Review: Tess in Boots by Courtney Rice Gager

Tess in BootsTess in Boots
by Courtney Rice Gager
Adult Romance
Paperback266 Pages
December 2nd 2014 by Anaiah Press


Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

My Review

I seem to have a thing for cowboy and cowgirl boots and the types of characters associated with them. You have laid-back (at least in Tess's eyes) Thatcher who just spells trouble for Tess, and this lovely town full of quirky, sweet, and fun small-town characters. I loved how this sweet romance took a city girl, Tess, and let her unwind, add a little spunk, and become a little bit country. She traded in her high heels for a meaningful pair of cowgirl boots. It took her some time to figure out their meaning, but when she did, it changed her life.

I really, really liked these characters! I loved Tess and her twin brother, Jake, and his wife, Sarah. I loved Thatcher. I loved how the characters interacted and especially the sweet moments between Tess and Jake and Tess and Thatcher. I loved how Thatcher challenged Tess and made her take a good, long, hard look at her life back at home and who she really was. I loved how Tess came into her own.

I liked the way the story revealed so much about these characters as it went on. There was heartbreak and some bittersweet moments and memories, but those were balanced with friendship, humor, and love. It was a perfect balance. There was plenty of tension where there needed to be, including in the romance which developed over time and didn't take over the story. There were also some inspirational parts, but they felt so natural and just enhanced the story.

Tess in Boots was a sweet and heartwarming story that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. I loved the characters, the plot, and the dialogue was fabulous! I'd definitely recommend it to sweet and/or inspirational romance readers.

Content: Clean

Source: From the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

The author, Courtney Rice Gager, is stopping by today with a super fun tens list and there's an excerpt and giveaway too. Definitely go check it out here!

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