ARC Review: Bold Love by Lauren Accardo

Happy Tuesday and release day to Bold Love by Lauren Accardo! Today is a very exciting day for me because it’s my birthday, so I’m excited to share this book with y’all today because I really liked it! Thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Bold Love.

Bold Love 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Playing house in the mountains was supposed to be temporary, but a woman would have to be made of stone to resist the most eligible bachelor in Pine Ridge and all his small-town charm….

Denny Torres needs a break. After a series of embarrassments on and off the field, the Adirondacks provide the perfect hideout for his new, quiet, post-football life. The fresh mountain air is a welcome balm for his soul, but what’s even more soothing? The sexy, sweet touch of fellow Pine Ridge newcomer Bethany Jones. If only she planned to stay….

Bee does not have time for a hunky former athlete–no matter how good he looks shirtless. Her artistic ambitions are in ruins, her brother is a disaster, and while Pine Ridge has its charms, the small town is nothing more than a pit stop on her way to getting back on track. Bee’s just going to ignore the fact that when Denny offers her the chance to channel her creative energy into redesigning his house, she finds herself building the home–and the life–of her dreams.

With their time together coming to an end, Denny will have to move quickly to prove he can be the man Bee needs. Who better than a defensive back to knock down those walls?

When I started reading this book, I didn’t realize that it was the third and last book in the Forever Adirondacks series- I’m going to have to catch up and read books one and two now! I say that because it doesn’t really matter which order you read these books in- you won’t be lost or confused, which is really nice. Now, let’s talk about Bold Love. I really liked the whole idea of Bee coming in and furnishing Denny’s house for him- it was a little sad that he had to get it done because he didn’t want his parents to look down on him/be disappointed in him, but at the same time, it also made sense. I love how Lauren Accardo wrote her characters in general- they were super relatable and compelling and I really liked Bee in general. As someone who jumps to help others, I loved seeing her grow and learn how to set boundaries. Also, in general, her growth in all aspects of her life were great to see (especially her career, because her job seems so cool). I didn’t like Denny as much as I liked Bee, but I thought that he was able to pull the right parts out of her and he also grew throughout the book, which was nice to see. I liked seeing be able to work through some things and be able to go and volunteer with the local high school football team- it doesn’t seem like a lot, but throughout the book, you could see how hard it was for him and how inadequate it made him feel. In terms of pacing and plot, I thought that the pacing was good and the plot, while slightly predictable, was good. I really enjoyed Bold Love and I can’t wait for all of y’all to read it too!

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