A Place to Belong An Opposites Attract Romance (Blue Collar Romance Book 2),
by Alexa Rivers
Publication: September 10, 2021
From Alexa Rivers comes an opposites attract romance packed with humor, emotion, and a sizzling happily ever after.
Horror author Felicity Bell moves to the charming town of Oak Bend after being shunned from the last place she called home. When she walks in the door of her new rental, she doesn’t expect to find a half-naked man standing in her kitchen. There’s just one problem: Wyatt Dawson seems to think it’s his kitchen. Misunderstandings aside, her new neighbor is lumberjack hot, and his grumpiness only makes her more determined to bring a little joy to his life, even if he’d rather be left alone.
Burned by his past, Wyatt isn’t about to let the cheerful free spirit next door into his heart only for her to crush him when she flits out of town again. But with his well-meaning, matchmaking, mother on the case, these two end up spending far too much time together and things between the unlikely pair quickly heat up. It may be true what they say—opposites do attract, but only if their relationship can survive Wyatt’s interfering ex-girlfriend and Felicity’s fear of history repeating itself.
A Place to Belong is part of the Blue Collar Romance series, a multi-author series of standalone novels. Welcome to Oak Bend, where blue-collar hotties work hard and love even harder, especially when it comes to landing their happily ever after.
Welcome to my review for the release tour of Alexa Rivers’ A Place to Belong! This is the second in the Blue Collar Romance series and is about horror writer Felicity and brick mason Wyatt. Felicity has moved around her entire life, always running at the sight of unpleasantness, but has recently moved to the quaint small town of Oak Bend where, of course, she lives right next door to Wyatt. He wants nothing to do with Felicity or any relationship after being cheated on by his ex, but Felicity keeps inserting herself into his life with hopes of helping him find happiness.
Fans of small-town books will love A Place to Belong because it is an idyllic small town with a diner, coffee shop, town square, and nosy/meddling residents. Everyone knows everyone else’s business, but these are also the people that will drop everything to help out a neighbor. Felicity appears to fit right in with her constant flow of sunshine and happiness, quite the opposite of Wyatt’s constant moodiness, but the reader quickly learns about Felicity’s fears and insecurities, as well as, Wyatt’s. As far as their sexy scenes these characters had amazing chemistry and I also loved how the author wrote the scenes, making them swoon-worthy yet realistic all at once. But out of the bedroom, I just wasn’t convinced.
Which brings me to my criticism…
I was not crazy about how the author developed Felicity and Wyatt’s relationship because it felt as if she bugged him and bugged him until he finally decided, “what the hell, I’ll kiss her and see if I like it.” Both characters had numerous internal conflicts going on at once, but it just seemed that Felicity put all of the effort into the relationship while all Wyatt did is constantly freak out about her moving away.
A Place to Belong has an incredible setting and a wonderful cast of characters. I did enjoy this novel overall, just struggled with some things with the main character. I look forward to the next in this series!
*Thanks to Indie Pen PR for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.