Title: Good Gracie
Author: Inés Saint
Series: Piper Sisters #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 11th April
Spinning Hills, Ohio, home of the third most haunted street in the state, is the perfect place for three sisters to banish the unhappy specters of their pasts—and to let romance cast its spell . . .
Gracie Piper is good at being invisible, and she likes it that way. At just seventeen, she took a very public stand against the boy who passed a revealing video of her all over school. Ever since, she’s staked her life on staying out of the limelight. But when she moves back to Spinning Hills, she comes face to face with her painful past. In the same historic building Gracie’s boss has assigned her to supervise renovating works the man who helped her find justice nine years ago, and nearly lost his own career in the process. A man who suddenly arouses feelings that make Gracie weak in the knees . . .
Josh Goodwin is sure he’s seeing a ghost when he spots Gracie in the halls of his office building. Taking her case was a professional risk that became all too personal when a bitter ex accused him of getting involved with teenage Gracie. Seeing her again is opening old wounds, and threatening brand-new ones—his campaign for County Prosecutor won’t withstand a brand-new scandal. But there’s something about sweet, gorgeous Gracie that brings out the crusader in him—and the thing he’ll fight hardest for is her love . . .
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine via NetGalley
I always enjoy taking a trip to Spinning Hills, with its tight-knit families and the café run by three interfering, eccentric but wonderful old ladies, and this was no exception. Gracie is a woman who has been through a lot and it’s taken its toll on her relationships, while Josh is a man whose pursuit of justice has left him with very little life outside of his job. Nine years ago they changed each other’s lives for the better, but at a cost, and now it seems like everything is about to change again.
I liked Gracie, and I really felt for her about her past. It was completely understandable that her emotional development was effectively shut down by what she went through as a teenager, but it does make things occasionally awkward between her and Josh. At the same time, it added a layer of sweetness to their interactions – and provided plenty of room for amusing lessons in flirting and other such teasing from her family. She’s a sweet woman, but she’s also strong and I loved how she stood up for herself when pushed far enough. I also really liked how she slowly settled back into the person she had always been before everything went wrong. She’s fun and colourful and I really wanted her to find her happiness.
Josh is a good man. He works hard and is fully aware of the advantages his privileged life have gifted him – which makes him work even harder to overcome them and help those who weren’t born so lucky. He does treat Gracie a bit too carefully at times, forgetting that she’s a woman who is more than capable of caring for herself, but I did like how they worked through their issues and finally saw each other for who they really were. Admittedly, some of these issues get resolved a bit quick, especially towards the end, where the steady pace is swiftly accelerated in a way that I found a little rushed after such a long build up.
This is mostly because of the mystery plot, which bubbles quietly away in the background for most of the book before making itself fully known towards the end. It was useful because of the way it kept giving Josh and Gracie reasons to talk and defend each other, it also helped to keep things interesting.
Not nearly as interesting as Gracie family, though. I love the old women and their cheeky, caring, meddling ways, whether it be baking or breaking and entering, they are always entertaining. I like Gracie’s sisters too and it was great to see more of Alex from the last book.
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed this. I love the setting of Spinning Hills and the unusual characters that inhabit the place, and it was great to see Gracie finally find the healing she deserved. I can’t wait to read Hope’s story, even though I fear it might be a real heart breaker.
Good Gracie is out April 11th.
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