Head over Heels

Head over Heels

by Jennifer Dawson

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Head over Heels by Jennifer Dawson

Country and city, strapping and petite—these new neighbors have literally nothing in common. Are the fireworks crackling between them pure irritation—or something a whole lot hotter?  
With her professional reputation in tatters—and her boss in jail—Sophie Kincaid has no choice but to move to small-town Revival, Illinois, until the dust settles, where her best friends have arranged a job and a house for her. For six months, she’s pretty sure she can handle anything—even her new landlord and neighbor, Ryder Moore. A magnetic 6’4” deputy sheriff, Ryder’s good looks and habit of flirting with intent to seduce are an infuriating distraction—and, to Sophie’s alarm, an undeniable temptation.
Ryder knows Sophie’s type—entitled city girl—and it’s not one of his favorites. Add in her snarky sass and her propensity for trouble and she’s not exactly his ideal tenant. But something about the curvy little blonde fires Ryder’s imagination, not to mention his desire. Soon enough their verbal sparring seems like a prelude to something much more physical—and far more pleasurable. Is love right around the corner—or just right next door?   
Praise for Jennifer Dawson’s As Good as New
“Dawson captures the small romantic moments that make a relationship work.”
–Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Dawson doesn’t disappoint with the fourth sizzling addition to her A Something New series. . . . Readers will fly through Dawson’s latest sexy and fun novel.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420140156
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: A Something New Novel Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 375,863
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.
Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history. 
These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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No amount of spin in the world could save this situation.

Not even a public relations genius like herself could turn this disaster into gold.

Life as she knew it was over.

Sophie Kincaid watched with an odd sense of detachment as the FBI agents swarmed the downtown Chicago office of the formally prestigious multimedia ad company where she worked, digging through files and shouting orders at each other.

Calm as could be, almost as though she watched a movie, she sat on her office chair, drinking her venti Red Eye, observing the proceedings like someone else's life was being blown up. As though her life, and livelihood, weren't collapsing around her Stuart Weitzman stilettos.

In retrospect, she supposed she should have suspected something was amiss. Her boss, Walter Poole, had been erratic and paranoid lately. But she'd thought he was stressed because they were pitching a national ad campaign to American Express, and if they won the bid, it would put them in the big leagues.

How was she to know he'd turned into a raging, embezzling cokehead? He had a house in Kenilworth, a sweet beautiful wife, and four postcard-perfect kids. He even had a dog, a cute little cocker spaniel, with adorable floppy ears, that wore red and green bows in their Christmas card.

Honestly, Sophie had no idea people even did coke anymore. It seemed like a throwback drug during a time where popping prescription Oxycontin was the addicts' vice of choice.

Mind lost in a cotton cloud in spite of chaos reigning around her, she pondered his drug of choice. It was such an inconsequential detail, but she couldn't stop thinking about it. Had the drug experienced a revival with the rest of the eighties? If people could love neon again, it wasn't out of the realm of possibility.

Personally, she stuck to cocktails, wine, champagne, and maybe the occasional IPA beer. She was completely out of touch with the drug scene.

"Ms. Kincaid." A male voice shocked her out of her haze.

She blinked at the man standing in front of her. He was around her age, with close-cropped hair and a blue windbreaker with the letters "FBI" spread across it in yellow. If Sophie wanted to cast an FBI agent, he'd be exactly who she'd look for with his hard eyes, strong jaw, and broad shoulders. Maybe not as the lead, because he lacked a certain amount of charisma, but as the sidekick for sure.

"Ms. Kincaid," the agent said again.

She took a sip of her coffee. "Yes?"

"We're going to need to take you down to the station for questioning." His voice was authoritative but soft.

The words caught her attention. Surely she couldn't help; she had no information to impart. She straightened and put her hand on her chest. "Why? I had nothing to do with this."

He nodded, his features impassive and unreadable. She wondered if they taught them that at Quantico. Did they practice in the mirror? Were they tested? Graded?

He crossed his arms over his chest. "We're questioning all the vice presidents."

She tittered, and it was high pitched and nervous sounding. She shook her head. "But I'm just the PR girl."

She didn't know why she described herself that way, as though she was an intern, but she just couldn't seem to attach herself to these events.

His blank expression didn't even flicker and he nodded again. "It's not a request."

Suddenly, the gravity of her situation took hold of her. The world blared into crystal-clear focus, knocking her out of her detached apathy with a two-by-four spiked with nails. All the shouting, the people and flurry of paper and boxes screeched around her, rattling her out of her calm. Her heart started to pound a rapid beat, slamming against her ribs as her palms turned sweaty. The magnitude of her situation finally sank in.

She had nothing to do with this, but she was an executive at this company. What if they didn't believe her? What if she couldn't prove her innocence? What if she got thrown in jail? She'd just watched the new season of Orange Is the New Black, and she didn't think she was cut out to be a prison girlfriend.

Okay. She took a deep breath. She needed to think. She wasn't helpless. Maybe she didn't have a family she could depend on like most people, but she had people that could help her. She had something better than family, she had powerful friends.

Despite having nothing to do with this, she was smart enough to know she shouldn't talk to anyone without representation.

She lifted her cell phone. "Can I make a quick call?" He narrowed his eyes for a second and then shrugged. "Sure, but make it fast."

She didn't know which of her best friends to call first, Maddie, whose husband used to be a big-time defense attorney and now worked for the State Department but lived hours away in the small town of Revival, or Penelope, who was connected to practically anyone who was anyone in the city and married to a former Chicago football star turned coach.

In the end she opted for Penelope, who moved with the efficiency scientists in the future would study to replicate. And, Penelope was in Chicago, unlike Maddie, who wouldn't be able to do anything for hours.

She pushed the number, and when Penelope didn't answer, Sophie ended the call and dialed again. Penelope was COO of her husband's brother's commercial real estate company and always busy. But if she called enough, Penelope would know something was wrong and answer.

Sophie called her three more times before Penelope picked up. "What's wrong?"

Sophie was often called spirited, but she certainly wasn't prone to dramatics. "Sorry to bother you, but I need help."

"Is everything okay?" Penelope's voice was all business.

"No." Sophie's throat tightened and she shook her head before clearing it. "I'm being taken to the Chicago FBI office over on Roosevelt. I need a lawyer to meet me there."

There was ten seconds of complete silence before Penelope sprang into action. "What happened?"

"I don't know." The agent made a wrap-it-up signal with his hand. "Bestcase scenario, I'm out of a job. Worst case, I'm going to be arrested."

"We'll be right there." Then Penelope was gone.

Sophie took another sip of her coffee, set it on her former desk, and stood, smoothing out her black skirt. Sure, her entire life was ruined, but that was no excuse for wrinkles.

Head held high, she squared her shoulders. "I'm ready."


One month later

Flanked by her best friends, Sophie stared at the tiny, thousand-square-foot house on Sycamore Street, located a few blocks away from the small downtown area of Revival, Illinois.

She wasn't sure how something four blocks long, with absolutely no significant shopping, could be considered downtown, but there it was.

Downtown Revival. This was her life.

No more busy Chicago traffic, no more noise, no more Nordstrom, Starbucks, or late-night clubbing.

Teeth grinding, she listened and heard nothing familiar. She could barely make out the rumble of a car. In fact, there was hardly any noise. How would she sleep without background noise?

Panic whooshed through her veins. What was she supposed to do with quiet? Think about her life? But she didn't want to think; she wanted to be out there in the busy world, acting. She took a deep breath. Okay, she needed to relax. This was temporary.

All she needed was a positive spin. There were worse fates than spending time in Revival. The small town was certainly better than prison. It was better than crashing in Penelope's guest room because she couldn't pay her rent and was a bit ... unemployable at the moment. And she'd always had fun when she'd visited. The weekends flew by, so how hard could it be? She'd do six months and be back where she belonged.

Eventually people had to forget. Right? After all, she'd done nothing wrong. All she needed was time. The world lived in a twenty-four-hour news cycle; the reporters had to move on sooner rather than later. It would just take a little time before her former company's name at the top of her résumé didn't send her email straight into the trash.

Maddie's arm was around her waist, and Penelope's was around her shoulders. They both squeezed. They were driving Sophie crazy. Of course they meant well, but all their relentless optimism made her want to scream or break out into uncontrollable sobbing. She did neither. She merely endured in suffocating silence.

Sophie refused to cry. Especially when she was lucky compared to some of her other coworkers.

Yes, her reputation was presently tainted. She'd lost her job and put her Chicago After Dark blog on hiatus. Since her name had continuously been in the papers as part of the company's executive team, she was a bit like a case of chlamydia. Not permanent, but distasteful enough that people wanted some distance. Given enough time, she'd recover. People had short memories, and when she got back home, she'd be back on top.

She needed to look on the bright side. This whole fiasco had taught her some valuable lessons. Namely, that life could change on a dime, and that sometimes it did pay to be prepared. It turned out designer shoes weren't actually an investment and money in the bank was important. Go figure. Maybe she wasn't practical and retirement savvy, but she was smart and wouldn't make that mistake again.

It wasn't all bad. While her savings were meager at best, she'd been able to get a job.

Yes, the position was in Revival, working for — she swallowed — the city government, but still. It was something. She wouldn't be homeless, have to live off her friends or, God forbid, be forced to go join her parents in their meditation commune in India. She didn't think she'd be good at commune life. She was too selfish. Too materialistic. Too American. She was everything her parents hadn't wanted her to be.

So she needed to focus on how lucky she'd been to land this job helping the city of Revival, population twenty five hundred, with their town revitalization project. As a bonus, she'd get to spend tons of time with Maddie, and that would be great.

So, see, she was blessed. It wasn't ideal, but it was work in her chosen profession, and for that she was grateful. She'd have time to regroup and reassemble.

It would be an adjustment, over before she knew it. If she kept busy, she'd blink and be home where she belonged, this whole mess like a faded bad dream.

"What do you think?" Maddie asked, waving her free hand at the frame porch, her long red hair blowing gently in the breeze, making her look like she was ready to film a shampoo commercial in a spring meadow.

Sophie studied what would be her home for the next six months. While the place was small, the white frame house looked like a cottage, with window boxes and a cute small front porch. It was a little run down and needed some landscaping, but it would do.

She smiled at her friend. They were both tiny, and eye level. At five-three, Maddie had Sophie beat by one inch. Her friend had gone through so much trouble to find a place for her; Sophie refused to burst her bubble by whining about how she wanted to go home. "It's perfect, thanks."

It wasn't quite a lie, but it was an exaggeration.

It was charming enough, but Sophie was a city girl. She'd never lived anywhere with grass before. She took a deep breath. "Maybe I could learn to garden. Or at least mow the lawn. That's a thing, right?" Maddie pointed to the garage in the back of the house. "The owner said there's a mower in the garage."

The grass needed to be cut. Once she'd read in Real Simple people found yard work therapeutic, so maybe it would help her feel better. More like she was at home instead of dropped into an alternative universe.

Penelope laughed. "Please call me when you do, because I'd really love to see that."

"Hey! Like you've ever mowed in your life." Sophie scowled good-naturedly at Penelope, a tall, willowy brunette and the good girl in their close group. Everyone knew she was the perfect one. The planner. The organized one. The woman that kept Maddie and Sophie out of jail when they were girls and from going off the deep end now as adults.

Penelope smiled. "But I could if I needed to."

"Well, so can I." Sophie squirmed, and her friends finally dropped their death hold on her. "How hard can it be?"

"I've done it." Maddie raised her hand like they were back in middle school. "It's kind of therapeutic. Like active meditation."

Just like Real Simple claimed. They wouldn't steer her wrong. Maddie's confirmation gave her hope.

If Maddie had reformed her wild ways and been domesticated, so could Sophie. How hard could it be? And Maddie loved Revival, had chosen to live here with her hot husband, Mitch, in their big farmhouse by the river. They even had a baby, a nine-month-old girl, Lily.

As the first child in their group of friends and family, she was spoiled rotten and universally deemed the prettiest baby any of them had ever seen. Lily had her mama's red hair and Cupid's bow mouth, combined with her daddy's amber eyes and golden skin. It was an unusual combination, and even now it was clear she was going to be a stunner. Already Mitch fretted over her being a teenager.

See, Maddie had completely adjusted to country life. In fact, she'd never move back to Chicago. If she could do it, Sophie could do it for six months.

Sophie wrinkled her nose. "I guess I'll find out."

Maddie gestured at the front yard. "We could put some hydrangea bushes in front of the house and plant the window boxes. It would be really pretty."

Oh. My. God. She was discussing gardening. How was this happening? She put on a happy face.

"Sure," she said absently, walking up the driveway. Time to stop avoiding and claim this as home.

"What time are the movers coming?" Penelope asked.

"They should be here within the next hour."

"We should get started cleaning, then." Penelope's voice took on that efficient edge, tinged with excitement. The woman lived for cleaning and organizing. Obviously Penelope was sick and twisted, but Sophie loved her anyway.

"Great." Her tone was dry. "I love cleaning."

Back home she'd paid a college girl to clean her apartment. She'd worked so much she wasn't about to waste her weekends on housework. But she couldn't afford that now. Her six-month contracted salary covered her rent, essentials, takeout, and one of those mutual funds thingies she was supposed to have by now. Something had to go, and it wasn't like she was going to start cooking.

She frowned. Did Revival have delivery?

Panic sliced through her and she took a deep breath. She'd worry about it later. Her friends were watching her every move, waiting to catch her the second she fell apart. She appreciated their love and relentless support but wanted no part of their sympathy. She'd freak out when she was alone and not a second before.

She dusted her hands on her jean shorts, smoothed down her red tank top, and squared her shoulders. Time to get down to the business of becoming a country girl.

Just then a loud roar rumbled through the quiet streets, interrupting the tranquility of the neighborhood. A big, black motorcycle turned the corner, the motor so loud it vibrated through her ears, and strummed through her blood, jolting the first signs of life from her.

Yes, of course motorcycles were dangerous, but Sophie had a tiny thing for danger she'd been trying to manage since college, and the Harley looked and sounded as dangerous as they came.

Sophie, Maddie, and Penelope all froze in the driveway, staring at the bike tearing a path through the street. She could tell the driver was a man by the breadth of his shoulders, but she couldn't make him out.

She waited for him to pass, but he pulled into the driveway next to hers and turned off the bike.

Sophie could only blink in shock. Her throat went dry. The driver wasn't just a man; he was all man.

Who in the hell was that?

The man didn't get off the motorcycle. Instead he sat there, watching her. At least she thought he watched her, but it was hard to tell behind his mirrored aviator sunglasses. He wore jeans, and the denim stretched over the powerful thighs straddling the beast of a machine. He took his hands off the handlebars, and the muscles in his forearms corded and flexed before biceps filled out his black T-shirt. His shoulders went on for miles, stretching the confines of the cotton.

That was just his body. But his face, holy shit his face. He had a strong jaw, hard features, and short dark brown hair. Sophie couldn't see his eyes, but he was ridiculously masculine and uncomfortably good-looking.


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Head over Heels 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This was my first book from this author and as I was reading realized it was part of a series, however it can be read as a standalone, Author gives enough information to pretty catch you up, I however want to read the previous books. I did enjoy book, however while I enjoyed the bantering between Ryder and Sophie, I think it was dragged a little. Then when they finally get together, heartbreaking decisions need to be made, and instead of talking about feelings, they avoid each other, so it did annoy me, but did not stop me from continuing to read.
SuzeJoyce More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. Sophie and Ryder are a sizzling match but will they play with fire?
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Head Over Heels goes end over end as we watch Sophie and Ryder wrestle with their off the charts insta-lust attraction as they stubbornly try to resist each other. What starts as an “I’ll look but shouldn’t touch” mantra has this main couple drooling, circling around each other, and exchanging heated glances, flirty/snarky back and forth banter, all while trying to convince themselves to keep their hearts and hands to themselves for the greater good of their futures. The problem is they both long to be oh so bad together. Sophie is a high spirited, outspoken city girl who has put herself on a self-imposed small town exile after being caught up in a business debacle. With help from her friends, she’s determined to let the gossip winds die down and get her life back on track at the legendary windy city she calls home, Chicago. Beneath all that resilient, renegade, tough as nails persona, she is also still hurting and healing from a betrayal years ago that to this day has her questioning her sound judgement. Recently Ryder has become just as determined to reform from his former bad boy ways and embrace marriage, stability, and a family of his own. Yeah, this hot deputy sheriff is on the right side of romance now and is committed to being a better man. His brain knows Sophie’s time in town has an expiration date, but other parts of his body are still trying to convince him to make the most of it and pursue her anyway. As they get to know each other, it becomes even more difficult for them to resist their “simmering like a volcano” attraction. A little past the halfway mark, their relationship takes a whole new turn and that’s where you might need to brace yourself for some hot, steamy, at times public, smexy scenes with lots of lusty language, folks. Turns out Ryder is one naughty, dirty talking cop who likes to be in control. Sophie seems more than up for it though and definitely can handle whatever he dishes out. In fact, she would have it no other way. I must confess I started to feel a little exhausted and impatient for these two meant to be together knuckle heads to stop living in denial and figure out how to make things work long term. Mainly after they were finally intimate. It took quite a bit of hand wringing and self-reflection before the romantic but pretty predictable HEA wrapped things up. Surprisingly, the slow burn build up which took up the first half of the book was not frustrating at all. Overall, you could say insta-lust and chemistry are what bind this main couple at first sight, though they fight it tooth and nail. Then once they give into temptation there is no going back. Angst and hand-wringing sets in for quite awhile but at least one of them lays it all on the line and forces a decision to be made. Title: Head Over Heels, Series: Something New (Book 5), Author: Jennifer Dawson, Pages: 352, stand-alone but part of a series, former bad boy who now wants the real deal/good guy cop hero, sassy/feisty/wild side streak heroine, no cheating, one double date scenario, no love triangle, VERY steamy scenes with lots of lusty language (some of them public). (I received a NetGalley ARC in exchange for an honest, fair review.)
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Sophie believes she's living the life. She lives in the city where everything (shopping, takeout, & Starbucks) is at her disposal. She has a job she loves, but it all changes on a dime. FBI swarm her job, shutting it down. As VP, Sophie was found not guilty, but her image was tarnished nonetheless. In her spare time, Sophie also wrote a successful blog about new, trendy places in the city. It too suffers due to the investigation. So Sophie's friends convince her to move to Revival, temporarily. Maddie arranges for Sophie to rent a house from Ryder, Revival's sheriff. On moving day, Sophie is greeted by her new next door neighbor and landlord, Ryder. Sophie assumes he's a "wild" man as he rides a Harley. Due to past experience, Sophie has dedicated her life to NOT making the wrong choices where men are concerned. She once "loved" a wild, dominating man who turned out to be VERY wrong for her. When he left her, it brought up all her abandonment issues she suffered as a child. So she thinks she needs a nice, stable guy--not Ryder. Ryder was raised in a loving home with two parents and sisters. He moved to Revival to start over, become sheriff, and settle down. What he didn't expect, was to fall for someone like Sophie. She's a city girl, wild, sassy, and leaving in 6 months. She pushes every one of his buttons. When he's around Sophie, he can't help but agitate her. He finds it extremely easy to be himself with her, which disturbs him. Ryder vows to stay away from Sophie, but can he? This was an AWESOME novel! It's fun, sassy, and witty. It makes your heart hurt for Sophie and Ryder. It's laugh out loud funny as well. It is in a series, but I didn't feel "lost" while reading it. I can't wait to go back and read Maddie and Penelope's stories. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
ms12dzn More than 1 year ago
Those two strike sparks right off the page! Jennifer Dawson created five books in her Something New series and each one of those books is a treasure! The latest novel is entitled Head Over Heels and I am head-over-heels in love with it. This is a contemporary romance is set in Revival, Illinois, a small town located outside of the big windy city of Chicago. The heroine, Sophie Kincaid, has relocated to Revival to live down the bad press of the demise of the company and incarceration of her boss. She feels tainted and needs the support of her best friends, Maddie (Take a Chance on Me) and Penelope (As Good As It Gets) as well as her job working for the city of Revival. What she doesn’t need is her hotter than Hades landlord, Ryder Moore, who happens to be her next-door neighbor. But sparks fly whenever they are around each other from their introduction to the very last. I was addicted to every page. This book is captivating; the plot is well developed; and the characters are hot! Simply a wonderful, entertaining read! I received an ArC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ms12dzn More than 1 year ago
Those two strike sparks right off the page! Jennifer Dawson created five books in her Something New series and each one of those books is a treasure! The latest novel is entitled Head Over Heels and I am head-over-heels in love with it. This is a contemporary romance is set in Revival, Illinois, a small town located outside of the big windy city of Chicago. The heroine, Sophie Kincaid, has relocated to Revival to live down the bad press of the demise of the company and incarceration of her boss. She feels tainted and needs the support of her best friends, Maddie (Take a Chance on Me) and Penelope (As Good As It Gets) as well as her job working for the city of Revival. What she doesn’t need is her hotter than Hades landlord, Ryder Moore, who happens to be her next-door neighbor. But sparks fly whenever they are around each other from their introduction to the very last. I was addicted to every page. This book is captivating; the plot is well developed; and the characters are hot! Simply a wonderful, entertaining read! I received an ArC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ania_S More than 1 year ago
Sophie Kincaid is utterly professional and composed businesswoman and it's not easy to throw her off balance. Or maybe it's what she wants everyone around her to believe. When her life and career in Chicago are put on hold in just one day she doesn't give up. She faces her problems head-on and quickly creates a whole new plan how to fix them and get back her old life. But then she meets Ryder Moore, seemingly to all of her friends he is just her new landlord and neighbor, but for her Ryder equals trouble. From their first meeting, the instantaneous lust and attraction between them are simply overwhelming, and that's not good because now her whole plan suddenly becomes much more complicated. I liked the storyline and idea behind this book, but to be completely honest I had slight difficulties with connecting and identifying with main characters in the first half of the book. Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun while reading it and truly recommend it. I was given a free ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
AndreaCK More than 1 year ago
Do you know the feeling you get at the beginning of a really awesome book? When you get sucked in after the first few pages and you just know it's going to check all your boxes? Witty banter. Off-the-charts chemistry. Swoony hero. Lots of heat. Self discovery and emotional growth. Amazing writing. This is a Jennifer Dawson novel, so I expected a great read, but Sophie and Ryder's story blew me away. Sophie temporarily moves to small-town Revival, needing to take a break from Chicago after a professional crisis. Ryder is the bad boy/good cop living next door. It's lust at first sight, but this city girl and country boy think each other is trouble and want to keep their distance. Their explosive chemistry and close proximity have them exploring a relationship while she's in town. But what will happen when the big city and a new job opportunity come knocking? I've loved every book in the Something New series, and Head Over Heels is fantastic. I hope we get to visit the small town of Revival again very soon!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
When Sophie Kincaid's PR career comes crashing down around her the only logical thing for her to do is get out of town and head somewhere where she is a little less known, and somewhere where she can recover from this life altering mishap without prying eyes. Her best friends have stepped up and got everything covered for her, they found her a job, a place to live, now all she has to do is get to Revival, Illinois and get started on her new life. But once she hits town and meets her new landlord, who just so happens to also be her new boss, she begins to have her doubts about this new little adventure, he is gorgeous, but frustrating as hell and far more than she was prepared to handle! Ryder Moore is well aware of the trouble that a women like Sophie Kincaid can bring, she is high maintenance. demanding, and full of sass... and so far out of his league! He doesn't have the time or patience for the trouble she is about to bring into his world, and he is certain there is no way they can survive the next six months living near one another, let alone working together. But then he sees an unexpected side to her, one that has him questioning everything he thought he knew about the sexy troublemaker... and it has him wanting to convince her stay. Head Over Heels is a sexy little literary romp full of sass, toe curling romance, and feisty banter that will have you laughing out loud! It has been a while since my last visit to Revival and I have to say this trip was just as enjoyable as the last, from the moment I cracked the cover on this one I was hooked... it was such a good read!! I love a good enemies to lovers story and I have to say this one definitely scored a lot of points with me, the chemistry between Sophie and Ryder was undeniable, and their story left my heart happy! Highly recommend you make a visit to Revival I guarantee you love what you find!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Dawson takes us back to Revival, Illinois in this fantastic opposites attracts story that had me laughing and swooning at the same time. It's a great small town romance as city girl Sophie Kincaid finds herself inexplicably drawn to small town guy Ryder Moore. Yes, he's the bad boy type she's always found attractive but she's sworn off that type so why is he getting under her skin? She's only in Revival because her professional life imploded and she needs this job to get her footing. Ryder knows just the type of woman Sophie Kincaid is and he'll just have to deal with her for the short term lease she has on his house. Her beauty and snarky mouth will have no affect on him. At. All! Ok, maybe a little. What would a little fun with the city girl hurt?? A great read and one I highly recommend. Although part of a series this is easily read standalone.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars. Sophie Kincaid's dream PR career in Chicago goes up in flames when her boss embezzles money from the firm to feed his coke habit, as a Vice-President she is tarred with the same brush and overnight her name is mud. She retreats to small town Illinois, Revival to be precise where one of her best friends has got her a job in city government assisting the town revitalisation project. Her friend has also found her a house to rent for six months. And that's where the problems begin, because the guy living next door, Ryder Moore, has bad boy written all over him and there's one thing that Sophie has learned is that bad boys are catnip for her - and it always ends badly. Ryder moved to Revival to get away from wild and crazy girls and his new neighbour, and tenant, has wild and crazy written all over her. He knows he should stay away but there is something so very tempting about arguing with her... Sophie is less than pleased to find out that no only is Ryder her landlord as well as her neighbour but he is also the deputy sheriff AND technically her boss on the town square grand opening project! Can't a girl catch a break? Inevitably lust trumps logic and Sophie and Ryder enter into a no-holds barred friends-with-benefits relationship, time limited by Sophie's often expressed intention to return to Chicago after six months. Ryder is small-town through and through, there's no way he would ever want to be a big city cop. I've see-sawed to and fro on my rating for this book. I'm a sucker for big city girl moves to small town stories and I love enemies to lovers stories but I had two issues with this book: 1) the naughty bits - it took me a while to realise what felt off about the sex - there was more fade to black than actual sex. There's lots of mentions of all the depraved and possibly illegal things that Sophie and Ryder do but not an awful lot of seeing them do those things. The only thing they seem to do is have a lot of exhibitionist alfresco sex. (view spoiler) 2) both Sophie and Ryder were too willfully blind, I appreciate that a romance novel doesn't really work unless one or both of the characters cant see what is right in front of them but purlease! I also, just a little bit, wished that the ending had been less predictable, it was done well but part of me wanted either the end to be ambiguous or for it to work out differently. This is, apparently, the fourth book in a series. I had no problems reading this as a stand-alone although it was clear from all the recently paired-up, disgustingly good-looking couples in the book that this was part of a series. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Dawson has a talent more magnetic than seduction. Her knack to find humor in moments that are not always humorous is why I keep coming back for more. Within the pages of her tempting novels are morsels of optimism that touch the heart and characters that set hormones raging. Head over Heels is an alluring opposites attract tale of intriguing romance and emotional upheaval. Ryder and Sophie can bring out the worst in each other, but that thunder is morphing into something neither thought possible. LOVE! Jennifer Dawson keeps readers guessing with addictive and entertaining tales of romance.