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The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .
Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.
The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .
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I’m a huge fan of Lia Riley and when she announced a new series, I may or may not have done a happy dance. There’s something about her writing and her characters that I adore, and I knew I was in for a treat from the very first page of It Happened on Love Street. It’s very much a signature Lia Riley book, and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Lia Riley’s characters are always charming and endearing, and nothing is different here. Pepper has just moved to a small town in Georgia only to discover that her position has been muddled with, so somehow she finds herself walking dogs. The only problem is that she’s afraid of dogs (I may have gasped a little when she first mentioned it!). I liked Pepper a lot. She’s a sweetheart and so completely loyal to her baby sister. Her confusion about what to do with her life rang very true to me. She really finds herself in It Happened on Love Street and though it takes her some time, she finally learns how to put herself first from time to time. Her love interest, Rhett, completely swept me off my feet. He’s a vet (can you say swoony??), a gentleman and truly a very appealing hero. He also happens to wear glasses, which oof, I find unbearably attractive.
The romance between the two was another aspect I liked a lot about It Happened on Love Street. The two of them shared a potent chemistry, and I loved watching the two slowly get together and connect on an emotional level. Their romance was the perfect combination of sweet, cuddly and sexy, which Lia Riley sure knows how to do well. I do admit that I would have liked to see more scenes of Rhett and Pepper together. There were times I felt like they were secondary to the rest of the plot, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment all that much because the two of them were so good together. Besides the romance, I also liked the small-town setting. There are plenty of nosy neighbors, drama and hilarity that ensued in Everland. Not to forget, I also loved how many puppies were featured here. Honestly, any time a book has dogs in them, I’m easily a goner.
It Happened on Love Street was a delightful romance that had me smiling and laughing all throughout. I’m excited that Lia Riley is back with a new series. If you haven’t read her books yet, I highly recommend them, especially if you’re a fan of contemporary romance.