Back in the Burbs
Author: Avery Flynn & Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Entangled: Amara (March 30, 2021)
Paperback, 400 pages
Ever have one of those days where life just plain sucks? Welcome to my last three months—ever since I caught my can’t-be-soon-enough ex-husband cheating with his paralegal. I’m thirty-five years old, and I’ve lost my NYC apartment, my job, my money, and frankly, my dignity.
But the final heartache in the suck sandwich of my life? My great-aunt Maggie died. The only family member who’s ever gotten me.
Even after death, though, she’s helping me get back up. She’s willed me the keys to a house in the burbs, of all places, and dared me to grab life by the family jewels. Well, I’ve got the vise grips already in hand (my ex should take note) and I’m ready to fight for my life again.
Too bad that bravado only lasts as long as it takes to drive into Huckleberry Hills. And see the house.
There are forty-seven separate HOA violations, and I feel them all in my bones. Honestly, I’m surprised no one’s “accidentally” torched the house yet. I want to, and I’ve only been standing in front of it for five minutes. But then my hot, grumpy neighbor tells me to mow the lawn first and I’m just…done. Done with men too sexy for their own good and done with anyone telling me what to do ever again.
First rule of surviving the burbs? There is nothing that YouTube and a glass of wine can’t conquer.
This is such a wonderful book. Mallory goes through so much and has as much work to do clearing out and rebuilding herself on the inside as there is work to do on her aunt’s house. Her relationships are just a mess, and it’s great to see how much growing and pruning and blossoming she’s able to do throughout this story. As always, a truly great romance isn’t just about the development of the romantic relationship between the main couple, but also about their growth as individuals and the other relationships in their lives. And BOY HOWDY, is there a lot of that here!
The tension between Mallory and Nick is SO DELICIOUS. There’s this sort of animosity and antagonism from their first meeting and it’s amaaaaaazing. I normally prefer a dual POV in my romances, but Avery Flynn and Tracy Wolff really milk the single POV from only Mallory’s viewpoint for all it’s worth, letting the reader be surprised and again and again by some of the things that pop out of Nick’s mouth. And also, HECK YEAH, the scenes where they, er, watch Lord of the Rings… are super hot. 😉
I ADORED this book, and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more by this dynamic duo!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.