Labeled by: Jenni Linn

” When you grow up in a small town like Great Meadows, you learn to create your own entertainment. You can either spend your time getting high, partying at The Field, or working on cars. For Veronica Russo, there’s a certain solace found underneath the hood.

As the youngest sibling of the Russo Family, Veronica is under the watchful eyes of her four older brothers. Four very protective, very overbearing, and very outspoken brothers. Every guy in town knows Veronica’s label—Strictly Off-Limits. They have succeeded in enforcing it; running off every guy that so much as looks in her direction. That is, until Chase arrives back in town.

Close family friend and motor head, Chase Daniels, returns from his deployment and his world is turned upside down when he comes face to face with Veronica again; shocked to find that she is all grown up. The more he surrounds himself in her company, the more he feels an intense pull towards her. There’s just one problem—his best friends won’t allow it.

Is the fallout of life-long friendships worth the possibility of something more? “

***I received a copy of this book from the author. Jenni had put out a call on Tiktok asking if any reviewers would be interested in reading her book. After reading the summary, and me loving small-town romance, I volunteered. ***

Anyone who knows my reading habits know I’m a sucker for small-town romance and the “falling for the brother’s best friend” trope. I will say, as this is set in a small town, the pace does feel slower than a lot of romances set in bigger cities. We get to see two people, in their day-to-day life, as they realize their feelings for each other have evolved and are potentially growing into something more.

Both Veronica and Chase are car people so there is a lot of car talk. I’ve always appreciated the outer exterior or cars but don’t know much about their inner workings so a lot of the car talk went over my head.

The story was cute and actually reminded me of my best friend and her husband who both met because of the car circuit in the bay area (San Francisco Bay area)…best friends for 6 years before he confessed his feelings for her and she took a chance…and now they’ve been happily married for over a year. Although it wasn’t four older (blood related) brothers…my friend’s husband had to face her 5 protective male friends who grew up with her like brothers.

Veronica and Chase both care for each other and want more from their relationship, but both have to weigh the risk of changing from friends to more. Chase grew up with the Russo brothers, feeling like part of the family…so it’s a huge risk to admit his feelings for Veronica (the youngest of the Russo family). I love how much Chase thinks about the feelings of Veronica’s family and really weighs the pros and cons of pursuing his feelings for Veronica.

I really enjoyed this sweet romance and look forward to getting to know more about the other Russo’s and see their love stories unfold…especially after reading that last sentence. Also, all the brother’s different “V” names kept getting mixed up in my head so I look forward to seeing their individual love stories unfold so it’s easier for me to remember who has what personality types…in general I struggle with remembering character names…so having a lot of names that start with the same letter…well I got lost sometimes.

If you love sweet small-town romances or the falling for the brother’s best friend trope I think you’ll really enjoy this story!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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