Title: Must Like Spinach
Author: Con Riley
Publisher: Figment Ink
Reviewer: Mel Bradley
Release Date: 11/2/2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 245
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“Jon’s future in New York should be bright. He’s on the corporate fast track as an executive problem solver, yet he can’t help feeling hollow. Yearning for a life spent outdoors makes no sense if he wants to flourish in this city, nor does losing his cool with clients when they make bad decisions. Only leaving the East Coast behind for three months can save his business reputation.
His exile in Seattle has unexpected upsides. Jon’s rented home has a garden where his true passions blossom. It’s overgrown yet idyllic—perfect if he didn’t have to share it with another tenant. Tyler might be as cute as hell, and their landlady adores him, but Jon can’t let himself fall for someone who seems lazy.
Three months could be enough time to see Tyler clearly, but choosing which to nurture long-term—love or a business career—might take Jon longer than one summer. ”
Review: 5 Fantastic Stars for Must Like Spinach!
Ok, so the title of the book is unfortunate, I agree – in fact, I almost skipped it because it was so… strange? But do NOT let the name scare you away. This is a FANTASTIC book – and the name is so heartwarming once you dig in. I promise, it’s worth it!
When you meet Jon, he’s living in New York and working in a high-powered money-driven job, all about the bottom line. Luckily we don’t have to suffer through too much of his misery before his own actions have him exiled to Seattle. When he arrives, I was still unsure about him as a character – there was always a kindness, but a definite layer covering it up for some time. He had judgments and “ideas” about certain things and people that felt inauthentic to who he really was. And BINGO – was that apparent later on in the book (yay!).
The way Riley has set-up the book, has Tyler being a bit more of an enigma. He seemed interesting, but it was told through Jon’s eyes, so you are very biased until glass flies! No, really – glass flies. After that incident, I felt Jon change so much – he was no longer holding up a mask for all, his tension and angst weren’t as severe and he started being who he truly was.
I could go on and on, but I don’t want to ruin what is truly a fantastic read. This is a good read for anyone who loves a love story. Period. The characters are very well developed, there are fun and amazing quirks throughout that have you smiling and falling in love with everything, and even the ending was perfection. Go read this book!!!