Tuesday, October 18, 2022
✱✱Book Review✱✱ Love In Dayton Valley Series by Nikki Ashton
Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐
I don't know how I missed Nikki Ashton before now, but this series has her firmly on my radar. I expected a steamy romance/chick-lit type of story, and I got that, but I didn't expect it to be nearly as funny as it is. This first Love in Dayton Valley book had me laughing all the way through. It's maybe a little long for a RomCom, but it's loads of fun - even the angst is funny. Hunter and Ellie are a cute couple. There are lots of fireworks, both verbal and sexual as this pair pushes back and forth. Ellie is maybe a little too stubborn, and some things are over the top, but I was thoroughly invested in this couple. Then we have the town, which is practically a character all its own. It's packed full of quirky characters of all ages, but the over 40 crowd steals the show pretty much every time they hit the page. Ellie's parents and Hunter's aunts are absolute hoots. So, if you need to lighten your mood with a few laughs and you want a story to get lost in for a bit of escapism, The Triple Threat is a good bet.
Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐
This second Love in Dayton Valley book gives us a surprise baby for Bronte and Carter. These two butt heads nearly as often as they fall all over each other, and they find themselves in some hilarious situations. I'll admit that I wasn't crazy about Carter at first. I didn't really care for him in the first Dayton Valley book, finding him rude and self-centered. Honestly, he's still rude and somewhat self-centered here, but it turns out that he is redeemable. I guess the best way to sum up my feelings about Carter is that I wouldn't choose him for me, but he and Bronte fit perfectly. She's strong enough that she doesn't let him by with anything, and he works hard to prove himself. The Jackpot Screwer is as funny as I expected after what I found in the first book, and I love that Nikki Ashton uses so many real-life situations for the humor. Those situations may be over the top sometimes, but they're still laugh-out-loud funny. And I've gotta say that I'm totally smitten with this town. It's a great place to visit when you need to laugh.
Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I started hoping for Jefferson's book as soon as I met him in the first Love in Dayton Valley romance, and Nikki Ashton doesn't disappoint. To start, just look at that cover! All the covers in this series have been fabulous, but this one is a special kind of hot, especially if you're partial to cowboys. I would've been drawn to this one based on the cover alone, but it doesn't stop there. The sexy that is Jefferson Delaney comes through the pages so loud and clear that I thought more than once how lucky Kitty is. That said, this one was emotional for me. I can relate to Jefferson's circumstances with a loss even more recent than his, so Nikki Ashton's well-timed wit and talent for creating hilarious situations were greatly appreciated. It kept the emotion from being overwhelming. Jefferson and Kitty make a great couple, and they're around my own age, which isn't always easy to find in romance these days. So far, Jefferson and Kitty are my favorite Dayton Valley couple. Of course, we get some time with other quirky characters in this crazy town., which is something I've started to look forward to. The many colorful characters are some of my favorite things about this series. I find myself looking forward to time with Ellie's parents, Bronte's younger brother, Hunter's aunts... the list goes on, but suffice it to say that whether you come for the romance, the town, the steam, or a combination of all of it, you can't go wrong with this series.
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