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

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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