Monday, June 15, 2020

Sassy Blonde by Stacey Kennedy - ARC Review

From USA Today Bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy comes a brand-new series, featuring a moody hero with too much baggage, a spirited heroine who is always game for adventure, and a sexy-as-hell road trip.

As the youngest Carter sister, Maisie is the free spirit of the Three Chicks Brewery, preferring to paint nature and have fun than actually show up to work. But she's determined to prove to her older sisters that she can be just as valuable to their grandfather's beer legacy as they are. Which means attending Colorado's craft brewery festivals to turn Foxy Diva, their top beer, into an award winner. Unfortunately, after more than one "beer mishap" on her own, it becomes clear to Maisie that she's going to need some help.

Enter her longtime friend, Hayes Taylor, a six-foot-three wall of hard muscle with a chip on his shoulder and a traumatic past he has no interest in working through. The last thing he needs is a woman in his life, particularly his dead wife's best friend, the sweet-as-pie Maisie, who brings out all his protective instincts. This damsel-in-distress couldn't be more Hayes's opposite, and yet, no matter how hard he tries to stay away, the cute and lively Maisie is always in his path, tempting him to want things he shouldn't.

When the two embark on a brewery festival tour, all bets are off when it comes to Hayes keeping his walls up, and Maisie feels certain she can bring her darkly brooding best friend back into the world of love and light. Hayes might have a thousand reasons to maintain his distance, but Maisie has the best reason of all for them risk their friendship and their hearts. Love.

I enjoyed Maisie and Hayes.  I mean, how could I not?  They had this great chemistry and a wonderful friendship.  I connected with both of them, and I felt for both of them.  Luckily, I have never had a romantic partner die (although I have lost friends) so I was not able to totally put myself into Hayes' shoes, but I was able to get to know him enough in the story to know where he is coming from.

Hayes and Maisie were both stuck.  Maisie in a job she hates but feels obligated to remain in, and Hayes in a job that isn't the one he wants because he feels too much guilt to remain a police officer.  And, both of them, by opening up to one another, figure out the ways in which they can not only find themselves and follow their true path, but also find a way to not abandon or dishonor the people they leave behind by doing so.

I love stories with depth, with flawed characters.  And, this one was absolutely the kind of story that draws you in and makes you want to keep reading to the end.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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