Book Reviews

Book Review: Swoon by CM Foss

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Swoon is about Steph and Lawrence, a pair who are wildly attracted to one another.

“Swoon. Gulp. Swulp?”

They flirt, they joke around, and they really seem to get each other, so you’ll find yourself rooting for them to be together. But Foss doesn’t make it that easy. Instead she throws in all sorts of issues related to timing, emotional baggage and life in general, making it a realistic account of how it sometimes takes a person a long time to finally end up with that special someone she should have been with all along.

Things I love about this book:

1) There’s zero instalove. Steph’s best friend marries Lawrence’s best friend, so they’ve known each other for a while. They’ve hung out with each other. They like each other. Heck, they’ve even hooked up before. But at no point do things just click, and BOOM, happily ever after. It’s a slow process of increasing attraction and admiration with many ups and downs.

2) There’s a role reversal, which is atypical of most romance novels that include someone who flakes out about commitment. Usually it’s the guy, but in this story, Steph is the one who’s hesitant. I really like this because men are generally stereotyped as being commitment-phobes.

3) The ending made me smile. It was perfect.

“I fell for you years ago, and I’ve never really gotten back up.”

Swoon is the second book I’ve read by CM Foss and it won’t be the last. I love her witty humor and the way she infuses her experiences with horses and farm life into her stories. If you like HEAs and strong, independent heroines you need to check out her books!



Book Reviews

Book Review: City Beautiful by CM Foss


City Beautiful offers a captivating mix of romance, humor and drama, and there are even a few moments that had me on the edge of my seat dying to know what was going to happen.

The first third of this book is about how Patrick (a successful young doctor) meets Ivy (a somewhat reclusive farmer/bed and breakfast owner). While Patrick is road tripping from Texas to New York, he finds himself forced to make an unintended pit stop. This is when he meets Ivy and becomes enamored by her and her slow-paced country lifestyle. During this portion of the book, I found myself thinking, “What a nice, sweet romance with a touch of sass.” I thought I knew where things were headed, but then…BOOM. A twist! That’s when my attention was really piqued.

Foss did a great job of giving each character a distinct personality. I really liked Patrick and Ivy individually, but when they were together…I loved them. The other characters were all equally as likable, even Stacy due to her entertainment value.

The writing is smooth, and the dialogue is free-flowing, realistic and often laugh-out-loud funny. The conversations between Patrick and his sister were so funny and spot-on when it comes to the way some siblings communicate. And then there were the conversations between Ivy and her best friend Emily-hilarious! I never once had the urge to skim during any of the dialogue because I didn’t want to miss one witty or sarcastic comment.

The title of this book is one of my favorites as far as meaning is concerned. It warms my heart to think about the significance of it. I look forward to reading more books by CM Foss!