Review - The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay

The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay
Series: Happily Ever After #1
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Date Read: March 14, 2019
Length: 336 pages
Source: NetGalley
A romance bookstore owner finds her own happily ever after with a single dad in a new romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Dog Has His Day.

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true...

Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she's inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he's not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it's going to be to walk away...
My Review

I had a wonderful time with this book!  Having read several of Jenn McKinlay's contemporary romances, I was eager to give this book a try.  I was not disappointed.  This was one of those books that I didn't want to stop reading once I got started.  Too bad life got in the way.  I did enjoy every moment that I spent with this charming story.

Maisy has inherited her aunt's old Victorian home which happens to be full of romance novels.  She has just left her position at the local college and has this crazy idea of opening a romance bookstore.   Ryder is a single dad who works as an architect.  His task is to help Maisy bring the old house back to its former glory...and add a turret. 

I loved the characters in this book.  Maisy and Ryder were both wonderful people and I thought that they were fantastic as a couple.  They had a lot of chemistry and it was fun to see them interact with each other.  There were some other key players in this story that I thought were equally well done.  Ryder's teen daughter, Perry, was a great kid and I loved how caring she was.  Savannah, or Savy, was quite the firecracker and I really liked the fact that she was there to put Maisy straight when needed.  As a group, these characters work to save a tiny kitten which helped to show each character's softer side and added a nice dose of cute to the overall story.  There were a few other characters introduced that I hope to see in future novels. 

I would recommend this book to others.  It was a charming romantic novel filled with a cast of wonderful characters.  I loved all of the book references that were worked into the story and had a great time watching Maisy and Ryder build the bookstore and find their own happily ever after.  I can't wait to read more of this delightful series.

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is the author of About a Dog, the Library Lover’s mysteries, the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, and the Hat Shop mysteries.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Sounds like a romance I could get on board for. I do love McKinlay's writing. Great review.

  2. This sounds like a good romance novel. it would be fun to restore an old victorian house.

  3. sounds like a lovely romance with a wonderful setting. I don't know if I ever read her books

  4. sounds fun. i like stories about houses that need a little love and the characters that find there way there
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. ooo Bookstore and set in NC. I think I've read one of her books. This is one I may have to read also. Wonderful review! Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. Ooh, I would love to inherit a house like that.

  7. I am always a little hesitant when a single parent is involved (not that it will stop me from reading a romance that includes one!). I haven't yet read any of this author's romance novels--just her cozy mysteries. I would love to give one a try though. This sounds really good.

  8. Ok, I need to add this! I've not been in a romance mood, but I have read and enjoyed Jenn McKinlay.

  9. I loved the last romance by McKinlay I read and I love her cozy mysteries. This one sounds amazing!


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