Lia Riley returns to the blog today with the second book in her Everland, Georgia contemporary romance series. Please read on for my review of
The Corner of Forever and Always
My first introduction to the small coastal town of Everland, Georgia: this story uses an opposites attract trope with two personalities that are polar opposites. Tuesday is a free-spirited, grab it as it comes sort of personality with dreams of Broadway stardom. She’s headlong diving into every new situation, as long as a relationship isn’t involved. The flightier sister, her lack of focus on the ephemera of life make her appear slapdash- but she does have a grasp on kindness and fun. Beau is the town’s mayor and best friends with Tuesday’s soon to be brother in law. He’s always been reserved and retiring, and keeps a lock on his own expressions and emotions: he’s such a control freak with incredibly good intentions and a streak of never being ‘enough’ that is the size of a canyon. He’s offended by Tuesday’s appearing to not care about what he thinks are important issues, and the two clash often and (on Tuesday’s part) rather childishly. Beau’s focus is single-minded, and right now, he needs to impress the tourism bureau folks to gain an investment in the quaint, out of the way town, and improve things for everyone.
From first encounter (over flowers taken from the town square) to last, Tuesday and Beau are sniping and snipping at one another, dancing around their attraction, and slowly discovering that there is a reason the term opposites attract is such a cliché. Both have been hurt in romance: Beau’s now deceased wife was a spoilt, mercurial and demanding woman, not very nice, and always taking. Tuesday’s ex was a married director who led her on with the usual lies, and her life (and career in New York) fell apart spectacularly when the lights came on. She’s convinced she’s got ‘bad boy syndrome’, and he’s unwilling to risk the thrill of a mercurial personality over solidity and sureness. Repeatedly these two are back and forth as they try to deny the attraction, and they work through their own feelings and issues with plenty of interior debate, perhaps even a bit too much. With insets from the many nosy and gossipy townspeople, the long conversations between Tuesday and her dog, J.K. Growling, and the struggles that Beau is having with making a difference for Everland and the dream of a congressional bid, the story is reasonably low angst with plenty of moments to laugh and just enjoy the couple and their missteps.
Riley’s writing always leaves me with a smile, even when things aren’t exactly perfect. A strange moment of unknown POV jumps in for a couple of chapters, and the inability of Beau and Tuesday to just speak to their attraction instead of agreeing to hide what’s there was a bit frustrating, but not enough to effect the overall impact. This is two kids in the playground, neither willing to say “I Like You” first, but they’ll poke, prod, and perform specifically FOR one another to get noticed. When you add in the secondary plot that is Beau’s efforts to increase visitor numbers and get Everland onto the Tourism Bureau’s front pages, the town also becomes a character, filled with gossips (well-meaning and not), quirky characters and charm.
Title: The Corner of Forever and Always
Author: Lia Riley
Series: Everland Georgia #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor elements, Small Town
Published by: Forever
Published on: 26 February, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 52 minutes
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Fairy tales aren't ever what they seem . . .
Tuesday Knight's dream of Broadway stardom has flopped, leaving her unemployed and brokenhearted. Ready to quit kissing frogs and make her own happily-ever-after, she takes a job as a princess in Everland, Georgia's historical amusement park.
Mayor Beau Marino lives an unenchanted existence-all work, no play-which is fine by him. After his marriage ended in disaster, the last thing he wants in his life is more drama. But Everland's new free spirit has a talent for getting under his starched collar.
When the town's beloved but bankrupt park might be shut down, Tuesday and Beau face a choice. Can they join forces, save the day-and each other? Or will their fierce battle of wills destroy any chance of a fairy-tale ending?
In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Marina Adair, comes the second book in Lia Riley's Everland, Georgia series about two city sisters finding love in a small town.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.