It Happened on Love Street

It Happened on Love Street

by Lia Riley

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The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455568697
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Everland, Georgia Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 633,851
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lia Riley is a contemporary romance author. USA Today describes her as "refreshing" and RT Book Reviews calls her books "sizzling and heartfelt." She loves her husband, three kids, wandering redwood forests and a perfect pour over coffee. She is 25% sarcastic, 54% optimistic, and 122% bad at math (good thing she writes happy endings for a living). She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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It Happened on Love Street 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
At_Least_Im_Well-Read More than 1 year ago
At first glance, it seems too schmaltzy to be true. And in the beginning, it was. The town is called Everland. The address is actually Love Street. The hero is named Rhett Valentine. And, in theory, I should have been gagging and/or derisively snorting while reading this book, but Lia Riley's small-town contemporary romance is so charmingly adorable that, despite my horrible mood, I couldn't stop awwing and laughing out loud while reading it. It Happened on Love Street opens with recent law-school graduate and big city girl, Pepper Knight, relocating to fanciful Everland, Georgia, only to find out that the job she moved halfway across the country for has been given to someone else. Having always been the responsible one in her family, Pepper refuses to ask for help until she bumps into local vet and hottie, Rhett Valentine. Rhett Valentine, (yes, of course, the name made me swoon) was left at the altar by his first love a few years ago and now he spends his time trying to build a local animal shelter while feuding with his father, and keeping his personal life from again becoming local gossip. When his new sexy, dog-fearing neighbor needs help, he jumps to her rescue and obviously sparks fly and they start a steamy affair. As I said, it all seems very sweet on the surface, so sweet that it's cloying. But as I read It Happened on Love Street, I fell in love with the protagonists and the kooky town of Everland, Georgia. While the "Southernness" of it all seemed a bit too much at times, Ms. Riley has peppered the story with hilarious dialogue and endearing secondary characters. There are a couple of plotlines that seemed out of place, like a lifelong cynophobe becoming a dog walker overnight just because the cute guy asked her, and the completely unneeded Psycho scenario that popped up in the middle. But I would recommend It Happened on Love Street to all readers of contemporary romance. It is sexy. It is funny. For some reason, it has a treasure hunt. It is peppered with hilarious pop culture references. And it has dogs named after authors and a hero named Rhett. If that doesn't sell it, I don't know what will.
Liinareads More than 1 year ago
Pepper moved to Everland for a job position that was actually given to somebody else before she even got to the town. Pepper is in a new town without a job, but luck seems to be on her side, when she bumps into a local vet Rhett, who offers her a job. Being a dog walker is not something Pepper would have wanted, especially because she is afraid of dogs, but there’s not much of a choice. There’s chemistry between Rhett and pepper since they met, but because of Rhett’s past, he wants to keep things rather private. Pepper didn’t plan on staying in Everland, but after meeting Rhett can she actually leave him and the town? It was the first book by the author and enjoyed this small town romance. I liked how things progressed between Rhett and pepper and the cute dogs. It offered several lough out loud moments, but it wasn’t very believable how easily Pepper got over her fear of dogs. Overall it was a sweet story and I definitely want to read the next book in the series.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for anything set in the south, so I was pretty excited to read this one. I liked Pepper and Rhett. She's a bit of a martyr and he's a bit bitter, but together they're adorable. They're both genuinely good people and I enjoyed getting both sides of the story. Plot wise, it's exactly what you would expect: prying neighbors, sassy older sisters, and a lot of dogs. The conflict {aka: the break up} and the resolution didn't take too long. There was an entire thread of plot that seemed to be added on a whim. For me, it didn't mesh with the rest of the story and I found those chapters to be jarring. I would be pulled out of the story with every one. Overall, it was a quick, cute read that was mostly fluffy. I'll definitely be reading the next in the series. **Huge thanks to Forever and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Pepper moves from New York to Love Street in Everland, Georgia, for the start of a promising legal career. When she arrives she discovers that she relocated for a promise that doesn't come true. She has no income and won't be able to do something else with her legal career in Everland, because it's such a small town. Fortunately Pepper's new neighbor, Rhett, helps her out and finds her a job. Rhett is the local vet and one of the town's most eligible bachelors. Nothing in his life is private and he hates being in the spotlight. With Pepper so close to him he can't shake off the curious inhabitants of Everland any longer. Will he keep his distance because of this or does he take a chance to get to know his new neighbor after all? Pepper's only option to make some money is temporarily taking over someone's dog walking business. This is the most awful job she can think of, as Pepper is afraid of dogs. Not being able to pay her bills, however, scares her even more. She needs a new life plan and Everland is a nice place to enjoy herself a bit and think about her future. Maybe she will get over her phobia by spending more time with the animals she doesn't like and Rhett can assist her when she needs it. Pepper doesn't count on Rhett being so attractive though, will she be able to resist falling in love with the handsome vet? It Happened on Love Street is a wonderful story. I immediately loved Everland. The street names are magical, the inhabitants are eccentric and cute and the community spirit is amazing. Reading about this enchanting place put a big smile on my face. Pepper tries to be responsible. She doesn't follow her heart and all of her decisions are rational, which doesn't work at all in Everland. Living next door to Rhett, becoming part of the small town and falling in love with the dogs she used to be so afraid of, slowly changes her and that was fabulous to witness. Pepper has a good heart and she's perfect for Rhett, who's just as kind, or maybe even kinder. After someone broke his heart he tries to stay out of the public eye, but by doing so he actually achieves the exact opposite. It only makes people more curious and they want him to be happy with someone, so everyone is trying to make him have a love life, which is something I found really funny. Pepper and Rhett have sparkling chemistry and it was fun to read about their relationship. It's clear from the start that they have found true love, but the circumstances are less than ideal. I read It Happened on Love Street in one sitting because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to them. Lia Riley writes original romantic stories. I love the way she approaches the genre. She has a delightful outlook on life and her main characters always have fabulous quirks. She made me laugh out loud several times while reading It Happened on Love Street. It's a terrific romantic story with a great charming atmosphere. There are plenty of sexy scenes and in between there are a lot of surprising twists and turns. I especially loved Everland's treasure hunt and the Scrabble matches in the park. It Happened on Love Street is a very special book, it's a great happy story with a gorgeous endearing ending.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this small town romance overall. I have been wanting to read Lia Riley for a while and once I read the description for this book, I knew that I wanted to give this one a try. It was a light-hearted, fun story that went pretty quickly for me. This is the first book in a new series and I just loved the little town of Everland, Georgia. Pepper has just relocated to Everland for a new job. She shows up for her first day of work and realizes that there is a major problem and she doesn't have the job after all. So now she is in a new town with few funds and no job. When she is offered a job as a dog walker by the town vet who happens to be her next door neighbor, she needs to overcome her fear of dogs quickly and take the position. Rhett is the local veterinarian. After a previous romantic mishap, he does his best to stay out of local gossip. He helps out the new next door neighbor and is instantly attracted but wants to keep things private. He is very much a part of the local community with his best friend serving as the mayor. Everyone in the town seems to be waiting for cupid to catch Rhett. I liked Pepper and Rhett. Pepper was pretty tough and was able to make the most of the situation she is in. She does take on more responsibility than she probably should and tries to always make practical decisions. Rhett was such an all around good guy. It would be hard not to like him. Together they had a lot of chemistry and the more they were together the more I liked them as a couple. They really did seem to get closer as the book progressed and by the end of the story, I could really feel their connection. The book did have a couple of issues. Pepper has a huge fear of dogs at the start of the story. It seemed to take her all of 30 seconds to get over that fear and become a pro dog-walker hanging out at the local dog park. She even adopts a puppy pretty quickly after shedding her fear of dogs. To go from can't stand to be near a dog to must adopt this dog in the span of a few pages seemed crazy. I am sorry it just doesn't work like that. I also was pulled out of the story several times by some weird phrasing. It seemed like maybe the author was trying to be funny but it felt forced. There were several times that I had to stop and go back over a passage to make sure it really said what I thought it did. I didn't notice this happening as much towards the end of the book but it seemed to happen a lot at the beginning of the story. I would recommend this book to others. Despite a couple of issues, it was a really fun romantic read. I look forward to future installments in this series. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley.
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Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
Pepper Knight is fresh out of law school and ready to conquer the legal world, starting in Everland, GA. After moving moving away from New York and her sister, she learns the good-old boys club has been in action, and the job she'd been offered was no longer hers. In one of her weakest moments, leaving her rescinded job, she run's into the town veterinarian, Rhett Valentine. When Rhett finds Pepper a job as a dog walker, the two find themselves spending more time together, and having a hard time staying apart. But Rhett has no interest in having a relationship unfold in front of the small town population he grew up in. And Pepper only plans to stay in Everland until her lease is up, then head back to the big city. Rhett and Pepper had great chemistry, and I found myself rooting for them almost from the first moment they met. Some of their conversations had me laughing out loud, and the supporting cast of characters painted the picture of small town life in vivid colors. Everland is the kind of town where everyone knows each and every person, and no one can keep a secret longer than a minute and a half, but they'll all pull together when they need to. If you like romance, humor and compassionate characters, this is the book for you.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley.......5 Entertaining Stars!! I loved this book it was so cute, fun, entertaining with fantastic characters. This is going to be a great series and I can't wait for the next book. I loved Pepper and Rhett so much and it was fun to see their story play out. Lia Riley is an amazing storyteller and always sucks the readers in and this book is no different. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
It Happened on Love Street is a fun, hilarious southern romance.  Rhett and Pepper come from very different worlds. Rhett Valentine the most eligible bachelor in Everland. Whom is also the town Veterinarian. Likes to keep to himself, and out of the town gossip. That runs rampant all over. Pepper is new in town and finds herself at a loss.   This story was full of heart and at the same time totally hilarious. I’m not usually into Third POV but it had so much charm. I almost forgot that I was reading in that POV. Lia Riley is an excellent storyteller. I highly enjoyed this book and it will be interesting to read about what else goes on in Everland.  Overall, I give this Four Boundless Stars.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Pepper Knight is newly armed with a degree and is more than ready to put it to good use. So, when a job offer arises in her wheelhouse she finds herself packing her bags and leaving the big city behind and moving south to Everland, Georgia. She is excited to put her education to use, gain some experience, that will eventually help her breeze back into the city and get the job of her dreams. But that little plan takes an unexpected hit when the job she moves to Georgia for is no longer available, now she is stuck in a unfamiliar town, with no job, and a dwindling bank account that won't support her for long... Rhett Valentine learned the hard way that living in a small town can come with it's disadvantages, after his bride left him at the altar, his personal life has been constantly on display, and he's growing tired of being the town's entertainment. He moved to Everland to lead a quiet and peaceful life, and so far, it hasn't really panned out that way, his every move is being monitored, and their all waiting to see what the eligible bachelor will do next. So, when the beautiful new city girl winds up walking into his world he is more than ready to send her packing, to keep the town gossips at bay, but the damn sparks flying between them keep pulling them back together... and he isn't so sure he can ignore them for long! I am a sucker for a good small town romance story, and I have to say this one definitely ranked high amongst my list of favorites, it had the things that make small town romances so special for me. The quirky love birds that you can't help to fall for, the nosy busybodies that inspire lots of humorous moments, and of course the charming little community that you wish you were a part of, and don't want to leave behind when the last page is swiped. The moment I started this charming little read I was hooked, and the farther I delved into the lives of the folks in this little town, the deeper I fell for them, they were all something else! I look forward to future visits, and getting better acquainted with more of Ms. Riley's wonderfully crafted characters!! Highly recommend this one, it is sure to keep you smiling the whole way through!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“If her fear was a storm, his voice was a life raft.” It Happened on Love Street is an exciting new novel from author Lia Riley. Told from dual points of view, It Happened on Love Street follows the story of Rhett and Pepper. When Pepper first came to Georgia, she thought she was on the path to making all of her career dreams come true. Just put in her dues and the rest would follow. However, when she shows up for her first day, she finds her job gone and now she has no back up plan. Whatever is a city girl supposed to do? Pepper will have two choices: She can either find a way to make life in Georgia work or she can take the easy way out and return home. The one thing she never planned on was Rhett….Ever since Rhett was left at the alter, he’s remained under the radar. Rhett loathes being the center of attention and will do anything to stay out of the towns gossip. Of course, all that goes out the window when Rhett meets his new neighbor. The connection between the two of them is strong and maybe a fling is just what the two of them need… It Happened on Love Street was a quick and enjoyable read. I thought it was very well written and entertaining. I thought the characters were cute and I loved the southern charm. Being from the South, I can’t help but get swept away in a sweet southern romance, and this one hit all the marks for me. It Happened on Love Street had just the right amount of southern charm, steamy moments and light drama. It Happened on Love Street is a great start to the Everland Series and I look forward to checking out more from this series in the future!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "Hypothetically..." Stars. Lia Riley takes her readers to the town of Everland, Georgia, for the first book in her new series of the same name; It Happened on Love Street. Everland, Georgia wasn’t your everyday sort of place… I am a huge fan of the small town romance genre, in series form this is one of my greatest joys to read because when written well you are introduced to and get to know and love a plethora of recurring characters as the stories develop while giving you individual characters their own happily ever after with each additional book. And on that front Lia nailed it, as with my review tag hypothetically this was a great story. "In theory you’re a good kisser…" "Let me experiment a bit more… The initial results are promising." I liked Pepper even though she was a bit back and forth, as well as being a total martyr to her family, and I loved local vet and romantic interest Rhett Valentine, the parts when they were together were sizzling with chemistry and witty conversation. But for me and the reason for the mid-range rating was the fact that, their story at points get lost with long rambling inner monologues about unrelated things, It felt a little like the author had remembered a funny story and was desperate to add it to the story, and sometimes going off at a tangent to tell the tale worked, but at other points it just pulled me out of the book, and I lost focus on where the characters were actually at in the story itself. "I do miss… feeling." My other issues, and this isn’t new, it’s something that always bugs me is the whole familial issues that Pepper then deals with in the second half of the book. I am, and always have had a huge loathing for erroneous or over the top secondary familial drama especially when the family members in question, are portrayed in such a way that means they seem less than worthy of having so much time end energy spent on them by the hero or heroine of the tale. This was so the case on this occasion and it took a little sparkle away from the parts of the story I enjoyed. "You’re not a fan of dogs are you?" Still, the writing is excellent, the pacing (if you take out the unnecessary rambling) was pretty good, I liked the town and people of Everland, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series; The Corner of Forever and Always, when it releases in September.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It Happened on Love Street tickles the funny bone, while warming the heart and tempting the senses. Ms. Riley moves to the head of the class with this study in hard life lessons. Pepper's dreams lead her to make a change in her life and setup shop in Everland, Georgia. When her plans fall by the wayside and leave her pride crushed, desperation sets her on a new path. As a frustrated dog walker. Rhett, is the answer to her prayers with his understanding of the canine psyche and his tempting magnetism, that makes her inner bad girl want to break free. Can past hurts and foolish pride, have landed them in the right place, at the right time, for something wonderful?
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
The fun begins again as this book kicks off another round of great stories about Royals looking for the perfect bride and finding love along the way. In this one Prince Ballasare is looking for the perfect bride. He needs to marry before his 30th birthday but finding a bride that meets all the...umm, requirements of the laws of his country is no easy feat. Rubare Virgina is very specific on what makes an acceptable bride for Prince so Ballasare has rounded up as many women as possible and will hopefully find the perfect one. Jessica Quincy seems to fulfill all his requirements and unbelievably peaks his interest as well. Will this be a love match? A great read and one I highly recommend. Can't wait to read the next in the series.