The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay

The Good Ones

Jenn McKinlay

Ryder Copeland is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert her house into a romance bookstore. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave his small town, but suddenly he’s not so sure.

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A romance bookstore owner finds her own happily ever after with a single dad in a new romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Dog Has His Day.

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true...

Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she's inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he's not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it's going to be to walk away...

Advance Galley Reviews

I loved this book so much. I was so enamored by this story and characters. It gave me a small town vibe that I just can't get enough of. Maisy is a professor in search of a contractor who can convert her grandmother's Victorian house into a bookstore. She opens her door totally unprepared when Ryder is standing at her front door. He looks like he could be on the cover of a romance novel. They have chemistry, but neither is looking for a relationship. Maisy is determined, a book lover, and has a kind heart. She wants to fulfill her grandma's dreams and start a bookstore. She doesn't always believe that her Ideas! are great, but if anyone can be a successful bookstore owner it's Maisy. Ryder is a sexy, hard-working man who will do anything for his daughter. He had his heart broken and has given up on love. He arrives at Maisy's doorstep and can't help his attraction. He wanted to avoid seeing her because he didn't know how long he could resist her. Then, Maisy hires him. This is gonna be harder then he thought. I loved every single page of this story. It was cute, romantic, and charming. I give The Good Ones all the stars.

Ms McKinlay is a new to me author and I have to say she really impressed me with this book. If I could use one word to describe this book it would be sweet. Ryder is sweet, his relationship with his daughter is sweet and Maisy is sweet. This book just flowed so nicely. It wasn’t insta love but rather a very nice slow build up. Great story that I recommend reading. I look forward to reading more from this author.

From what I was able to read great storyline.

The characters in this story are really sweet, especially Maisy. I actually felt I could really relate to her shy awkwardness. And Ryder is just the best. So kind and caring, and what's not to love about a committed single dad? If you like sweet romances, read this one!

Although this looked like an enjoyable read, unfortunately the clock on my copy ran out before I could get to it. Thanks for the opportunity even though I missed my chance.

I loved this sweet romance. I love a great love story. Jenn McKinley's story does not disappoint. I love the chemistry between Maisy and Ryder, and how shy and awkward Maisy is. I would highly recommmend.

Unfortunately, my copy expired before reading. So bummed.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Good Ones by Jenna McKinley. This was a great romance with wonderful characters that you couldn’t help but cheer for. I can’t waot to read more from this author.

If you like romance this is the book for you. Great characters and great story line.

Liked the characters and story. Fun to read and see how the romance and characters grow! Entertaining and well done.

This story is so adorable and humorous! Maisy Kelly is a fun heroine who inherits her great-aunt's home and decides to open a romance bookstore using Eloise's varied collection. She hires cowboy architect Ryder Copeland to help restore the house in time for the bookstore's grand opening. Maisy and Ryder have an instant connection, but Ryder's inability to commit threatens any serious relationship they might form. There's an emotional land mine within the pages of this story with Ryder's plans to send his daughter to private school and his leaving town for a job. Maisy is looking for 'the one' and Ryder happens to check all the boxes. I loved that even though Maisy and Ryder seemed like a sure thing, their relationship faced many challenged and some of them quite serious. Nonetheless, The Good Ones is a charming romance that will appeal to hopeless romantics and readers who love a good cowboy! *ARC provided via First to Read* Rating: 4/5

Jenn McKinlay is one of my go to romance authors, so when there was a new series, I got super excited and NEEDED this book in my life - and I am so so so glad I got an early look at it! This book has everything I need to make me a very happy reader - a quirky book lover, a sexy cowboy, a kitten, and the fab best friend with all the attitude. The execution is spot on, timing is perfect, and it gave me all the required feels!!!

I really enjoyed this cute romance. Great characters and a nice celebration of the romance genre.

I love a good romance and the way characters build their relationship. The Good Ones had a good start and I was captivated. And then I got angry and by the end bored and just stoped reading. For a university profesor, Maisy appears to be thinking like a 15 years old girl and full of insecurities and Ryder is .... I will say only that is not a woman’s dream. By the middle, I felt like the cat is the actually star of the story, as I was given so many details.... Too many details about everything and less of a good story! I was dissapointed.

Young looking, Maisey Kelly has inherited her Auntie El’s outdated house…as well as her ginormous stash of Romance novels. After getting overlooked for a position at the college, she decides to turn the house into a bookstore. Cue handsome, hot cowboy, single-dad, Ryder Copeland. Arriving to give her an estimate she is unprepared for, he mistakes her for a younger girl…not the college instructor she actually is. This was a fun read! I enjoyed the banter, the love, the heartbreak, and the dilemmas that came up. I thought it flowed really well and the characters were great! I loved Ryder’s teenage daughter (Perry), Maisy’s friend (Savy), and of course King George…the rescue kitty. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

Absolutely beautiful. It's so well written I enjoyed every second of it, the moment I started reading I couldn't stop! It made me laugh and cry and all the good feelings. And the characters! Oh I loved the characters so much, I can't wait to meet them again.

I thought this book was incredible! There is something about Ms. McKinlay's contemporary romance that totally strikes the right notes with my heart. I really thought it was one of the better I've read in the last year (and I read a lot). Her characters are so darn real. They have their problems and their hesitations to fall in love, but she writes the story in a way that makes it next to impossible for them to not. I absolutely love a hero that can't overpower his own reluctance to give in to love. The plot moves right along at a realistic pace and the dialogue between the characters is spot on. I adored how Maisey would just go right after Ryder if she had a beef with him and how she made darn sure that he was hearing what she said. Ryder and his inability to say those three little words to anyone in his life was frustrating, but it was that much sweeter when he finally said them. The secondary characters were as interesting as Maisey and Ryder. I loved his daughter and King George (the kitten) being a part of the book was just precious. I've followed the growth of the original King George and Ms. McKinlay's love for him on her FB page and loved this tribute to him. I am positively chomping at the bit for the next book in this series! Loved, loved, loved!

Mixed feelings about this book 3 stars This is the first book of Jenn McKinley’s that I have read and I can definitely see myself picking up others from her in the future - especially the next book in this series. Despite this, I had very mixed feelings about this particular book. Firstly, the book is a standalone novel and the first in the Happy Ever After series. I’m hoping that the next book, The Christmas Keeper, features Savy and Quino who popped up - and shot major sparks off each other - in this book. The writing is snappy and engaging and it was absolutely no trouble to keep those pages turning. And - oh boy - the banter was top notch. It really was applause-worthy and I felt myself laughing, nodding and appreciating the genius of Ms McKinley’s gift of the dialogue. The premise, too, had me rubbing my hands together with glee. Dreams of opening a bookshop (with a turret, no less) made my heart go pitty pat. So what was it that stopped this book from getting higher than a 3 star rating? Sadly - it was the relationship between Ryder and Maisy. To be honest, I wasn’t sure - in the beginning at least - that they were right for each other. Ryder meets Maisy and, due to her appearance and small stature, thinks her a college student and barely older than his teenage daughter. He actually thinks this and doesn’t amend his perception for quite some time (two or three meetings and much interaction, I think it was). He then is a wee bit rude about her age so she corrects him - and suddenly he’s all over the lust he feels for her. Yet not 5 minutes beforehand he thought she was a kid. And I’m supposed to cheer for this relationship? It made me feel a little bit uncomfortable, if I’m honest. At the same time, Maisy flirts with Ryder, lusts after Ryder and etc - all the while thinking he’s married. Girl - when you find out a man is off limits - you shut it down. Not feeling the love for Maisy with this kind of activity, even if nothing happened between them at this point. But to give Maisy her due, Ryder was still wearing his wedding ring. We get some story about him not wanting the attention of other women and he doesn’t want a relationship so wears his ring. I didn’t buy it and I felt like there was some sort of emotional cheating going on until everything was explained. But by then, it was stuck in my head. With that start it took me a looooong time to get into this book and to actually cheer for the characters. It didn’t help that it’s definitely more of a meandering type of read rather than action packed. But I started to get over my initial impressions of the characters and I can say I liked them at the half-way point. Loved them at about 75%. Ryder was a good hero even if he hadn’t ever heard of Jane Austen. (No, really). He redeemed himself by the end of the book though. And while I’m not one to go gaga over a man with a kid - the relationship between Ryder and Perry was cute as a button and did make me like him just a little bit more. And the way that Maisy was written was just wonderful. Authors often have a hard time writing quirky characters and have them come across as a normal person. In this case Maisy had quirks and she owned them - and she felt as real as you and me. I liked her a lot. Ryder and Maisy together was also a great combo. They balanced each other out and I was happy for them to reach their happily ever after together. Despite a rocky start for all of us. As I said, I had mixed feelings about this book. There were lots of good points but the first meeting(s) of Ryder and Maisy really dampened things for me for a while. I am keen to read more about the other characters we’re introduced to so I will be keeping my eyes on the Happy Ever After series if nothing more than to get some tips on how to open a romance bookstore! 3 stars.

I received an advanced copy of this book for my review. I enjoyed the romance. Maisy inherited her aunt’s house and decided to renovate it. She hires Ryder an architect and a cowboy. They are attracted to each other. But there are difficulties and problems. Like all romances things work out. I enjoyed the plot development and twists and turns. I will be reading more of this author.

Maisy inherits her late aunt's historical house full to the brim with romance novels of every kind. When she is considering restoring the home to it's former glory, the Idea! comes to her to open Happily Ever After, a romance bookstore. Her architect, a single father, Ryder, who is taking on one final job before he sends his teenage daughter, Perry, off to boarding school and takes an office job in another state, looks like he has just stepped off the cover of Maisy's first favorite cowboy romance novels. (Basically, he's the physical embodiment of Maisy's first book boyfriend.) McKinlay writes sex as well as she does cozy mystery: nuanced and direct without being crass. Maisy and Ryder are both sexy in their own way and likable personality wise. There's some comedy, but not as much as in Bluff Point. I'm really looking forward to more of this series. The one annoyance to me is a big one to me, so I want to address it. Every time an author writes a series about a bookstore or a library, they plug their other series. It always annoys me and I wish, just once, that I wouldn't find it to be the case. But Bluff Point is plugged in this book. It's a totally appropriate place for it (so at least it's only 1/2 a bad thing).

Wit and romance! Oh, and a cowboy! Did I mention a cowboy? This story is a wonderful combination of laughs and feels with wildly terrific characters that are thoroughly engaging. As far as the story, there's nothing really unique about the formula, but the wonderful writing style paints a picture and breathes life into these characters. All in all, this is terrific series start, and the author has set the bar quite high for whatever comes next in the Happily Ever After series.

I have enjoyed other Jenn McKinkay books and decided to read this one as well. It took a little while to get into this book, the beginning was a little slow and a bit over the top. However, once the characters started connecting and the plot line got moving I couldn't put it down. It was a typical romantic comedy with a somewhat predictable ending. I would read another in this series and recommend this book as a good beach read.

This was a great, feel-good book that felt like I was reading a '90s-era rom-com movie. The writing felt fresh and the dialogue was realistic, which is important to me. I enjoy the strong female lead, and a male lead who is a nice guy (albeit with some issues to work through). This book would be a perfect addition to the beach bag, when you want something light and fun. I will absolutely be seeking out more books from this author, and I hope to see stories featuring some of the other characters in the future!

This was a really nice read with fun twists to it. Loved the whole house restoration Maisy has planned for her aunts home and the unbelievable amount of romance novels she inherited. This was cute, funny, heartfelt and delightful. Not the best romance I have read but loved all the main characters and how they interacted and left you wanting more of their stories.

Maisy Kelly inherited her Great Aunt's house that was a hoarder situation with books, romance books to be exact. Maisy is a professor and is planning on turning the house she inherited into a book store since she already has the merchandise and the house. With just a little bit of hard work her dreams can be a reality. In comes Ryder Copeland the Architect that she has called to fix up the house. He looks like one of the guys off of a Romance book novel and for the most part acts like one too. His daughter comes along with him and discovers several things about herself, the house and other people in her life. Quite a cute story and very easy to read. I did not want to put it down. I really liked the characters in this story; they were pretty much all good people. The book was a good length.

This was a sweet romance that made me laugh out loud several times. The dynamic between the two main characters, the kids, and the friends/neighbors were great. Plus, I liked reading a book about a bookstore and love of books. Unfortunately, while it was cute and sweet I did not feel very invested in the story or characters. It was a fun diversion, and enjoyable while it lasted.

This was a cute, sweet novel. The premise seemed very familiar to me, but I enjoyed it. The characters were really great, but I really enjoyed the friendship between the women. It's nicely paced and I was invested in the story. I would read the next book in the series.

Jenn McKinley does it again with The Good Ones, her new romance series. Well written with thoughtful characters, a lot of laughter and "I wish that would happen to me romance", you won't be able to put the book down.

A nice and easy, HEA. I enjoyed this novel like any good book junkie would.

The Good Ones was a sweet story. I enjoyed that Maisy had inherited a house full of romance books and she decided to remodel the house into a romance bookstore. Ryder was the "cowboy architect" she hired to restore the house. Maisy and Ryder were able to overcome their insecurities and find their HEA. I also enjoyed the secondary characters and look forward to the next story in the series.

I want to open my own romance book store! I loved the book. The plot was straight forward and very sweet. Life isn't always smooth nor does it go the way we have it planned. So many aspects in this book. Best friends, endearing friendships, a typical teenager and a reluctant romantic architect. It was great I'm ready for the next one.

Received an ARC for an honest review. I want to live Maisy's life. Can I take over from here? She decides to create a romance-only bookstore with the massive collection left to her by her aunt. To do so, she needs to bring in an architect who happens to be a single dad and super hot. The fact that was willing to read romance and his point of view on romance readers alone was enough to warrant a 5-star review. I would have reacted the exact same way Maisy did. I liked that McKinlay created realistic characters. I could see Maisy hanging out with Savy and Jeri on a Friday night and I could see how Perry would fit right in with them. I was completely invested in everything that happened in this book, from the cat to...well, I don't want to give away any spoilers. The love scenes were more sweet than hot, but fit perfectly with the writing style. It would have been weird if they were super explicit. I really am excited to see what comes of Savy and Quino because you know their book is going to be "en fuego". Great read by McKinlay. I think this may have been the first book I've read by her but it definitely won't be the last. Now I want to go to a romance-only book store so that I can become Aunt El.

When Maizy opens the door of the Victorian home her aunt left her to find a cowboy-architect who could grace the cover of one of her beloved romance novels, she almost swoons. Ryder, the architect who is there to see about remodeling her house into a romance bookshop, finds himself intrigued by Maisy and interested in a woman for the first time since his divorce. However, their happily ever after is not smooth as Ryder plans to leave Fairfield and has overall commitment problems. With quirky adults, a teenage girl, a baby kitten, love, comedy, mild sex scenes, a little angst and a romance bookshop, The Good Ones is a delight to read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

What an amazing love story! It's more than a love story between a man and a woman. it's also a loving salute to the romance genre. Oh my goodness! All the authors and books named in the story could keep a romance reader happily engaged for months tracking down the books and series they haven't already read. I particularly loved the winking reference to the Bluff Point series! (Already read'em Jen!) The story was fun. The hero handsome and sensitive. The heroine spunky and determined. The house was amazing. And there was a rescue kitten. I couldn't ask for anything more! Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book from First to Read.

This book's advance copy was a quick read. I liked the main character and her love interest. The plot moved quickly without much unexpected happening. It was a happy story that I enjoyed

McKinlay writes adorable characters and an incredibly sweet storyline in "The Good Ones". A small town college professor turned wanna-be bookstore owner and a rugged cowboy turned architect make quite the pair. Throw in his cute teenage daughter, a few of her sassy yet well-meaning friends, and a cute little kitty and McKinlay has herself a top-notch contemporary romance. Granted, there are a few too many analogies at times (especially the first third of the book), but besides that I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out!

I loved this book!! A combination of my favorite things - books, kittens, and romance!! The author’s character development of both the main characters as well as the others was great. I felt like I could see the story playing out as I read it. I wanted to visit the book store see the historical house! I hope there is a sequel to develop the stories of their friends!

This was the cutest story. It was engaging and moved quickly enough to hold my attention every single page! You can't go wrong with a romance novel about romance novels... Plus a cute cowboy and a kitten! It's a win!

I enjoyed this book. It’s a nice romance and the characters have good chemistry. The story moves at a good pace and held my interest throughout.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was my first book by this author and I will be reading more. I liked the characters and the story line kept a good pace and did't drag. It was light and not heavy just fun quirky characters just what I needed.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the start of a new series for this wonderful writer. This is set in the small town of Fairdale. Maisy inherited her Aunt’s home and some money to do with it as she sees fit. She decides to turn it into a Romance Bookstore. So, she decides that she needs a specialist to take the historical home from a hoarders paradise of books into the store of her dreams. In walks a cowboy off the pages of her romance novels, Ryder, the architect and builder. Sparks fly, and so does the conflict. This is a delightful start to a new series, and once again, I can’t wait for the next one!

I don't usually read what I would consider traditional romance books, but that doesn't mean I am opposed to them. I tend to like YA romance books better just because there is less sex in them. I am not opposed to reading adult romance books, and I have started to consider that I actually do really like books where the main focus is on the romance. Here's the great thing about romance books that it took me a really long time to figure out, the women in these books have a lot of agency and they are always getting what they want. So this book, The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay is definitely what I would consider a "traditional romance book" but I still wanted to give it a try, and turns out I did really like it! I loved the plot in this novel. A down on her luck professor quits her job after losing a tenure position to her boyfriend, who happens to be married! Don't judge, Maisy, she didn't know until her job interview and she saw him with his wife! Her great Aunt has died and left her this big old house full of all her romance books, so Maisy decides why not turn into a Romance bookshop!? In walks in the "Cowboy Architect" and you can see where the rest of the story goes from there. I loved that this was a book that was about readers and really catering to the romance reader. It was such a cool concept, and the book even mentioned The Ripped Bodice when Maisy was thinking about this decision. I really love the characters in this book. Maisy is a very sure of herself character, and I loved watching her interaction with Ryder, her Architect. The book is also full of a lot of strong women like Maisy's best friend Savannah the marketing queen, their accountant Jeri and the vet Hannah. They were all really interesting and complex women and it was fun to see how they all interacted with each other. Ryder also has a fourteen year old daughter, and I loved watching Perry and Maisy grow close. I also loved Ryder and Perry's relationship, it was a close one but also one with it's issues. I really enjoyed how the book made the relationship between father and daughter so realistic. I also thought it was interesting that Ryder was a divorced single-Dad, because I don't think I have read a lot of books where the love interest in a divorcee. There definitely should be more characters like that. The book is a little predictable, but I think that is fine, because I think these types of books are supposed to be that way. In romance books everyone is supposed to get their happy ending and nobody dies. That's kind of why they appeal to a lot of people. I read a lot of different genres, because I like to mix it up, but some people want a true escape and romance books are their go to. I totally GET it! These types of books are a fun and happy experience and I really enjoying watching Maisy finally get her happy ending. My one beef with this book is the sex scene...why are they always doing the deed on the kitchen table?? Don't they know people eat off that? I think this might be a start of a new series, and I am kind of wondering if Savannah and Quino will be the topic of the next book. If it is, I am IN, because boy do those two not get along and I LOVE hate to love romance books.

A fun concept and lighthearted read. Some parts were a bit repetitive.

A quick romance with lots of ups and downs!

This sweet romance is partly a love letter to the romance genre complete with the unbelievably perfect cowboy single dad that's just broken enough for the quirky, innocent yet feisty leading lady to fall head over heels in love with on their way to a happily ever after. The many and sundry references to other romance authors (particularly the classics) is a good add for longtime romance readers and it might just make a casual or younger reader give some old-school romance a chance. There will be times when the reader has to suspend disbelief and just go with the flow of the story. But I don't read romance to get a fully realistic experience, I read it for the fantasy. And McKinlay manages to make this slightly corny love story into one heck of a fantastic romance read.

Total cheesefest. I haven't read a romance book in a long time, and this book reminded me why. It's infuriating watching the man characters go back & forth "yes we can, no we cant, yes we can, no we can't!" and never actually communicate with each other. So dramatic.

This is my first Jenn McKinlay book and now I'm a fan. I loved the friendships between all the women, the dance parties, the secret room, King George, all of it. The romance was sweet, too. I especially liked that romance novels and their readers were treated with respect. I can't wait to check out more of McKinlay's books.

I adore Jenn McKinlay. She writes several of my very favorite cozy mystery series. It was so fun to read a different genre from her, but still find her witty, well developed characters, easy dialogue and realistic humor. I throughly enjoyed this book. It was just the light, feel good story that I needed at the moment. I loved the setting - an old Victorian that’s being converted into a romance bookstore. It comes with a hidden room, endless piles of books and the cutest tenant. Maisy was a wonderful lead. I was drawn to her spunk, humility and optimism. She was educated, but still emotionally vulnerable. Her girl squad was the absolute best!! They teased one another, yet offered the most wonderful support throughout the entire story. It was easy to fall for Ryder, the cowboy architect. The chemistry he shared with Maisy was absolute perfection. I also really enjoyed the sweet relationship he had with his daughter Perry!! I have to mention King George as well - the adorable rescue kitten. Being a long time follower of McKinlay, I’ve seen many posts about her own King George and have enjoyed watching him grow up. Loved how all of the characters fell head over heals in love with such a tiny fur ball. Fanatic readers will definitley appreciated the endless book references. I like how it explained that there are numerous sub genres of romance, something for everyone, and I love that Ryder even read a few along the way. Overall, this is an entertaining love story. It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it contains some steamy moments and the best barbecue scene ever!! It also shows a depth of emotions, how past events can effect our future if we don’t take the time to reflect upon them and how true love should always make you feel! I’d love for the series to continue - maybe with Savannah and Quino! Until then, I will definitley check out McKinlay’s Bluff Point trilogy.

This is the first Jenn McKinlay book that I've read, and I have already tracked down another one. If you are in the mood for a feel good, Happily Ever After romance novel, this will fit the bill. Maisy, a former English professor, is turning her late aunt's house into a romance bookstore. Romance books and references to authors and stories are a fun part of this novel. If you are a romance reader, you will appreciate the nods to favorite authors in the genre. If you are new to romance, you may get some ideas on new authors to try. Ryder is the cowboy-hat wearing, hot, single dad architect that is doing the remodel of the beautiful Victorian that will house the future bookstore. Sparks fly between Ryder and Maisy with the expected barriers to their HEA. There's also a rescue kitten and some good friends. The writing flowed, the dialogue was easy to read, and I enjoyed the characters and their relationships. It was a perfect escapist romance novel with everything both simpler and a little larger than real life. I believe this is the first of a series, and I look forward to additional stories. Thanks to First to Read for a digital ARC of this book.

Okay, first of all we have an English professor who wants to turn an old Victorian house into a romance bookstore. I feel like that is enough to sell this book. Then we have a single dad who looks like one of the cover models for a cowboy romance novel. If that's not enough, you have great female friendships and a rescue kitten.This book was so much fun to read. I love the relationships in this book, the romance is adorable, and all the romance book references are just the cherry on top. I would definitely recommend this to romance readers everywhere!!

This is my first Jenn McKinlay book, and it was cute! Being that it is a romance novel, it has the tale-tell signs of one, complete with a too good to be true hero and a heroine that loves happily ever afters as much as she loves him. Definitely a cute, no-fuss read!

I don’t usually read romances but decided to give this a try because I like Jenn McKinlay’s books. The story moved at a good pace and I liked the characters. My only real,problem with the book was that I felt like both Maisy and Ryder came across as younger then they should considering their ages and life experiences.

This book was sweet/fun read. This tells the story of Maisy and Ryder. Maisy is mourning the loss of her aunt/betrayal of her ex and renovating her Aunt's house into a romance bookstore. Ryder is the cowboy architect was hires to do the job. And it doesn't hurt that he looks like the cowboy from her favorite romance novel. And I'm hoping we see a novel involving their best friends Savannah and Quino. I received this ARC from First to Read.

This was a cute novel. Nothing phenomenal, but enjoyable nonetheless. I liked the romance bookshop idea and the cowboy-architect thing. However, I felt like the characters were a bit more immature than they should have been based on their life stories. It wasn't quite realistic. Also, it's set in the summer and the kids have school still... I think this may have been a plot mistake.

This novel was sweet, funny, romantic, I couldn’t put it down. The little love story that develops between Maisy and Ryder and how they try to avoid each other and their strong attraction, keeps you wanting to read more. It’s not a long dragged out novel and it’s not too short. I definitely recommend it!

I was undecided about how to write my review. I loved the premise of the story. It has all the reasons why I read romance books. I loved the funny parts of the story. The only part I wasn't fond of was how young Ryder sounded. There were times I fond it difficult to believe Ryder was in his 30's his way of speaking was of a young boy. Overall I would recommend this book to others.

This book is a good one. I love that The Good Ones is a romance novel that knows it's a romance novel, and it plays out all the typical tropes in the best way. You have your hot cowboy architect, your bookish, quirky heroine, and a whole slew of supporting characters who advise and meddle as needed. I read this book in a matter of hours, and if you like quirky romances or are a fan of Jenn McKinlay's previous books, I highly recommend checking this one out.

This book is proof positive why I read everything with Jenn McKinlay's name on it. The Good Ones is just as wonderful and fantastic as everything else she's written. I loved this story.

The Good Ones is a fantastic read. It has all the necessary requirements for a dreamy romantic read. First, it includes a hunky architect who is also a cowboy. Swoon!! Second, he is hired to remodel an old house into a romance book shop. A reader's dream! Throw in a cute kitten, loving supportive friends, and a plucky woman, you have the ultimate book. I love how the author included some of her own books and the cat story as personal references. I was excited to get this book from Penguin First Read and I read it all in just mere hours.

What an amazingly sweet, funny, and heartwarming romance this was! Although I don’t usually go for romances where there are kids involved, Perry was the perfect addition to the cast in this story. And the gradual building of the relationship between Ryder and Maisy in the midst of building a new business, restoring a house, saving a kitten, and dealing with some ghosts from the past made it impossible for me to put this book down. I’m sad that it’s over, but looking forward to more from this author! Thanks First To Read for letting me experience this book early!

Read the whole book in a day! I just couldn't put it down. This story will pull the emotions out of you. At one point I cried and at several others I laughed out loud. I would definitely recommend this book! Thanks First to Read for my advance copy.

I was lucky enough to be provided a copy of The Good Ones for review. The description looked so sweet that I did what I could to get my hands on an ARC and am I glad I did. This HEA book has so many topics it addresses in the diguise of a cute romance that I felt so many things upon finishing this book. Maisy, Ryder and gang made me laugh hysterically, cry, and filled me with hope. So glad I was right to have wanted to read this book and know I can read it again and again


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