Small Town Hearts
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 19th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy.
Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.
And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?
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Lillie Vale, upon discovering she could not be one of Santa’s elves or attend Hogwarts, decided to become a writer to create a little magic of her own. Enjoying the romantic and eerie in equal measure, she’s probably always writing a book where the main characters kiss or kill. Born in Mumbai, she has lived in many U.S. states, and now resides in an Indiana college town where the corn whispers and no one has a clue that she is actually the long-lost caps lock queen. She can be reached on Twitter @LillieLabyrinth and Instagram @labyrinthspine. Small Town Hearts is her debut novel.
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(I received a free eARC from Xpresso and Netgalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)
Small Town Hearts By Lillie Vale
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)
Babe Vogel is excited to spend the summer vacation with her two best friends and work as a barista at the Busy Bean. But when a reckless kiss tears the three of them apart, everything falls apart, not to mention that her ex, Elodie, is back in town. Then, there’s Levi, a cute artist who spends most of his time at the coffee shop Babe works at, will she fall head over heels for him and end up breaking her vow of not dating a summer boy?
This is the first time I’m reading a book with a bisexual protagonist and I’m so happy that the LGBT+ community are getting some rep!
Fans of coffee rejoice for this book talks a lot about coffee and feels like you drinking a warm cup of coffee on a cold winter day, sure to melt your heart.
Penny and Chad were horrible friends, I was so upset and literally went WTH so many times throughout the book at Penny’s actions. Penny was constantly blaming Babe while Chad was always taking the sidelines.
Although the romance did feel a little insta-lovey at first, it developed quickly and left me in a melty gooey puddle by the end of the book. There were tons of drama that would keep you on the edge of your seat. I really liked the progression of events, drama and I really felt bad for Babe and wished she went and found better friends.
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