Friday, September 6, 2013

ARC Review: Ivy Entwined (A Something to Celebrate Novel) by Laura Simcox

Ivy Entwined (A Somehing to Celebrate Novel)Title: Ivy Entwined (A Something to Celebrate Novel)
Author:  Laura Simcox
Publisher/Publication Date:  Entangled Edge, August 26, 2013
Format/Source:  E-ARC, Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Summary from Goodreads

When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fiancé is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.

Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.

As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts.

My Thoughts

Ivy Entwined by Laura Simcox is a well-written story of love, lies, and deception. At first everything seemed rather straight forward as Marcus returned home to open a Megamart in Celebration, NY. Ivy had a crush on Marcus when she was young.  After he returned to his hometown they were instantly attracted to each other. Does this storyline sound familiar or somewhat predictable? That’s what I thought until things between Ivy and Marcus were complicated by lies, deception, an ex-fiancé, and residents who were opposed to change. The conflicts resulting from Marcus’ and Ivy’s professional versus personal goals were engaging. As such, I recommend Ivy Entwined to adults who enjoy novels filled with drama and romance.
Rating 4/5
I received an E-ARC of Ivy Entwined from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you. 

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