I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Catherine Anderson
Released: January 2nd 2018
Series: Mystic Creek #4
Published by Berkley Books
“Spring Forward didn’t manage to quite work its magic over me despite my high hopes, although I liked it I wasn’t completely charmed by it.”
~ Under the Covers
I broke one of my golden rules by reading Spring Forward; I didn’t read a series in order. Spring Forward is the fourth installment in the Mystic Creek series and I haven’t read any of the other books. I’m a little ashamed of myself; however, in my own defence I was in the mood for a bit of cute small town magic and Spring Forward had the added allure of a cheeky pet dog. For those of you who don’t mind reading out of order or are feeling like breaking the reading-in-order rules, I can confirm that I didn’t feel like I had missed out by not having read any of the previous books. There was no storyline that carries on from one book to the next, nor did their seem to be many other characters other than the one involved in the romance.
Spring Forward didn’t manage to quite work its magic over me despite my high hopes, although I liked it I wasn’t completely charmed by it. Maybe I am just not accustomed to the slow pace of a small town romance followed by a fairly anticlimactic getting together of the main couple. It was all rather lovely, with loads of cute kids and a rambunctious dog thrown in, but I just found it a bit boring. I liked the secondary romance a lot more, between the heroine’s grandfather and a lady he meets at his respite home. That romance seemed to contain more passion than the younger couple’s.
This wasn’t quite what I was after, it was a little too sedate for me in both its characters and its emotions. I will carry on looking for my ideal small town romance, which has the charm of a close knot community, but with a bit more passion and humour thrown in.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?