Wednesday, August 28, 2013

{ book review:ivy entwined by laura simcox }

Title: Ivy Entwined
Author: Laura Simcox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: August 26, 2013

When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fiancé is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.

Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.

As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts.

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My Thoughts on "Ivy Entwined"

Ivy Entwined reminds me of a Hallmark movie.  The small town of Celebration, NY reminds me of Stars Hollow and who didn't want to live in Stars Hollow? 

Ivy Callahan is returns to her hometown after her father suffers a heart attack and wins the special election to replace him as mayor of Celebration.  She now has to help rebuild a town that has been crippled by the economy and it's biggest employer shutting down. 

Enter Marcus Weaver.  He lit out of town as soon as possible and is now back to fulfill the promise he made to himself when he was younger to build his own MegaMart.  He's determined to overcome trailer park/alcoholic mother upbring and prove he's successful. 

Ivy and Marcus work together and at the same time against each other to get what they want.  She's determined to revitalize the downtown area and bring Celebration back to its glory all while dodging the advances of her former ex-fiancee, who just happens to be the town planner. Marcus presents her a way to fund her project if she backs his MegaMart, which Ivy knows will suck the life out of the downtown she wants to rebuild.

What I liked

The conflict between Marcus and Ivy wasn't one that's usually seen.  Both of their ideas would bring jobs and money to an area that needed it but their motives were at odds and were willing to go around the other to succeed. The dialog between the characters made me laugh out loud at times. Dialog can make or break a book for me and I liked every bit of the characters interaction. There were several instances where I've heard Ivy's words come out of my mouth and it brings me right into the story.

What I loved

The chemistry between Marcus and Ivy was intense. Working together in close quarters brought back Ivy's teenage crush on Marcus back to life. But Ivy wasn't the shy girl anymore; she is now Marcus' equal and then some. She felt the flutters and the heat but didn't let it compromise her decisions as Mayor.  

I also loved the secondary cast of characters. From the hilarious town council to Ivy's self-proclaimed queen of gossip Gramma, each person brought something special to the story and many reminded me of people I knew in real life. 

What I didn't like

Although I understood his purpose, at times I wanted to strangle Preston. Ivy had her reasons for hiring her ex-fiancee as the town planner but he was inept as they come. I loved the way Ivy stood up to Marcus and didn't let his charm sway her but at the same time she put up with way too much of Preston's intrusions. Preston reminded me of a toddler who thinks that if he annoys his parents enough that they will give him what he wants just to shut him up. Don't call me anymore tonight means just that- don't call me!

Ivy Entwined is a sweet story with several twists and surprises that will keep you turning the pages. It's a great blend of humor and suspense that shows great promise for the author. 

About The Author

After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, with a few of those years also spent as a college instructor, Laura abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy pleather office chair at a beat up ginormous second hand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels! Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. She writes contemporary, light novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny dialogue. Still, the love story is the focus and Laura has a huge soft spot for a sappy, happy ending. She lives in North Carolina with her husband (true love is real!) and her adorable, high energy four year old son who is currently obsessed with pirates. When not playing mamma pirate, she loves hearing from readers and you can find your favorite way to say hi via the social media.


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