Thursday, October 5, 2023

Better Than Most by Jennifer Milliken - ARC Review & Release Blitz

Back then? They were great together.

Now? They could be even better.

Better Than Most by Jennifer Millikin is now live!


From Amazon Charts bestselling author Jennifer Millikin comes a brother's best friend, second chance romance filled with heart, heat, and humor.

Rhodes Porter.

A name Georgia Whittier would prefer never cross her lips again. Not only was her older brother's best friend her first love, her first everything, but he broke her heart for a reason she still hasn't fully accepted. To make it worse, Georgia couldn't properly nurse her broken heart, because nobody knew about the love affair.

A decade has passed, and Georgia is all grown up. She's twenty-seven, a college graduate who had a real world job. Had. Her small hometown of Green Haven isn't flush with teaching jobs, but she knew that when she moved back home. She's making ends meet with odd jobs, and has rediscovered her old love of West Coast swing dancing. Life isn't great, but it's good enough.

Until Rhodes returns to Green Haven. For good.

As much as Georgia would prefer to banish him from her life, she can't. See: Brother's best friend. Now Rhodes is everywhere. Her brother's wedding. At a family barbecue. On the sidewalk across the street while Georgia waits in line at the post office.

And that broken heart Georgia thought had healed? It hasn't. Because Rhodes is just like before. Better, even.

Georgia is determined to keep Rhodes at arm's length, even when he's buying her blackberry orange jam at the Sierra Grande farmer's market. Even when he's holding eye contact a beat too long. Especially when she finds out the old note she wrote him is still sewn into the brim of his baseball hat.

The hat he still wears.

Every day it gets more difficult for Georgia to refuse her heart.
But if what Georgia wants is a reason not to fall in love with Rhodes again, she need look no further.

Rhodes is holding onto it. All these years he's kept the truth of why he left her a secret, but secrets have a way of revealing themselves.

And this one? It's a doozy.

This was my first title by this author, and I enjoyed it. Her writing style did take me a little to mesh with, but I did and I ended up really enjoying the romance between Georgia and Rhodes.

For some reason, I love small town romances, I think because they are the opposite of the life I live, I like the interconnected people and the stories about the different people in the town that are part of not only the background, but also of the story. I thought this was handled well in this one, and the idea that it's only possible to avoid someone for so long when it's a small town.

I enjoyed the West Coast Swing dancing element of it (I did have to Google the dance style, and it looks fun) although I did think the whole thing with will he or won't he end up as her dance partner got a little convoluted and could have been handled a little more directly.

But it wasn't enough to pull me out of the story. I was invested in their relationship and liked them as a couple.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Millikin is a bestselling author of fifteen contemporary romance and women's fiction novels. She is the two-time recipient of the Readers Favorite Gold Star Award, and readers have called her work “emotionally riveting” and “unputdownable”.

Following a viral TikTok video with over fourteen million views, Jennifer’s third novel, Our Finest Hour, has been optioned for TV/Film. She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, children, and Liberty, her Labrador retriever.

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