Romance Books

Book Review – No More Secrets: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score

Goodreads Summary

Carter Pierce is a man who believes in signs. He just doesn’t no more secretsknow what to do with this one.

In the small town of Blue Moon Bend, where everybody is a matchmaker, Carter wants to be left alone to tend the family farm. After returning from Afghanistan with scars, his only goal is recovery. He doesn’t need any distractions, and definitely not one with silver-blonde hair and lips that beg to be kissed.

Summer Lentz is a journalist from the city sent to interview Carter and his family. She’s out of place in the small town, with her designer wardrobe and workaholic lifestyle. She asks too many questions and doesn’t take no for an answer, threatening to destroy the peace and balance that Carter has been working towards. She thwarts every attempt Carter makes to retreat back inside himself, somehow bringing him closer to being whole again.

Summer has secrets of her own, but she never planned to open up to anyone – let alone the scowling, secretive farm owner whose story she’s after. But as she gets drawn into the community, she starts to realize that she can’t stay closed off forever.  And what’s more, she doesn’t want to.  As Carter and Summer grow closer, will they be able to push past the secrets that are holding both of them back?

Rating 

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

I know I’m in the minority here, given the many 4 and 5 star reviews this book received on goodreads, but I have to stay, this book just did not do it for me.  So much so that I asked myself at least 5 times during the story why I was going to finish it.

No More Secrets is the story of Carter Pierce, hunky farmer from Blue Moon Bend, NY and Summer Lentz, magazine editor who is sent to BMB to do a story of Carter and his family farm.  I HATE insta-love, and this book was full of it.  I liked Carter – he was a cool guy, who is back from Afghanistan and dealing with some PTSD.

Summer, on the other hand, was not as likable.  She had a “secret” that she didn’t want to share with anyone, especially Carter.  Her “secret” was totally predictable and had little impact on the story.

In general, this story just didn’t flow.  Summer was supposed to spend a week on the farm (she stayed in Carter’s house – who invites a complete stranger to be their roommate), but it felt (in book time) way longer than that.  By the time the week is over, they are in love and boinking all the time.  There were a few backstories with Carter’s brothers Jax and Beckett, and a backstory with their mother, but those backstories weren’t too exciting.  The sex scenes were very “PG”.  I felt like I was reading an YA novel – it was that clean.

I don’t know that I will read the next book – but you just never know – I assume it’s about Jax, and his story with Joey was annoying me.  Really glad I borrowed this book instead of paying for it.

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