Swap and Smell the Roses: A Romantic Comedy

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In this deliciously tender, steamy romance, a burned-out musician swaps city life for cottage country only to find that slowing down means a racing heart, thanks to the grumpy guy next door…

When Willow Moore’s lifelong dream of music stardom goes bust, she’s burned out enough to need drastic change. As in, she’s trading her Brooklyn apartment for two months in the Connecticut countryside. Soon she’s baking bread, spending Saturdays at the farmer’s market and stopping to smell the roses, but some things in her new #cottagecore life aren’t so pleasant. Like her landlord, former chef Reid Harrell. As grouchy and reserved as Willow is chatty and outgoing, Reid is an annoyingly sexy keep-out sign. If only Willow was good at staying away.

Something about Reid, a sliver of pain poking through that flinty facade, makes her wonder if they’re more alike than she thought. Reid once chased success, too, and found it—at a price. Now all he wants is to be left alone to garden, but Willow's not giving up so quick, especially when one of their heated arguments sparks an idea for a song. Her renewed creativity awakens them both, hurling them into a passionate vortex neither expects.

As the summer winds down, Willow is forced to confront her needs, wants and desires, not to mention Reid, the hardest puzzle of all to figure out. Maybe it’s time for the city girl to stop dwelling on dreams dashed and start following her heart—no matter where it might take her…

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5 reviews
Jennifer “Jen” Stevens
May 27, 2024
Swap and Smell the Roses is a spicy, OTT, grumpy-sunshine, opposites-attract, instalust with a bit of enemies-to-lovers and slow-burn, girl gets her hunk romance. Willow is a musician who is distraught after being boo'd off stage. She agrees to swap her New York apartment for her best friend, Bailey's, cottage in Connecticut. Reid is a hunky grumpy landlord in CT. He was a chef but is still grieving the loss of his dad. Willow wants to get away from city life, and Reid just wants to get away from people in general. When Willow's cottage is flooded, Reid ends up letting her stay at the main house. At times, these two are like oil and water, but then we have great chemistry along with a few laughs. The two end up doing a bit of soul searching. Can they help each other heal? I thought this was a great sweet and spicy read with a lovely happy ending. I was not really keen on Bailey or Gabe, so I am curious about their possible pairing, but I am looking forward to the next book.
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Kristen Lewendon
May 21, 2024
This book is Grumpy-Sunshine done in the best way I love to see it. Willow is bright and shiny, but her optimism has taken a serious hit. Reid’s whole life has been turned upside down in a series of abrupt events. He’s still processing and “people-ing” is the last thing he’s got space or energy for. But Willow is her own kind of Force of Nature, and she’s determined to pull the grump next door out of his shell. As they get to know one another, Reid’s horrified to discover that Willow’s given up
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Mary S
June 2, 2024
This is a grumpy/sunshine read about Willow and Reid. She is reeling from hurt in her music career and needs an escape. She heads to her best friend's cottage in the countryside of Connecticut. Reid, a chef, is overcoming the death of his father and the high stress of his job. These two meet and form an unlikely bond that builds to more. The build in this story is perfect with wonderful talks and witty banter. I love the story development and growth, as well as the characters.
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About the author

Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on '80s music and way too many readings of “Forever” by Judy Blume. Married to her real-life Jake Ryan, she has two amazing kids with epic hair, a very bratty cat, and loves getting up before dawn to write romance. With plenty of sparks.

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