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    Great read

    Once again Jody Holford gives us an incredible story that is not only a sweet romance but a story that touches on family dynamics and the impact they have on each of us. Declan and Sophia are such an interesting couple and you can't help but cheer for them every step of the way. Declan is the proverbial bachelor type never having a long term relationship but now he's feeling like something is missing from his life. Sophia left town years ago, leaving the stronghold of her family and working hard to make it on her own terms. Circumstances has her returning to her hometown but she refuses to give in to the demands of her father. Could these two be exactly what the other needs? This is a great read and one I think everyone will enjoy. I definitely recommend it.
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    Some problems with the premise, but still fun

    If you can get past the insta-love that Declan has for his best friend’s little sister, Sophia, then you’ll really enjoy this romance. Declan is just the nicest guy and it’s easy to believe that a lot of the women in his small town have fallen for him at one time or another. Sophia fell for him when she was a teenager, but she hasn’t seen him since she was a kid. She left town when she was 18 because she didn’t want to work in her parents’ Italian restaurant. Apparently, this was such an affront to her parents that they haven’t forgiven her for the sin of going off and paying for her own college and getting a good job. Unfortunately, she fell for a real jerk and now has come back home to be near her family. She goes to work in Declan’s bar. He knows he shouldn’t fall for her since she’s his employee and his friend’s sister, but he can’t help himself. He puts himself out there and is willing to help Sophia with all the junk she is having to deal with. I didn’t buy that her entire family would be so cold to her as if she had committed some major sin rather than just choose to work in a different career than their restaurant. Even her siblings take a long time to get together with her. She needs help from her family and they just are too slow to help her out. But Declan is there for her every step of the way. He makes the whole book worthwhile. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
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    #TeamDeclan all the way!!!

    Book Review <b>Declan James has been Brockton Point’s most ineligible bachelor—happy with his short-term relationships and focusing on his business. But now that his closest friends have found their happily-ever-afters, he can’t help but wonder what that might be like. And then Sophia Strombi shows up on his doorstep. Sophia’s life is—well there’s no other word for it—a mess. She’s grateful to have some work at her brother’s best friend’s bar, and a place to stay. Since she’s working hard to get her life back on track, she’s desperately trying to ignore the fact her boss makes her heart pound in a good way. Wait—no. That’s not good at all. Besides, she has a huge secret she’s keeping from everyone—one that’s a life-changer.</b> I adore Declan and how he falls headfirst into love with Sophia. How he’s willing to put his heart on the line.... with everything that could go wrong. If I had to be a team I’d be Team Declan. It took a little longer to warm up to Sophia, there were definitely reasons why she didn’t think she deserved or wanted to be in a relationship with Declan. She was stubborn, independent and willing to do things solo. She also seemed to take for granted what Declan was offering. Another thing I loved about this story was the friendships and the depth of characters. <b>**Thanks to the author and netgalley for the advanced copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** </b>
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    Pleasant romance but didn't engage me

    Sophia Strombi returns to her hometown after her business and personal lives implode spectacularly. She hasn't been home for 10 years after the weight of her family's expectations about her role in the family restaurant led her to run far, far away. Now she's back and begging her older brother Marcus's BFF Declan James for a job in his bar. Declan James was that boy in high school and hasn't changed as a grown man. A bad boy with a cute smile and a smoking hot body he has reputation as a ladies man, but lately as his friends have found 'the one' he feels increasingly like he is missing out. He doesn't want to give little Sophie Strombi a job, especially since he's been very careful to avoid thinking of Marcus's little sister as a woman for quite some time, but he can see she is desperate and the Strombi's are as judgemental as ever. This was okay, but it didn't rock my world. How Declan ever got a reputation as a ladies man I don't know seeing as he acted like a shy, insecure nerd for most of the book. Similarly, the Strombi men seemed to have this dictatorial attitude "Do this, do that, don't do the other" and berate Sophia for her choices (because it was necessary for the plot) and then cave and become pussy cats at the end. I thought there were too many things which were only in the book as plot devices to force issues - eg Sophia can't go home to stay because she and her family are at loggerheads. I've been having a bad time of it recently so maybe it's me and not the book, but I just didn't feel invested in either Sophia or Declan, looking back I didn't even finish the first book in the series so maybe this series isn't for me - I have loved other books by Jody Holford. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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    Last Man Standing

    Last man standing! Declan James, owner of On Deck, his friends have all found love and Dec is feeling a little left out and lonely. Feels like maybe he's missing something. That something walks through the door in the form of Sophie Strombi who needs a job. Sophia left town 10 years ago, determined not to fall into and under the family business and her over bearing father's thumb. Her brother and Declan are best friends. Sophie put herself through college, got a good job and was in a relationship that crashed and burned, along with her job. Feeling like she needed to head home, that's what she does and seeks out Dec for a job. She also needs a place to live, so Dec offers her that as well. Not ready to face her family yet she's flying under the radar. Declan needs someone to take over the management office, never-ending paperwork and Sophie is the perfect fit and her degree in business and marketing and the easy fit for Dec's business works perfectly. Declan is very supportive of her and doesn't press her to face her family yet. When she finally does, it doesn't end well and she knew it wouldn't; she's never going to work for the restaurant or her father. Just because her sisters and brother do, Sophie has always been the one who needs to spread her wings and not follow suit. Her family is stereotypical Italian in the story, which was a little bothersome to me in the way they were presented. The other factor in the story is that her brother and Declan have been working together on a beer that they want to start marketing and selling. The conflict with Sophie puts a rift between the two guys. Meanwhile we get to see the characters from the previous books, who all like Sophie and she's warmly welcomed. Dec is known as the forever single guy. Sophie has it in her head that Dec is a manwhore and yet the chemistry between the two is flammable. I enjoyed the banter and candor between the two. There's enough tension caused by her family that adds to the story, maybe a little too much, but again that's my feeling. It doesn't take away but neither does it add. There is a wicked twist in the story as well, which I thought Declan handled pretty well. I loved Declan in the previous books, all the characters and storylines were fantastic which sucked me right in to read this one. But for me, this book fell short. Late in the book it seemed that both characters personalites did a complete 180, I felt like a was reading a different book. I loved this series so much and it was great seeing Declan fall hard, but I just needed more. I expected a little more based on the previous books and stellar writing. Jody writes a great story always, this was just a miss for me. 3.5 stars arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review.
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