Beautiful March by Christy Pastore

May 14, 2019

A small-town, friends to lovers story is coming your way this spring.

Getting dumped sucks. Getting dumped by your boyfriend days before your best friend’s wedding? It doesn’t get much worse.
Did I mention that the guy who cut me loose was country music’s number one rising star?
And my client.
I thought I was walking into a proposal. Instead, I crashed right into humiliation—dumped and fired.

The silver lining? In a restaurant, there’s plenty of wine to drown my feelings.

In strolls Tyler Nichols, the restaurant owner. He’s charming, handsome and does a good job of trying to make me feel better. A really good job. Sharing my heartbreak with a beautiful stranger is the last thing that I expected.

Turns out, Tyler Nichols is my ex’s best friend. And according to the local gossips—mainly my cousin—he’s got a mysterious past.

No worries, I’m the gal with everything going for her—great job, fabulous apartment and a glamorous life half way across the country in sunny Los Angeles—far away from my hometown and my family’s bourbon empire. I’ll be leaving after the weekend wedding festivities.

That is until my best friend, Sage, finds herself in a jam and needs my help before jetting off on her honeymoon.

So, I’m staying in Mayfield a little longer than anticipated. In just a few short weeks, I’ll march my happy ass back to the West Coast, far away from Tyler’s smoldering gaze and his panty-melting smile. And the chemistry between us that burns hotter than a hickory stump.

But the longer I’m in town, the harder it is to stay away from him. And maybe I don’t want to.


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★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★


Can I just take a minute to savor this story? Small town romances tend to be my jive within contemporary romances (which admittedly aren't necessarily my thing). The nostalgia, the unique characters, the close relationships. I will pick a small town story of just about any kind any day.


I felt, feel, a little conflicted on my thoughts with this book. For me, there are positive and not so positive within the telling of this story, but obviously the positive outweighed the not so positive.


I will be straight forward. I struggled with the first part of this book. The first quarter or so felt under developed. I was having a tough time connecting to the story and its characters. It was too mechanical. This part of the book only told me what was going on, but it didn't do much of showing me. Sometimes the showing part is important for the chemistry with each character.


At some point, the book all of a sudden started clicking. Things started to fall in place. The characters took me into their story and held me there. I didn't stop reading until I got to the very end of this book. I loved the characters, who they are, what they stand for. They aren't your typical "rich" characters you find in other books. That is a big shining point for me.


Overall, this is a sweet, romantic, a little heartbreaking, and happy small town story that will resonate in many readers' hearts. It's the perfect mix of sweet and angst that will leave you with a full heart.

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