Monday, December 15, 2014

Nothing Rough about Rachael Anderson's Newest Book!

What a treat to read!

I'm so excited that I had the opportunity to read Rachel Anderson's newest book, Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined. It's the second in a series, though it's about a peripheral character from the first book, so I think you could start with this one. (That being said, I loved the first one too, so why not read both, right? I reviewed the first book Pride Meets Prejudice here.) As much as I loved the first book, I think I loved this one even more.

Here's the book description:

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It’s about learning that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.

My Review:

Rachel's books are so fun to read! Her flawless style and entertaining prose draw you right in and make the main characters some of your newest best friends. Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined is super cute with romance sweet enough to melt your heart and want to cheer on Cassie and Noah. The renovation made me happy (especially since the book I am currently writing is also a romance with home renovation), I thought the bit about the ice cream was cute, and I adored the song lyrics. And doesn't it have the most adorable cover? Basically, if you couldn't you tell, I loved this book! So much so, that I nominated it for a Whitney Award this year and I hope she gets enough votes by December 31 to get on the list!

So with all that, I can't wait to read the next one--Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity. How much longer do I have to wait?

Here's an Except, and You'll See Why I Loved Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined:

Carpet samples were way too small. How was Cassie supposed to know what an entire room would look like from a small little swatch? There were too many choices. Nylon or polyester? Plush, frieze, textured, or cut? Not to mention all the color options. And then there was the tile for the bathroom and the complicated dance flooring, with its subfloor and all of its choices.
She felt a headache coming on.
“How will I ever make up my mind?” Cassie whispered to Noah.
“It’s called trusting your instincts.”
“Instincts? I’m supposed to have an instinct about carpet samples?”
“Doesn’t everyone?” Noah grinned. “Isn’t one calling out to you? Telling you that it’s the one you’ll be able to coexist with for the next ten to fifteen years?”
Ten to fifteen years? Noah wasn’t helping at all. Cassie frowned at the samples, willing one to shake or glow or whatever carpet samples did to call out to a person.
“Which one would you choose?” she finally said.
“Uh-uh. This is your house, your carpet, your choice. I’m just here as a friend, remember?”
A friend who was sitting way too close for comfort, Cassie thought as the touch of his shoulder sent a bunch of tingles down her arm. “Friends are allowed to give opinions.”
“No. Only dates are allowed to do that,” said Noah. “If you really want my opinion, you know what you have to do.”
Despite her distress about all the decisions facing her, Cassie couldn’t help but smile. “Okay, fine. It’s a date. Now if you were me, what would you choose?”
Noah blinked as he shook his head. “Wow, that was easy. I should have gone for more. Like a kiss or boyfriend status or—”
She nudged him. “Stop it. I need you to help me, not tease me.”

“I wasn’t teasing,” he murmured, pulling the samples toward him.

Author Rachael Anderson:

USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined is available in eBook and Paperback

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