Book Review: One Hundred Reasons

cover-one hundred reasonsTitle: One Hundred Reasons [Aspen Cove 1]

Author: Kelly Collins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 1 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Nurse Sage Nichols life changed when she lost her favorite patient and inherited a bed and breakfast in a town she didn’t know existed. She traveled to Aspen Cove intent to sell so she could hurry back to her life in Denver. Little did she know, she was about to find everything she ever needed in the tiny mountain town with a big heart. Sage found herself in a place where caring for your neighbor was a way of life. In her case, that happened to be surly Cannon Bishop, the man of her dreams.

Cannon Bishop was a man who learned long ago that hope was a dangerous thing. Closed off from the world after a family tragedy, Cannon lived a lonely life as the owner of Aspen Cove’s only bar and son to the town drunk. When Sage Nichols breezed into town, she offered the possibility of more if he’d only open his heart. Cannon’s protective walls tumble and suddenly a brighter future of healing, hope, and peace was possible… if only Sage would stay.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I thought I liked this book. I was sure of it at first. It was engaging, I liked the characters, the plot, and the writing flowed easily. Everything was going great – until the 50% mark.

I don’t know what happened. The book was moving along at an even pace… and then BOOM – the romance hit hard – and not in a pleasant way. The romance rushed head-long without a second thought. Before the main couple seemed to even consider it, the two were making out and sitting in laps and making declarations of forever.

The book became so incredibly sappy that I was genuinely grossed out. At 72% in, I tossed the book aside. I couldn’t take another paragraph of the sickeningly sweet and sappy romance.

I’m generally a fan of HEAs and sweet romances, but this one was like being force-fed frosting. It was all fluff and no substance. It didn’t feel genuine or earned. No thank you.