Tuesday 10 December 2019

πŸ’œ Nina Bocci πŸ’œ MEET ME ON LOVE LANE πŸ’œ #HopelessRomantics2 πŸ’œ

© Bianca Janeane

• 10 December 2019
• can be read as a standalone
Hopeless Romantics #2

4 Stars
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a romantic comedy about a woman who grudgingly returns home to small-town Pennsylvania, only to find herself falling in lovenot only with the town, but with two of its citizens.

Charlotte Bishop is out of options in New York City. Fired, broke, and blacklisted by her former boss, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Hope Lake, PA to lick her wounds. Although she’s expecting to find a miserable place with nothing to do, she is pleasantly surprised to discover it is bustling and thriving.

She’s only supposed to be in Hope Lake temporarily until she can earn enough money to move back to New York. She’s not supposed to reconnect with her childhood friends or her beloved grandmother. She’s not supposed to find her dream job running the local florist shop. And she’s definitely not supposed to fall for not one but two of Hope Lake’s golden boys: one the beloved high school English teacher, the other the charming town doctor.

With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?

A perfect blend of humor and heart, Meet Me on Love Lane is the second in a new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Nina Bocci that is sure to charm fans of Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.

21 years ago, ten year old Charlotte had to leave her beloved hometown of Hope Lake, Pennsylvania. Her parents got divorced and her mom took her away from her grandma, her dad and her best friends.
Now - jobless and broke - she's back home.
Her dad is still the town's doctor. Her grandma is still amazing.
Her best friends are still all there. But she can't really remember much. Her mother talked so badly about the town and everything in it that Charlotte buried everything in the deepest corners of her memory.

Henry used to be Charlotte's very bestestest friend. They were only ten when they last saw each other, but poor Henry was already halfway planning their wedding.
Now she's back and forgot everything about him and their adventures!

Charlotte wasn't planning on staying in town for long, but the people are so great and she might have found her dream job ... plus Henry .....

What will happen with Charlotte & Henry?
Will there be a HEA?

Well, that was adorable!

You might remember that I had some problems with the first book in the series. This one I liked so much better from the very start. It ended up being almost as slow and just as ... no idea ... concentrating too much on redundant and uninteresting things. But still. I loved it. I loved Charlotte and Henry and Grandma and Dad and all the guys and Emma.
But again - Nina concentrates more on the town and other stuff instead of the romance. I mean - I loove that small town vibe and the shops and events and all ... but ...
We don't even have a conversation between Charlotte and Henry until almost half the book is done?! How can we fall in love with their falling-in-loveness when we don't get to see them together?

I also have no idea why Max had to be in this book?! He was so not needed. It felt like he was squeezed in once the book was already done for 'excitement' purposes - so much of his scenes don't make any sense to me. Without him the story would've been a lot better - not that he is in it all that much, but still. And I hate that he's even in the blurb - there's nothing I hate more in romances than love triangles - not that that is what happens here - but the blurb had me scared it would be!

BUT - this really was a very sweet and adorable and funny and very slow small-town love story.
I adored the whole gang when they were together - Nick is hilarious! Can't wait to see him get his happily ever after with Charlotte's city-bff Parker in the next book!

MEET ME ON LOVE LANE was a very sweet and slow-burn small-town florist-teacher kinda-second-chance love storyRun to your nearest amazon asap for your own  Henry - this one is MINE!!!

ARC received for an honest review

Now, if you have read my review, you know I had my couple of issues with the first book in this series, but still liked the book.

I am happy to say that those issues are gone with Meet Me On Love Lane, and I liked this book more than the first.

This is a story of coming home, falling back in love with the place you thought you hated - and falling in love with the boy you left behind.

I adored Charlotte and Henry and the friends that Charlotte left behind.  My heart hurt for her as she realised all she had missed because he mum had tainted the town for her.

I did laugh at the way Charlotte and Henry reconnected - you will too.

However, I did feel that the inclusion of Dr Max as a love interest for Charlotte was superfluous.  I did not find that it added anything to the story, trying to create a love triangle between our lovelies and him.  Nope, not at all necessary.

I adored the small town vibe of the story.  I loved the secondary characters, particularly dad and grandma.  Oh, and I can. not. wait for her best friend Parker's story!


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Nina writing with Alice Clayton:

Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.