My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Beautiful Things Shoppe was a better story than the first book in this series, The Hideaway Inn. The main characters were more likeable and a better fit as a couple.
There are a few tropes in this story: enemies to lovers, opposites attract, forced proximity, and The Big Misunderstanding. I don’t have strong feelings either way about these tropes, so my opinions in this review are based solely on The Beautiful Things Shoppe.
Prescott and Danny butt heads from page one. Their bickering is childish, and they act much younger than their age: mid-thirties, I believe. The author drills in their differences to the point where it began feeling over the top. I get it, they are different.
I did enjoy the antique shopping trip they take together. This is when their attraction to and affection for each other come through.
The Big Misunderstanding is where the story lost me.. Danny’s motivation for keeping secrets from Prescott didn’t make sense to me. I feel like there were other ways he could have kept some of his identity from Prescott without outright lying.
Overall, The Beautiful Things Shoppe was a decent read with the right amount of cuteness and sweetness to keep me reading until the end.
***Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.***