Thursday, April 29, 2021

ARC Review: Coddiwomple by S.E. Harmon

From the Blurb:
As a wildlife photographer, Journey “JJ” Sutton never stays in one place too long. The world is his classroom, and he’s living his dream. His only regret is that he had to sacrifice the love of his life to do it. But as the saying goes, you can never go home again. That’s until there’s a family emergency, and he has to…well, go home again. His easy breezy lifestyle gets complicated fast. It certainly doesn’t help that his ex-fiancé has bought the house next door.

After an unstable childhood, Cameron Foster loves small-town life. He has everything he needs in his vet practice, his friends, and his animals. Despite what numerous exes seem to think, he’s not still in love with Journey. And so what if they add “benefits” to their friendship? As long as he keeps his heart out of the equation, everything should be fine.

Too bad Journey's not onboard with that plan. With summer ending, he has to convince Cameron that this is more than just a fling. This time around, he knows what he wants. He wants a second chance. He wants forever. Most of all, he wants Cameron’s heart.

Journey may have put away his passport, but things are just getting interesting.

Ky's rating:

Let's start with the title. How perfect and unique is this title! How intriguing and interesting. How fitting for the story and Journey's way of life.

The cover. The cover is amazing. It's Journey at his core.

As for the story, it's a second chance and lifelong friends to lovers romance along with some family drama and the small town way of life.

The plot unwrapped seamlessly and through the course of a summer Journey and Cameron stopped fighting their feelings and gave in to what they always wanted. The only thing that didn't go according to plan was their feelings.

Journey is a wildlife photographer, basically living with a pack on his back and his camera in his hand. He has itchy feet that take him all over the world many times over and he loves his life just the way it is. He can't stay at one place for too long, and that craving to go out there and explore, see the world and capture its beauty with his lens, is what put and end to his relationship with Cameron in the past.

Cameron, on the other hand, is happy in his small town. Being a vet is his calling and he loves what he does. He spent his early childhood forced to move all over the country with his father, so once he grew up enough he just wanted to put down roots and stay in one place.

At first, I was frustrated with all the small town meddling and Journey's family's attitude towards him, but as the story moved on, I started reading about those well meaning meddlers with a fond smile and Journey's family's disapproval became less frustrating. However, I don't think I have forgiven John quite yet for what he said to Journey when he was a teenager.

The pets in this story, hands down, stole the show! Each one more adorable than the last, they were integral to the story and offered many light and funny moments. Pets are everything!

So far, I have loved every single book I have read by S.E. Harmon. She has a way with words and her humor style is just the right kind for me. This book was no exception, I loved every word of it.

Highly recommended!

~ I read an ARC of this book. ~

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