You Get What You Give by Karen Grey
Carolina Classics (book 1)
Home Cooked Books (June 29, 2022)
Friendship/1990s Beach Town/Retro RomCom
New 1990’s TV-themed beach town Carolina Classics series.
From insta-lover to insta-enemy. All that, and a bag of chips.
In a sleepy southern coastal town crowned the Hollywood of the East, worlds collide, and sparks fly when fate has two TV casting directors acting as accidental rivals.
It’s not just that the town isn’t quite big enough for the two of them. Violet Davenport brings deep roots, local allies, and old-fashioned Southern charm to the table. Nate Fowler’s got deep pockets, tech knowhow, and a family that’s been in the biz since the silent film days.
For their business—and their hearts—to survive, they’ll have to overcome both a bitter hostility and a sweet insta-temptation.
In this enemies-to-lovers, new-in-town, one-night-stand unlikely love story, a boss lady and a Hollywood bad boy find that you only get as good as you give.
Amazon (on or after release): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XJKBXQR?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420
A 90’s nostalgic romance
The first book in the series is focused on Violet & Nate, with each of the five friends having a bit role which I’m sure will expand with each book and the story lines progress.
Violet & Nate story is a should have been one night stand turned into work enemies to lovers. The couple get their Happy For Now ending and the story ends on a cliffhanger to carry on to book 2. There’s instant chemistry, some heat, drama, and a cast of interesting and varied characters. A group of five life long friends navigating life in their 20’s while their friendships are tested. I enjoyed the 90’s vibe, the banter, the characters, and the plot.
I recommend reading the prequel novella first (I’ll Stand By You) so you get the friends background.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (June 30, 2022)
ARC provided by author/also purchased by reviewer
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KAREN GREY is the pen name for award-winning narrator Karen White. A stage, screen and radio drama actor in Boston, New York and Los Angeles in the late 20th century, she started recording books in 1999. Now back in her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and (probably) too many pets, where she continues to narrate audiobooks as well as make up stories.
The first three books in her Boston Classics series of retro romcoms released in 2020, with more to come in 2021. What I’m Looking For, #1 in the series is the winner of AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award, the NJ Romance Writers’ Put Your Heart in a Book contest and Hearts Through History’s Romance Through the Ages contest in the Modern History category.
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Don’t miss this combo sequel to Grey’s Boston Classics series and prequel to her new Carolina Classics series. It’ll take you from the neon, big-haired 1980’s into the boho, laidback 1990’s.