Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Review - Back in the Burbs by Tracy Wolff and Avery Flynn

Back in the Burbs
by Tracy Wolff & Avery Flynn
Series: The Burbs, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ChickLit/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 30, 2021

Ever have one of those days where life just plain sucks? Welcome to my last three months--ever since I caught my can't-be-soon-enough ex-husband cheating with his paralegal. I'm thirty-five years old, and I've lost my NYC apartment, my job, my money, and frankly, my dignity.

But the final heartache in the suck sandwich of my life? My great-aunt Maggie died. The only family member who's ever gotten me. 

Even after death, though, she's helping me get back up. She's willed me the keys to a house in the burbs, of all places, and dared me to grab life by the family jewels. Well, I've got the vise grips already in hand (my ex should take note) and I'm ready to fight for my life again.

Too bad that bravado only lasts as long as it takes to drive into Huckleberry Hills. And see the house.

There are forty-seven separate HOA violations, and I feel them all in my bones. Honestly, I'm surprised no one's "accidentally" torched the house yet. I want to, and I've only been standing in front of it for five minutes. But then my hot, grumpy neighbor tells me to mow the lawn first and I'm just...done. Done with men too sexy for their own good and done with anyone telling me what to do. 

First rule of surviving the burbs? There is nothing that YouTube and a glass of wine can't conquer.

Filled with snark and sass, plus lots of emotion and heart, Back in the Burbs was a fun read that had a touch of everything I love in a romance book!

Mallory was the exact type of lead I love in a book - she’s a bit of a mess but knows she has to pull up her big girl panties and straighten her life out. She’s smart, but also doesn’t take herself or life too seriously all the time. Nick was just perfect - his past has made him cautious of sharing his life, but underneath the grumpiness he displays at times he is a just a sweet guy who cares deeply about those who matter. I just loved all the banter between Nick and Mallory and how Nick just “got” her - but there was also such a sweetness between these two, especially when Nick would know exactly what Mallory needed when she herself often had no clue.

This book had such an amazing cast of characters. I think my favorites had to be Nick’s parents (which explained so much when we finally got to meet them!) I also enjoyed Mallory’s mother as she finds her way and helps Mallory redefine her past so she can move forward. There were so many great laugh out loud moments and the banter between everyone was frequent and funny, but somehow the authors were able to keep things real and did not let things get over-the-top. 

This is one that should be on anyone’s TBR - whether you are in the mood to laugh out loud, sigh from emotion, or do a bit of both, this book will deliver all that and more!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley of this book.

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