#ReviewTour • must like spinach by Con Riley ➲ Review + Giveaway
Title: Must Like Spinach
Author: Con Riley
Length: 245 Pages
Publisher: Figment Ink
Publication Date: October 19, 2016
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Blurb: Jon’s future in New York should be bright. He’s on the corporate fast track as an executive problem solver, yet he can’t help feeling hollow. Yearning for a life spent outdoors makes no sense if he wants to flourish in this city, nor does losing his cool with clients when they make bad decisions. Only leaving the East Coast behind for three months can save his business reputation.
His exile in Seattle has unexpected upsides. Jon’s rented home has a garden where his true passions blossom. It’s overgrown yet idyllic—perfect if he didn’t have to share it with another tenant. Tyler might be as cute as hell, and their landlady adores him, but Jon can’t let himself fall for someone who seems lazy.
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Must Like Spinach is a sweet and feel good story between two men who couldn’t be more opposite from the outside looking in. However, once they get past their initial first impressions and bad judgments they make of each other, they realize they have quite a bit of the same likes and wants.
Jon thinks his life is in the big city on the fast track up the corporate ladder but his sharp approach towards his clients leave management no choice but to ship him across the country for one more chance to show he’s got what it takes to be in the program.
Finding an apartment seems like the smarter approach over a motel room and the ad for “must like spinach” grabs Jon’s attention but once he’s on site he can’t believe he is even considering moving in.
The place is a wreck and dilapidated but the property and the garden calls to Jon and takes him back to a time when his mom was still living and he wants nothing more than to sink his fingers into the dirt and start pulling weeds.
Peggy, the landlord, seems nice if maybe a little strange but what really concerns Jon is Tyler, the cute guy that Peggy refers to as “her boy.” He seems lazy to Jon and for some reason Jon automatically has labeled him as someone who is not trustworthy and is out to scam Peggy out of her home and money.
What ensues is Tyler and Jon battling between themselves and butting heads and Peggy playing matchmaker and a lot of hilarity on the reader’s part. They finally decide to play nice which leads to a date here and there, and that turns into a kiss and so on. Their relationship is a slow burn with most of it off page but you know it’s happening and it’s very sweet and endearing.
The relationship with Tyler, for the most part, is in the background with Jon working his fast track program the forefront of the story as he tries to find out, what or who, is holding the company back, but in the process, he begins to befriend the employees and sees a different side and learns more than what he bargained for. He’s only supposed to be there for three months but at the end of his program he must decide if he wants to move on or change course.
I’ve read other stories by this author and always enjoyed them so I was anxious to give this one a go and I wasn’t disappointed. The author has a way of pulling the reader in over the progression of the story with a slow build up and a slow burn of the relationship and I enjoy that as it gives you time to get to know the characters and what makes them tick. By the end of the story you feel as though the main characters have something that will last and is meaningful. An enjoyable feel good story that I would recommend to other lovers of the genre. 4.5 Stars
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through signal boost promotions *
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Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.
Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.
When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don't disturb herósheís probably thinking up new plots.