Batter of Wits by Karla Sorensen

April 21, 2020

Hate at first sight couldn’t possibly exist, right?


That’s what Grace Buchanan thought, before her useless car stranded her on the side of a deserted road just inside the Green Valley city limits.


When Tucker Haywood—tall and handsome and full of southern charm— shows up to help, her reaction to him is the strongest thing she’s ever felt in her life, and it makes no freaking sense.


It doesn’t make much sense to Tucker either. Not why she hates him, or why he finds her so intriguing. He knows well enough that Grace is moving to Green Valley for a fresh start, not to distract him when he’s got no room for something like her in his life.


The complications between them are endless, but that doesn’t stop her definitely not love-at-first-sight feelings from changing into something else entirely.


Grace and Tucker are about to learn the hard way that in Green Valley, hating someone has never tasted so sweet.




★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★


I'm mostly a sucker from a hate-to-love or enemies-to-lovers book. This one is kind of one of those, but at the same time, not really. Usually, the animosity is much stronger and lasts long enough to create some angst. The book starts out that way, but the animosity is dropped way too fast. There wasn't room for angst. I was a little sad about that.


Don't get me wrong. Just because I didn't get the angst I thought I was getting, doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book. I did enjoy it. It's a good book. It's entertaining. It has great characters. It has just enough quirk and humor to almost make up for the loss of angst. (haha)


I enjoyed the characters. Their personalities were fantastic. They gave me many chuckles and well-timed eyerolls. I could've used a little something more between Tucker and Grace. I just didn't feel the connection between them. Separately, they were great. But together, I just didn't feel it. Maybe that's where the angst would've come into play. Who knows.


Overall, this is a good book. I am looking forward to the next couple. I saw the writing on the wall before it was given. I am curious to see how that one plays out.


Side Note: Like the previous book by the previous author in this series, I'm not understanding how this book is part of the Donner Bakery. It's not connected to the bakery. It only had a couple of scenes within the bakery. I am really hoping to get one that is actually connected to the bakery in the future.

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