Monday, January 23, 2023

Book Review: Come What Maybe

I cannot believe this is the last full week of January. I've been working hard at trying to set up systems and reliable notes to really keep me on track this year. Well, at least a little better and last year. You know the biggest hurdle right now? My medication list/basket. I am losing track of what I'm taking when and why. I have like 13 medications split up over three times a day and it's just a nightmare.  


Come What Maybe - Kerri Carpenter

Social media strategist Lauren Wallace plans everything. But when she returns to the charming—if not too small for comfort—town of Seaside Cove, it’s only about a second before her tough-love Grams is already on her case. So when Grams tells her not to go to that bar, Lauren decides it’s time for a temporary rebellion. Which is exactly when the trouble starts.

Grams was right. The bar was not a good plan. Because suddenly super-cute bar owner Ethan McAllister has gone from being Lauren’s (kind of) high school nemesis to a very unexpected one-night stand. And worse, Lauren’s attempts to resume her ultra-responsible life keep getting thwarted by more unwelcome spontaneity. And a pregnancy.

Now there’s a baby on the way, Lauren’s the talk of the entire town, and all her planning has gone right out the window. All that’s missing is childbirth to make her pain complete. But it’ll be nothing compared to Grams’s reaction when she finds out that Lauren broke the biggest rule of all…falling for the wrong guy.

I'm going to tell you right off the bat I am giving this one 3⭐'s, but not because it's a meh story, that isn't the case at all. When I look at the Goodreads rating, a 3 is "I liked it" and that's exactly how I feel about Come What Maybe. It is an absolutely promising beginning to the Seaside Cove series and I am all in for it. I will absolutely be reading the rest of them as they come out. Kerri Carpenter has masterfully set this series up for success. 

My biggest issues with this one is Lauren. I really didn't like Lauren and for all the times she speaks poorly of others/the town because of gossiping and judgement but she really took the take, in my opinion. I didn't like how she made assumptions of her sisters, and her Grams' reaction, and Ethan in general. I liked Ethan a lot, and I really could understand his thought process and the poor guy. He's clueless in the psyche of women and it shows! Overall Lauren was so childish that I really started rooting for Ethan to find literally anyone else. (I have to put in a plug from Grams because she is the Grams we all need.)

Alas, we do have a happy ending, it's a clean romance, the book is very fitting given the coastal Maine setting, and I really love her sisters and look forward to their stories. 

Thank you to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing a copy for review! 

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