Review: The River In Spring

Posted December 22, 2021 by pitterpatterreviews in Book Review / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: The River In SpringThe River In Spring by Leslie Pike
Series: Lyon Family #3
Published by Leslie Pike on June 28th 2021
Genres: Romance
Pages: 222
Format: Paperback
Source: Romance Revel Box
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three-half-stars

From USA Today Bestselling author Leslie Pike brings you a standalone romance that’s heart-warming, steamy, and laugh out loud funny.

Falling out of a tree at the feet of a naked woman is not Nobel Lyon’s usual MO.
He’s more the Invisible Man type. A name given to him in childhood. The observer. The logical thinker. A man who loves solitude.

When he sees the sexy mountain woman fishing on his property, other impulses take over. The ones that want a better look. What can it hurt?

There are people who live every moment to the fullest and Dove Solomon is one of them. She can hook a line, gut a fish, and pitch a tent. She also sings like a fallen angel.

The handsome man that just dropped into her life intrigues her in a way no one else has. He’s an introvert, she’s an extrovert. But there’s no denying how drawn they are to each other.

Two people destined by fate to be together, no matter how different they are. The one thing they can agree on? Opposites attract.

This was a good, quick read with little angst.

Let me start by saying the first chapter of this book had me scared. Nobel initially seemed like a predator, hiding in a tree to catch a glimpse of a woman. Some of his inner monologue was creepy at best, so going into this book I did not have high hopes.

Thankfully, after that rough first chapter things settled down and we were able to get to know Nobel. As it turns out, he’s a pretty stand up guy. Maybe a bit set in his ways and stubborn, but he does seem to mean well and treats Dove like gold.

Dove is quite the opposite. She’s carefree and down to try anything. It doesn’t seem like the two would make a good pair but as it turns out, they balance each other out very well. Dove gets Nobel to come out of his shell a bit while Novel grounds Dove and really has her thinking of the future.

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty:

The Good: I enjoyed reading the relationship between Dove and Nobel develop. It was easy and with little conflict and I really loved how Dove just seamlessly melded into Nobel’s life, from parties with the family to little things like giving Maudie her treats. It was surprisingly domestic, which I wasn’t expecting from the description of the book. Domestic may not be the best word for it, but it was very simple, in a good way. It was comforting to read about them just hanging out at Nobel’s house rather than have conflict after conflict thrown at them. While I don’t mind a book like that, sometimes you just need something that meshes easily like Dove and Nobel.

The Bad: There were a lot of characters. It was a little tough to keep track of them all. Now, I understand this book is part of a series but wow. There are so many of them. I also wasn’t too fond of how Montana’s big break came without much build up. There was a moment where Nobel was worried that Montana would make it big and convinced himself they wouldn’t, but not much more beyond that. The agent called Dove out of the blue (or so it seemed) and everything went down. I guess I just like a little more backstory with what inevitably becomes the main conflict.

The Ugly: ***SPOILERS*** Maudie dying. Look, I get it. She was an old dog and if she hadn’t died then Nobel wouldn’t have been able to go on tour with Montana. Plot device. Got it. But I have zero tolerance for animals dying in books, movies, TV shows, the nightly news. None of it. Don’t kill the dog. It took everything in me to not rate this book a 1 just because of that. Seriously, zero tolerance here. I went ahead and instead deducted half a star off my rating to be fair. The rest of the book was good, so I didn’t want to judge an ENTIRE book off of two chapters, as tempting as it was.

Overall, this was an entertaining read. Quick, with a bit of everything mixed in. If you’re looking for a mostly drama free romance book, here you go.

three-half-stars

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