Serendipityby Stacey Bentley
When life hands Phoebe Andrews her dream job, she's ecstatic. That is, until she realizes that in order to pursue her dream she'll have to give up her cosmopolitan lifestyle in Chicago and move to Nashville. As if leaving all she knows behind
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The saying goes that there is a fine line between love and hate...but what happens when the line becomes blurred?
When life hands Phoebe Andrews her dream job, she's ecstatic. That is, until she realizes that in order to pursue her dream she'll have to give up her cosmopolitan lifestyle in Chicago and move to Nashville. As if leaving all she knows behind wasn't enough, a car accident on her first day in town does nothing to convince the city girl that country living is all it's cracked up to be.
As an only child, Dean Montgomery has obligations--obligations which have left him angry at the world. Just as his monotone life has begun to leave him jaded, he is brought back to earth with a bang...literally.
Fate conspires to bring the city girl and the country boy together, but can Dean stay out of trouble long enough for the pair to test the boundaries of their tempestuous relationship?
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A Chicago cutie's job promotion takes her to Nashville where, tooling down a country road, she collides with a pickup. Dean, a farmer struggling to find his place in the family business, is at first put off by Phoebe's snooty attitude. But when she spends a week under his mother's care, mutual attraction begins to outweigh cultural differences. Stacey Bentley does a good job with Phoebe, who's just annoying enough to add spark to the story. Her high-and-mighty antics are clearly a shell, a way to get along in a world that hasn't been completely kind to her and her widowed mom. Dean's parents are also great characters. His mother is funny and lovable. His father has a lot of warmth under his gruff exterior. The farm itself is given enough detail to make the reader feel present during the story. Dean is a problem. He comes off as much younger than he is and something of a jerk. There's definite chemistry between him and Phoebe, but he's so whiny and immature, the attraction flickers on and off. Sort of like his sexual arrangement with a female friend. That he's not bright enough to stay away from this woman once he's developed feelings (and begun a "kind of" relationship with) Phoebe fatally blemishes the book for me. I also can't understand why Bentley, after putting her readers through the "friends with benefits" trauma, doesn't give them the satisfaction of seeing Dean and Phoebe come together. We don't see their first time. In fact, the whole final section of the book is both too fast and too dragged out. How can this be? In place of a simple coming together of two people and, maybe, a neat epilogue, we get years of their relationship in several rushed chapters. It's as if Bentley was in a hurry to get the book done. In the end I was left unsatisfied and annoyed. Why then the four stars? Because the first two-thirds was THAT good. I only wish Bentley had taken as much time and care with the final section.
WOW! I won this book in a blog tour if I remember correctly and joked that it was of course meant to be. First I must say I am in no way related to the author, second you must read this book. There aren't enough nice things to say about it. Phoebe was an awesome character to come to love, in fact almost from the beginning. I had my doubts when she didn't like country music, but that was easily forgivable because she had a witty smart mouthed sense of humor. Dean was a little harder to love because he came off being such a jerk and just as I knew I could love him too he went and became the jerk to end all jerks. Thankfully he saw the light right away and began winning Phoebe back in no time. I will definitely be purchasing any and all future books by Stacey Bentley she proved in one shot to me that she has talent as an author!
I really liked this book. Its a great read and i always love a HEA.. Wish i had my own Dean...
Serendipity was a light, easy read for me. The characters were likable and the story was sweet. I had just finished some pretty heavy books, so this was just what I needed. It's been Phoebe and her mother for years, but when she has a job opportunity in Nashville, she can't pass it up. Her mom decided to stay in Chicago and Phoebe sets off to explore her new life in Nashville. Of course, moving is never easy. On her first night there, she gets into a car accident. The other driver is a sexy, yet annoying cowboy named Dean. After a short trip to the hospital, Dean's family takes Phoebe under their wings while she recovers from her accident. What do you think happens next? Well, despite the fact that Phoebe and Dean can't stand each other, they can't deny their attraction. Slowly, they give in to their feelings. Sure there was lots of flirting, but they also became friends. Not only did they start to bond, but Phoebe became closer to Dean's family. She misses her mom, so having his parents around to give her attention and affection was good for her. Of course, Dean has never had that kind of relationship with them, so he's curious to know what has them so captivated. Ultimately, they do get together and I was happy about that. Phoebe can be really stubborn, but I did like her and appreciated that she wasn't willing to just jump into a relationship with Dean. Their relationship took time to grow. I liked seeing how their love grew over a long period of time. It wasn't insta-love. What didn't work for me was the fact that she went to stay with these people she just met. Granted, she didn't know anyone in town and she did need supervision. I guess I just thought that was odd. I'm such a paranoid person, that I would never do something like that. This wasn't a killer for me, it just bugged me a bit. Overall, it was slightly underwhelming, but I did like it. I read it quickly and it did help me decompress a bit from some other heavy reads. If you're looking for a sweet story that proves fate has a hand in love...check this one out! Favorite quote: ~Rule #1: Only pursue men above thirty (I like my men older and it insures that they know how to show a woman a good time. Well, most of the time). Rule #2: Only go home with a man that isn't expecting more. This is key, being on the same page is a must. There's nothing worse than a clingy guy that after one night of great sex and having them think you're 'the one'. Rule #3: Never stay the night. Staying the night with someone seems far too intimate. I make sure the guy I'm with know this as well.-Loc 88