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The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison
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really liked it
bookshelves: arcs, 2017, contemporary, ya

Rating: 3.5 Stars

I am always happy to read an Entangled romance, because I can expect a sweet romance filled with likable characters and an HEA, and once again, Entangled delivered.

•Pro: This was a second chance romance AND a small town romance. Those are two things I fancy.

•Pro: Speaking of small towns, I loved getting to know Culler and all its denizens. We were introduced to the founding families, and also got a very nice tour of the town. I was able to attend many town-wide events, which rounded out my Culler experience, and I have to admit, it seemed like a really nice place to live.

•Pro: At the center of this story sits a long-standing friendship, which had evolved and changed, but was still quite strong, and you know I am a sap for life-long friendships. Will and Georgia was so fabulous together. You could totally see why they were besties, but I was really happy when the third amigo returned to Culler and finally slipped back into his former bestie position.

•Pro: There was this wonderful theme of honesty in the story - being honest with the people you love and with yourself.

•Pro: I am a northern girl with a southern heart, and enjoyed the little bits of southern culture that peppered this story.

•Pro: One of the major storylines was a coming-out story, and I thought it was done quite nicely. I liked the way Ellison shared Will's fears and how keeping this part of himself secret affected him. It was a treat sharing his joy as he fell in love for the first time, and I was really happy for him when he chose his moment to aver his love to his secret boyfriend. It was so sweet.

•Pro: Georgia and Beau were pretty easy for me to ship. My heart broke with the way things ended the first time, and it saddened me that they each carried around this hurt for two years.

•Pro: I was quite fond of the family focus. We spent a lot of time with family, often with three generations at once, which totally won my heart.

•Pro: The ending was so adorable. Who doesn't love a grand gesture? And well, we actually got TWO grand gestures in this book. What more could a girl ask for.

Overall: A delightful story of family, friendship, and love, which left me eager to revisit Culler.

*ARC received in exchange for an honest review

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