Saturday 12 July 2014

The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin - Book Review
From the Blurb:

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

The Review:

Sarah Smith has been living her life, traveling to faraway places and falling in love with handsome men on a daily basis, but all through the books that line her little shop in the small town of Ashford. That’s until Ridge walks into her shop, built like a Harlequin hero and with the banter to match. But Ridge is a big city journalist, and Sarah doesn’t trust his motives.

So. I freaking loved this book. I laughed. I cried. And all in the space of the few hours it took for me to fall in love with Sarah, Ridge and the little town of Ashford. Although short in length, The Bookshop on the Corner is full of all the good things. I was swept away by the colorful cast of characters, delicious romance, the emotional turmoil, and especially Rebecca Raisin’s wicked sense of humor.

This is very much a small town, sweet romance. There’s no sex, but all the sexual tension. It also contains some of the funniest lines I’ve ever read. I absolutely killed myself laughing, for example, when Sarah fell onto Ridge, only to have the following thought:

“Do not lick the man crease — you do not need to taste it.”

^^Officially my favorite line of 2014.

Sarah is my book-soul-sister. I think many readers will relate to her. She’s a bit of a Catherine Morland – lost in her book world and completely unaware that her own adventure is just about to begin. She has a special relationship with the patrons of her shop, understanding the way books can touch people’s hearts, but as her friends keep reminding her, she has to learn to look outside her books… especially if a romance hero turns up on her doorstep.

Ridge might be a big city guy, but his sweetness separates him from the pack of the many traditional heroes no doubt lining Sarah’s own bookshelves at home. He falls for Sarah right from the beginning and makes it his mission to win her over. Perhaps some people might find him a little too perfect. But I don’t think so. I love him. Plus, he’s sexy as hell (as evidenced by the mentioned “man crease” above!).

If you’re looking for a romance that’s going to make you flat out happy in book love, The Bookshop on the Corner is for you. It’s the first of the Gingerbread Café series that I’ve read, but I’m definitely going back for more!

The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin is a contemporary romance novella, published by Carina on June 17, 2014 and available from Amazon and Amazon AUS.