ideas (and memories of high school.) The only job June can find is working for Miles at his family's winery. There, she starts to see that he is not necessarily the bad guy she painted him to be.
I am a huge fan of Fabiola Fr
Sep 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book was so adorable to read. I couldn't put it down. I loved June and her character I just felt her to the T. June returns to her hometown, not something she ever thought she would do again. She did not have the best childhood there and just dreads it. When she runs into the man she thought was her friend he has her walls up high. Miles never thought he would see June again, but now that she is back he is going to win her over even if it's just as friends. These two start to get to kno ...more
Sep 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful beginning to a new series!

Not So Charming is the beginning of a beautiful written small-town series. Moving back to her hometown after vowing to never return has June falling back into her old habits. She was made fun of all through high school and the friends she thought she had been there to protect or defend her.

Miles didn’t look at June the way he’s looking at her now as a grown woman. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t know what was going on all those years ago. It even cost him his
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Sep 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
June falls on hard times and as much as she would rather do anything else she moves back to her home town. All the hurt from her past comes flooding back when she finds herself working at Miles' family winery. She hates Miles for not standing up for her when she was bullied and she can't forgive him.
Miles has lived the wealthy life but as his story progresses you see that he is a sincere guy who wants to make things right with June. He has feelings for June and even though she rebuffs him he kee
Jill Badker
Aug 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love this small town story. June never wanted to see her home town again, but when things go bad she returns to live with her mother. But running into Miles was the last thing she thought would happen. Then having him pursue her and want to show her he's not as bad as she thinks he is. Then needing to find a job in a small town is pretty hard, but when the biggest business in town has an opening June has to decide if she can do it since it's with Carlisle Cellars and Miles is a Carlisle. Fabiola ...more
Janet Taggart Baldwin

June comes home with her tail between her legs, hating to return to the place where she grew up bullied and shamed. Her nemesis Miles and his family own the winery which is the only place she can find a job. Her mom is the housekeeper for his family and June has always felt inferior to them.

As Miles and June work together, they each find out they are not as different as they thought and each are not as the other perceived. Second chances are a gift to be treasure
Sarah Dale
If you are looking for a sweet, easy to read, fall in love romance then this is the one for you.

Once I started this I was engaged until the very end as the storyline was simple and flowed and the characters were ones that you became invested in (especially two cute little heart stealing girls).

June didn't have a great experience when she was in high school so she couldn't leave town fast enough when the graduated and had sworn to never come back. When she is made redundant from her job in LA sh
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