Undone (Country Roads #1)Things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida:
by Shannon Richard
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (February 25, 2015)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing / Forever
Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot
Why a shop would ever sell something called "buck urine"
Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King
After losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in the tightly knit town isn't easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who's interested in much more than Paige's car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn't sure she'd ever feel again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive, or will their love come undone?
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My Thoughts: The cover of this novel originally caught my eye, then after reading the synopsis, I knew I wanted to check this book out. Undone is the first thing I have read by Shannon Richard, but it definitely won't be the last.
I fell in love with Paige Morrison's character in the first few pages of the book. She was not only likable, but so funny also, which was one of the things that made the book so entertaining. After having everything going for her, things turned around and in the matter of a few months time, her world fell apart. She lost her job, lost her roommate and apartment, and moved in with her boyfriend who she thought was "the one," only to have him break up with her a few months later. Paige now finds herself broke, brokenhearted, and homeless, now living with her parents again in a little town in Florida. Unfortunately, Mirabelle is one of those towns where the residents don't take to strangers to easily, especially outspoken ones whose style of dressing is something that you would see more in a big city rather than a small town - hence another strike against Paige. After another botched interview, she finds herself on the side of the road after her car breaks down, in high heels, with no cell reception, and has to walk for far too long in said high heels before she finds a phone. Once she does find the phone, she also has quite an experience where she finds it.
Enter at this point the hottie wrecker driver Brendan King, who also owns the shop where Paige's car will be repaired. Not only his he a hottie, he is cocky, has his own bad boy humor going on, he's a little bit arrogant, and a whole lot of sexy. He immediately rubs Paige the wrong way, and the banter between the two is quite entertaining, while the chemistry is through the roof hot. Brendan surprises himself by the way he feels about Paige, because he doesn't do relationships. Try as they may to fight it, a romance ensues between the two and the events that follow provide a most entertaining and enjoyable story.
I loved the secondary characters in the story also, who all play an important role and enhance the story in an impressionable way. Though the book starts off lighthearted and humorous, as it progresses, there are some really difficult things that Paige and Brendan go through, things challenge their relationship, their commitment, and their love.
Though this wasn't one of those books I couldn't put down, it was one of those books that I looked forward to picking up and reading when time allowed throughout the day. I enjoyed the writing, the plot, and the romance had just the right mix of steam with a good story behind it. Overall, I found Undone to be a very likable and enjoyable contemporary romance and would recommend it to those who are fans of this genre. I'll definitely be reading the companion novels in this series.
Bio: Shannon Richard grew up in the Florida Panhandle as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English Literature and still lives in Tallahassee where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She's still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she's a pretty big fan of the whimsy.