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"I was her first, and if I have my way, I’ll be her last. Her forever."
Both Carter and Ashley are portrayed so well and easy to relate to being flawed, imperfect people like the rest of us. High school sweethearts who were casualties of a family feud, hearts were broken and clearly never repaired. Told from Carter's POV, we're taken along for the ride as Whidbey's gorgeous resident goat herder decides to win back his true love's heart—no mean feat when Ashley has erected huge walls around it thanks to island gossip.
"F*** expectations and other people putting their issues on me. I’m imperfect, Carter. I mess up. I won’t apologize to you or to anyone for being me. I deserve to be happy on my terms, not anyone else’s definition of happiness."
And it's that attitude and outlook that had me loving Ashley. She's exactly my type of woman; owning her actions and unapologetic for the choices she makes or for being the woman she is. She puts the straight in straight talking yet as she lets Carter in, we do see her softer side. And with a perfect chemistry between them that has an easy, slow burn which brings depth and gives you the chance to get to know them whilst at the same time building sexual tension, when they're reacquainted between the sheets it's worth the wait.
"You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve seen. Always have been. Always will be."
Overall this was an absolute pleasure to read and reinforced the fact that I really need to rewind and reacquaint myself with the earlier books in the Wingmen series: after reading Small Town Scandal and Better Love, I've quickly grown to love Whidbey Island and it's residents. Whether you've read them yourself or not, this is most definitely one to grab.
My coworkers have horns and horizontal pupils. At least they don’t take long smoke breaks or spend their paychecks on beer. Unlike my business partner.
As I kid I compared her to Ariel the Little Mermaid with her long red hair and asked if she ever wore a shell bra. The kick to my shins proved she had legs like a girl and not a mermaid’s tail.
My grandma saw me wearing shorts and called me a Lolita. Whatever that means. Said she’d pray for the wickedness to leave my body to make room for Jesus.
Do you ever look at old people and try to see their younger versions? Like reversing a film? … No, someday you’re going to be an old man in thick-soled sneakers and a cardigan. Probably a jaunty cap on your head and a cane you like to twirl. You’ll always be you. I bet the little widows will chase you around and get into catfights over who will bring you your favorite pudding. Good thing you’ll have the cane to beat them back. Except for the ladies on the motorized scooters. Watch out. You won’t be able to outrun those frisky girls.
I adored this refreshing and smartly written tale from beginning to end. The writing sparkled with cleverly dealt levity and crisp visuals; I wore a near-constant smirk while reading. This was my first experience reading Daisy Prescott and although the book was touted as a stand-alone volume in a series, I have a strong desire to go backward and read each installment as well as all other books penned by this talented scribe. I savored her snarky humor, colorful insights, and clever observations. The witty banter and quips tossed off by these quirky and adorable characters were record book worthy. And who could not love a story with baby goats, in pajamas? I mean really? Daisy Prescott is a comedic genius with mad skills. I want to be her when I grow up.
Ashley and Carter's story will bring you all the charm and the annoyance that a small town can give. And don't forget the goats! Love the goats!
I was provided a copy for review purposes.
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There is that smart humor that I simply adore sprinkled throughout this book. I was swooning at a heartfelt sentiment Carter conveyed one minute and then chuckling out loud at the one-liner he'd undoubtedly come up with next. His thoughts were the perfect counterbalance to Ashley's POV, which was often filled with self doubt and fierce comebacks to those on Whidbey Island who didn't always have the best opinion of her. But I really liked her spirit. Her determination to live her life the way she wanted, no matter what others may think of her. She is one tough cookie and is as fiery as her red hair. Getting inside her head a bit softened my opinion of her and how she handled things with Tom a few years back.
This is such a charming story and I loved how effortlessly the words flowed. However, there are also some difficult moments from Carter's and Ashley's past that rear its ugly head and threaten a possible present and future. But when they are together, nothing can seemingly stop the love that has clearly been fated for both of them since they were young. Carter and Ashley have a chemistry that is undeniable and there was plenty of steam between them to prove it. Nothing and no one will get in the way this time around, or so they hope. But with the help from so many beloved characters we've all come to cherish from previous books in the series, these two get the much needed push in the right direction.
There is something very special about this Wingmen story. I felt as if the author upped her game a bit and beautifully combined her signature wit with a sincerely tender second-chance romance that brought tears to my eyes more than once. Add to that a herd of adorable goats who steal the show more than once and you have one heck of a wonderful read.
A clear winner and exceptional addition to this series, Small Town Scandal is a 5 star must read perfect for a summer day.
"Some things we grip so tight for so long we don't know how to stop. Even if it's an anchor, holding us back or dragging us down."
This was one of my favorite quotes from the story, and one that reflects the tension in the plot very well. At the beginning of the story, we learn that Carter and Ashley are both too weighed down by their past to move forward in a happy, love-fulfilling way. This fabulous story is about their ability to slowly free themselves of misconceptions and come to terms with some painful memories...to eventually move forward in a way they both can find happiness. I really enjoyed getting to know this couple, but I was most touched by the discovery of Ashley's backstory, and I believe many women reading this novel will also feel a kindred kind of empathy for what her history holds. As woman, we often suffer severely harsh, misogynistic attitudes aimed towards the decisions we make in life, whereas the men are looked more kindly upon when they make those same decisions. The double standard is sickening, and Daisy Prescott makes some pretty compelling twists and turns in the plot regarding the way Ashley's past (her own and that of her family) ruthlessly chokes her within the framework of the small town/island life she continues to live in. It's a really moving story-line, and I loved how this author tackles the topics that come up and how this couple moves forward.
I definitely recommend this book and all of Daisy Prescott's work!
Small Town Scandal is written in male POV, and Ms. Prescott excels at this storytelling feature, but this book is just as much the hero's as it is the heroine's. On the surface, Carter seems like a cocky self-assured guy with no worries, yet underneath that exterior, lies a man with a heart of gold who sacrifices for his family. At a first glance, Ashley is seen as the island Jezebel, but she's a smart, career woman who owns her sexuality. Both main characters hold their vulnerabilities close - Carter doesn't feel he is good enough for Ashley and Ashley uses her sexuality as a defense mechanism to keep out emotions. These two have a lot to rediscover about one another, and Ms. Prescott has created a patient, hero who sees and excepts Ashley as she is - a passionate woman with a heart of fire.
The banter between Carter and Ashley is perfection. At first they are like are like porcupines when they are in the vicinity of each other - their quills come out ready to fight and defend, but gradually, layers are peeled away and the reader is able to see these two underneath their tough exteriors.
This is the fifth installment in Ms. Prescott's Wingmen series and all of these books take place on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington. I love how Ms. Prescott has made this island its own character in each of these books. I love settling down and taking another visit to this small-town island each time I pick up a book in this series. I enjoy seeing my favorite characters from previous books. The secondary relationships in this book are just as good as the romance. I love how close Erik and Carter are as brothers, how Dan gives out advice and how John is the peacemaker - all of these characters feel like old friends.
Even though each book in the Wingmen series are interconnected, they each can be read as a standalone book. Ms. Prescott has created a deep, character-driven romance mixed in with just the right amount of humor to keep the reader smiling - I mean who doesn't smile when the main character is a goat herder? There is just enough conflict, though, that the story never feels weighs down or contrived. It's just right. It's a beautiful love story which shows that everyone deserves a second chance at life, love and happiness. I can't wait to see who is the focus of the next book in this series!