Review: Love Rehab by Louise Bay

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

Love Rehab is my first Louise Bay read--though I do have several of her other books on my e-reader--and it's a contemporary romance about two people who find themselves at a crossroads in their respective lives. The last thing they expect, though, is for the roads to intersect, leaving them confused for a good long while but also receiving the clarification they both need much later on. Nearly thirty, Mackenzie Locke has experienced three failed engagements, the most recent one leading her to drag her two best friends with her from Boston to Oklahoma to experience five days at the McKenna Ranch, which she dubs the Love Rehab. Before their immersion commences, however, Mackenzie and her friends go to a bar, where she proceeds to grab the attention of a man she thinks of as "uncowboy", having been born and raised in Christie, Oklahoma but not sounding or looking anything like what a cowboy should. They hook up and go their separate ways. The last thing Mackenzie expects is to lock eyes with Blake once again. Only this time, she learns his last name is McKenna...whose family owns the ranch she's at and whose sister Brianna is heading the Love Rehab. Hooking up again has "bad idea" stamped all over it, but can something as good as how they feel when they're together--and not just when they're having sex--really be a bad thing? Mackenzie is about to learn a whole lot about herself and her idea of love at the Love Rehab.

I confess that my expectations for it were rather high for an author whose work I had never previously read, basing it solely on reviews I've read and on recommendations I've received. With that in mind, I wouldn't say that said expectations were met but I did enjoy the book and found it to be a fairly engaging read with an interesting premise and two likable main characters surrounded by equally likable supporting characters. Mackenzie and Blake discovered new things about themselves while they were in Oklahoma. I liked the connection they shared and felt that they were good for one another, even though there were a lot of times where it was almost as if they found themselves confused by the musings and things they learned while at the ranch. The amount of time they were together may be thought of as too short for two people to really fall in love but you need to keep in mind that they were in each other's company during that period and that's like cramming together a lot of getting-to-know-you dates in a shortened time frame. I know this is a standalone, but I'm also hoping the supporting characters--Kennedy, Rose, and the rest of the McKenna siblings (Brianna, Bentley, and Barrett)--will also find their own happily-ever-afters later on. Love Rehab was a good introduction to Louise Bay's writing and it won't be my last read penned by her. This was a story about trusting in yourself, your heart, and your gut and it's getting four stars. ♥

Date Read: 12 December 2016

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