Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst
When Ethan Bishop returns to the Hudson Valley, his body and spirit are a little worse for wear. As a former Special Forces paratrooper, he saw his fair share of conflict, and he came home with wounds, inside and out. At his sisters’ B & B and farm, he can keep all his pain at a safe distance. But quiet time isn’t easy when a fiery woman explodes into his life…
It’s business—not pleasure—that brings Manhattan PR agent Mia Thrush reluctantly to the farm. Tightly wound and quick tempered, Mia clashes immediately with the brooding Ethan. Everything about him is irritating—from his lean muscles and piercing blue eyes to his scent of sweat and musk.
But as the summer unfolds and temperatures rise, Ethan and Mia discover how much they have in common: their guarded histories, an uncontrollable desire, and a passion for the future that could heal two broken hearts. But will their pasts threaten their fragile chance at a brand-new future?
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Lately, I've been trying to make progress on a goal of mine. I'd like to have all of my books on my TBR read by 2021. I don't know if that's going to happen because I have a lot, but I'd like to try. I've been using my Kindle Unlimited subscription to listen to a lot of my TBR books as audiobooks. I have a lot of Jennifer Probst's books, so I decided to start with The Start of Something Good on Audible. After finishing the book, I thought it was fairly good.
I do have to admit, I was bored with the first half of The Start of Something Good. During the first fifty percent or so of the book, I felt like not much happened. The plot was slow to start. I also didn't like the main character, Mia, at all. I thought she was a spoiled, stuck up, rich brat. In fact, the only character that I really liked from the beginning was Hei Hei. He cracked me up, and continued to do so throughout the book.
However, the second half of The Start of Something Good completely changed my opinion of the book. It redeemed the whole thing for me. I found myself really loving the book for the first time. It was full of intriguing drama that kept me wondering what was going to happen between Chloe and her friends. I also loved the humor that happened when the elderly couples were around. I remember I was sitting at Starbucks with my headphones in, finishing the book. I was trying not to laugh out loud throughout the second half of the book so people didn't think I was crazy. By then end of the book, I even loved all of the characters, including Mia.
After a slow start, I found myself really enjoying The Start of Something Good. I'm not sure if I will read the second book in the series because the book ended in a way that tied most of the story line together, other than the thing that was talked about towards the end with Ethan's sister and his best friend. If I do read it, it will be a little while due to my overwhelming TBR that I need to get through first. However, I have other Jennifer Probst books on that TBR that I plan on reading asap. I hope that her fun sense of humor continues throughout her other books.
I give The Start of Something Good: 3.5/5.
Want to know more about the author?
Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jennifer-probst
Book + Main: https://bookandmainbites.com/jenniferprobst
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.