Review: Five Things I Love About You

cover-five things I loveTitle: Five Things I Love About You
Author: Sarah Ballance
Series: Chase Brothers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Available: August 17th

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 Five things to love about NYC. But she only needs one…

California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother’s New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It’s only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?

Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn’t Crosby Chase’s finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she’ll love about New York.

Falling in love wasn’t part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn’t need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.

He needs one big reason to make her stay…


Source: ARC from Entangled Lovestruck via NetGalley

This book was fun and light and sexy and fluffy in the best possible way. I could feel myself relaxing as I read it. As someone who doesn’t last well in cities, I could completely see why Estelle wasn’t looking forward to spending two weeks in New York. Especially considering her first attempt at buying groceries, which doesn’t go exactly well. However, her attitude towards city-living is a bit extreme at times – making it all the more fun when Crosby tries to change her mind, of course.

The relationship between the two of them is really cute. Crosby’s a workaholic who believes, as the oldest son, that he’s solely responsible for keeping his family business afloat. He has four adult brothers, not to mention his parents are both still living and involved in the business, but he feels the responsibility is his alone to keep his grandfather’s dream alive. He’s a really sweet guy, if a little burdened by his own unrealistic expectations.

However, when his path crosses Estelle’s he swiftly learns that there’s more to life than work. I loved how these two got along, how Estelle was suspicious of him at first and Crosby did everything possible to put her mind at rest. Then the way he tries to convince her that cities – and specifically New York – aren’t all that bad. I really enjoyed these scenes, but they were sadly few and far between in this quick read. I liked the stuff with Crosby’s family too and the chemistry was scorching, but everything felt a little glossed over towards the end as the story swiftly runs out.

That issue aside, though, this was great fun and I really enjoyed it. Hell Cat was probably my favourite thing and kept me amused throughout, but I also liked how neither just assumed that the other person would simply give up their life for them. They both have important reasons to love and stay in their homes and I appreciated that they both understood each other’s motives without anyone being belittled in any way.

If you’re looking for something short, cute and with plenty of heat in the romance, then you should try this. I can’t wait to see how things develop with the Chase brothers next.


Five Things I Love About You is out August 17th!
Visit Sarah Ballance for more details.

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