What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor by Amanda Ashby

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Fun romantic comedy

What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor (Belles of St. Clair #1) by Amanda Ashby

Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: August
Pages: 322 pages
Source: Purchase
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

On the advice of a bestselling, self-help guru’s book, thirty-something Paige Taylor decides to make a man-free, fresh start far, far away after her well-ordered life in Manhattan is shattered by the trauma of a cheating, longtime boyfriend. However, in the midst of drowning in anger and sadness at her ex’s betrayal, she is not thinking too clearly. As a result, it seems like a good idea to her to plow all her savings, sight unseen, and without any kind of standard property inspection, into a bookstore in St. Clair, a quaint, beachside, tourist destination on the West Coast. Her out-of-character impetuosity lands her in a heap of trouble when she discovers to her dismay that the bookstore is in shambles, and the locals are so unfriendly, she might as well be back in big, bad NYC. Worst of all, her mother has suddenly decided to become another millstone around poor Paige’s neck by moving in with her on what appears to be a permanent basis.

Luke Carmichael, a thirty-something St. Clair local, has also been burned by love and is committed to a woman-free existence. His self-sufficient existence consists of running his successful construction business, raising his young daughter as a single parent, and pursuing his hobby of writing and singing songs.

Unfortunately for their well laid plans of romantic indifference, when Luke and Paige meet, irresistible attraction blows apart their mutual vow to stay safely solo.

This entertaining romantic comedy offers lovably quirky, small-town characters alongside the attractive and sympathetic protagonists, Paige and Luke. Their amusingly rocky road to romance is a pleasure to experience, and the beachside setting in which the story action takes place is a unique and lovely backdrop.

Overall, this book is an excellent addition to the a new Entangled imprint which spotlights romantic protagonists in their thirties.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 4

Hero: 4

Subcharacters: 4

Setting: 4

Romance Plot: 4

Chick Lit Plot: 4

Writing: 4

Overall: 4

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