Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Tour: Must Like Spinach by Con Riley #Review #Giveaway


Con Riley - Must Like Spinach

Author: Con Riley

Release Date: October 21 2016

Length: 84,200 words

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 


Jon’s future in New York should be bright. He’s on the corporate fast track as an executive problem solver, yet he can’t help feeling hollow. Yearning for a life spent outdoors makes no sense if he wants to flourish in this city, nor does losing his cool with clients when they make bad decisions. Only leaving the East Coast behind for three months can save his business reputation.

His exile in Seattle has unexpected upsides. Jon’s rented home has a garden where his true passions blossom. It’s overgrown yet idyllic—perfect if he didn’t have to share it with another tenant. Tyler might be as cute as hell, and their landlady adores him, but Jon can’t let himself fall for someone who seems lazy.

Three months could be enough time to see Tyler clearly, but choosing which to nurture long-term—love or a business career—might take Jon longer than one summer. 


I really had no idea what to expect when I picked up Must Like Spinach by Con Riley. The blurb of course caught my attention and then with that title? Well, I knew it was definitely something I was going to want to check out. Besides a new Con Riley? Yeah, I put this book on my TBR right away. And boy am I so happy I did! What I got was a gorgeous story of self discovery, of family and love, of finding the thing in your life that fills you with passion and joy. Must Like Spinach is a low-angst, super romantic book that will make your heart full in all the best ways. 

Jonathan Fournier has been sent to Seattle to lick his wounds and regroup after making a horrible mistake at his high profile corporate job as a consultant. He knows he's on thin ice and needs to make the best out of the next three months but a part of him is so happy to escape New York City ... especially when he sees an ad for a place to rent that just so happens to have the most intriguing looking garden. He's long buried his love of digging in the dirt and watching things grow but from the first moment he sees the wild garden at Peggy's not so appealing apartment for rent, he feels a pull that he just can't ignore. Too bad there's another tenant there that just rubs Jonathan the wrong way. A few misunderstandings and Tyler and Jon have definitely gotten off to the wrong foot. It doesn't take too long, and with a bit of meddling from the supremely lovable Peggy, for Jon and Tyler to realize they're both dealing with a bit of judging a book by the cover. 

There is much to love in Must Like Spinach. It's gorgeously written, with a pace that flows effortlessly. A cast of characters that are well developed and so likable. A love story that is sweet and tender and oh so very romantic. This isn't a book filled with steamy love scenes, but there's an intimacy present that is full of passion and deep connection. Jonathan's growth is so fulfilling to watch and the way Con Riley weaves gardening references into her prose is just beautiful. Tyler, though not quite as fleshed out as Jonathan is delightful. He's strong and sweet and sexy. These two together were really just fabulous. The story within the story that takes place at Hallquist Acquisitions took me a bit to get into and too see the purpose of, but once I did, it fits so well. 

I really, really enjoyed Must Like Spinach. Everything about it was like a breath of fresh air. This is a story about finding your place, your passion, and yourself. Make sure you pick this one up people, you don't want to miss it!

Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.

When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don't disturb herósheís probably thinking up new plots.

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