Review: When It Pours by Lili Valente (The McGuire Brothers #3.5)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

When It Pours is a brand-new novella in Lili Valente's McGuire Brothers series, and this time around, it's a McGuire cousin who gets his shot at going after his happily-ever-after--one that's eluded him for a decade and a half. Yup, I'm talking about Theodore McGuire, aka Theo, who had a crush on Starling Baxter, who in turn had a crush on Theo's cousin, Christian (Boss Me Around, book three in The McGuire Brothers). His is a second-chance romance shared with his first love, Macy Mallard, and a miniature pig named Pippa Jane.

It's been fifteen years since Macy Mallard drove away from her hometown of Bad Dog, Minnesota at eighteen. The place hasn't been home in a long time, but it's a town that holds some good memories, most of which she shared with Theo McGuire. So naturally, now that she's trapped in her uncle's cabin that's rapidly taking in water due to a nasty storm and overflowing river and fearing she and her pet pig, Pippa Jane, are perilously close to being swept away, she decides to give him a call and profess her unfailing love for him. Of course, Theo comes to her rescue...until he ends up needing rescuing himself! What fate awaits these erstwhile lovers and the perfectly precocious pet pig that is Pippa?

Usually, I require a fair amount of groveling when it comes to a second-chance romance that has one main character leaving behind the other main character, but Macy and Theo's story didn't really need to come to that, what with being stuck in a flooded cabin with no help in sight feeling like a confessional of sorts. I'm a sucker for open and honest communication, and we get that in spades with these two. I loved Macy's independent spirit and her adoration of Pippa. And Theo? His understanding of Macy's needs made him even more swoon-worthy. Bonus points go to Pippa, and five stars for When It Pours!

Release Date: 01 September 2023

Date Read: 27 August 2023

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