I received this book via the author Miranda Liasson. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.The Sweetheart Fix by Miranda Liasson
Series: Blossom Glen #2
Published by Entangled: Amara on 2022-11-29
Length: 285 pages
Reviewing eARC from the author Miranda Liasson
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2022, 2022 New Release Challenge
Juliet Montgomery absolutely loves her small town of Blossom Glen, Indiana, and everyone loves her. Except for the fact that she’s a couples counselor who suffered a very public breakup that no one can forget. And now her boss asks her to take a step back…which is exactly when the town’s good-lookin’ and unusually gruff mayor offers her an unexpected job.
Jack Monroe absolutely loves being the mayor of his small town. Except when he actually has to talk to people. Can’t he just fix the community problems in peace? Like right now, he’s mediating the silliest dispute two neighbors could possibly have. When the town sweetheart steps up and solves everyone’s problems in five minutes flat, Jack realizes what this town really needs…is a therapist.
Juliet is able to soothe anyone—other than the surly mayor, it seems. But there’s a reason they say opposites attract, because all of their verbal sparring leads to some serious attraction. Only, just like with fireworks, the view might appear beautiful—but she’s already had one public explosion that’s nearly ruined everything…how can she risk her heart again?
Each book in the Blossom Glen series is STANDALONE:
* The Sweetheart Deal
* The Sweetheart Fix
The Sweetheart Fix by Miranda Liasson is a heart-warming contemporary romance about a relationship counselor who is bad at relationships and a small town mayor who is allergic to feelings. Liasson’s writing is like sinking into your favorite treat: sweet and satisfying. The nature of Juliet’s and Jack’s unlikely friendship is relatable to real life, and how that relationship grows is the best part of the story. Returning to Blossom Glen is exactly what I needed to pick me up out of my book funk.
Juliet is the middle of the three Montgomery sisters who we first met in The Sweetheart Deal nursing a broken heart after a failed almost-engagement. A year later, Juliet has completed her master’s program and returned to Blossom Glen as a relationship counselor. Seemingly everything is perfect, exactly how Juliet dreamed, but her clients distrust her after three failed engagements, and her boss has ordered time off to deal with her own feelings about the situation. Then fate steps in.
Jack Monroe is the mayor of Blossom Glen, passionate about his small town but not a good communicator. As a result, Jack has a hard time settling small disputes and relating to the people of the town he loves so much. When Juliet happens to crash one of his town meetings and resolves a couple of conflicts with ease, Jack offers her a job as the town counselor. She will help him solve disputes and communicate with the townspeople which will in turn give her the confidence she needs to go back to her dream job and succeed.
The two together couldn’t be more opposite! Jack is a no-nonsense kind of guy that doesn’t talk about his feelings ever. Juliet wears her emotions on her sleeve, and it is her job to discuss the things no one wants to talk about. Somehow the two complement each other really well. I love the tentative friendship that blossoms between them. The attraction is almost instant so it was nice to see the author focus on building their trust and open communication before any physical involvement.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Sweetheart Fix. Jack and Juliet are easy to root for. The town itself is a main character this time as well. I love Blossom Glen, and its townspeople. They add levity to the story and help to fully flesh out the characters. Highly recommend this one for those that enjoy friends to lovers trope and small town romance.