Back in the Burbs is an enemy to lovers romance (my favorite), by Tracy Wolff and Avery Flynn.
What first drew me to this book was one; I’ve read Avery Flynn before and think her writing is very witty and funny. Two, the blurb, the enemies to lovers trope, and the cover, because, let’s be honest, it is so super cute.
What I loved:
The book is hysterical. I hate feeling like I am giving away spoilers, but the heroine, Mallory, inherits her very eccentric great aunt’s home, and it’s a mess. Not only is poor Mallory’s life a mess, but now she has this house, and you guessed it, an enemy neighbor.
I thought the writing was smart and thoughtful to the characters in the book. A lot is going on, so the authors did a good job of taking care of the story.
I was worried in the beginning that Mallory was going to be a bit of a doormat, but I was very pleasantly surprised that this was not the case. Mallory’s character grows throughout the book, and it’s so lovely to watch her develop a backbone.
What I didn’t love:
The book is wordy and long. This isn’t a deal-breaker for me, but sometimes so many descriptions and information that isn’t absolutely necessary can become daunting.
There is a lot of side plots going on. To the point that I almost thought they could have written a whole second book just about the Mom and the other secondary characters. It just seemed longer than it had to be.
I very much enjoyed Back to the Burbs. It’s hilarious, and I loved the heroine, and her character developed. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a laugh, but settle in because it’s not a short and sweet read.
Back in the Burbs by Avery Flynn & Tracy Wolff is now live!
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.
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When Avery Flynn isn't writing about alpha heroes and the women who tame them, she is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She has three slightly wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband, and has a slight shoe addiction. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on her Facebook page, or friend her on her Facebook profile. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the internet, she'll be your best friend for life. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She'd love to hear from you.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff is a lover of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night. A onetime English professor, she now devotes all her time to writing dark and romantic stories with tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. She has written all her sixty-plus novels from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family.