Review: The Good Ones (Happily Ever After Book 1) by Jenn McKinlay

Book Blurb

A romance bookstore owner finds her own happily ever after with a single dad in a new romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Dog Has His Day.

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true...

Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she's inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he's not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it's going to be to walk away...

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

This book was interesting.  The story was not exactly what I expected.  Maisy was a smart and strong character.  I hate how she was manipulated and treated.  However, it gives her the power to follow her dreams, which I like.
Ryder is an architect that helps her with the house her aunt left her.  The attraction is instant and Maisy gets a bit stupid around him.  It is pretty funny.  I truly like the pairing.  They are good together when they aren’t fighting it.  However, Ryder was the weaker of the two character which surprised me.  He was so set on his plan that he refused to listen to the ones directly involved.  It was insane how stubborn he was.  I truly felt like reaching into the book and shaking him at some points of the story.  He was a good guy but damaged and wouldn’t admit it.

I loved how Maisy handled him.  She refused to let him get away with his crap.  The author also had her question whether she should get involved or not.  It was realistic in the sense of a real relationship where these issues can come up.  It went back and forth between the two.  What annoyed me was Ryder would get mad at Maisy then freeze her out.  I honestly didn’t expect that from a male character the author presented in the way she did.  It’s way I liked Maisy better.  It was a good read.  I give a 4 out of 5.

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