Thursday, 1 June 2017

Review: Positively Pippa by Sarah Hegger

From author Sarah Hegger comes an exciting new series set in small-town Utah, where secrets don’t keep for long—and love turns up in the most unexpected places.

For Pippa Turner there’s only one place to go when her life self-destructs on national TV—home to Ghost Falls, and her heavily perfumed, overly dramatic, but supremely loving grandmother, Philomene. If anyone will understand how Pippa’s hit makeover show was sabotaged by her vengeful ex, it’s Phi. But she’s not the only one who’s happy to see her—and Pippa can’t help but wonder if Matt Evans, her gorgeous high-school crush turned Phi’s contractor, is game for a steamy close-up…

Matt owes his whole career to Phi and her constant demands to embellish the gothically ridiculous house he built for her. Getting to see red-headed, red-hot Pippa is a bonus, especially now that she’s no longer the troublesome teenager he remembers. He’s willing to stay behind the scenes while she gives her own life a much-needed makeover, but not forever. As far as he’s concerned, their connection is too electric to ignore. And the chance to build something lasting between them—before she can high-tail it back to Hollywood—is going to the top of his to-do list…

A new novel by Ms Hegger...yes, please!

Pippa Turner temporarily leaves her life in Los Angeles to travel incognito to Ghost Falls after her television career crashes. With her reputation in tatters, she heads to her grandmother's home to re-charge her batteries and to create a plan to clear her name and get her life back on track. However, seeing Matt Evans again reawakens desires for her once high school crush. With expectations to leave as quickly as she arrives, Pippa's torn between her old life and the potential to start rebuilding a future in the town she couldn't wait to leave.

Matt Evans is thirty-six years old and his life is passing him by. After taking over the failing family business barely a year after graduation high school, he's made sacrifices to keep is the family together. When Pippa returns to the house he built for her grandmother, it ignites long buried feelings. Only, she's only here until her life is back on track. That's until fate steps in and changes the course of his life.

Well written, Ms Hegger latest novel has lived up to my expectations. It's highly entertaining and laugh out loud funny in places, yet the issues the protagonists have to address are very real. Pippa is attempting to ignore and overcome people's prejudice opinions and it is heart-warming Matt believes that what everyone saw isn't what actually happened. He needs to prioritise his own life and point out to his loved ones he needs to fulfil his own ambitions and desires. Something easier said than done, yet with Pippa and two of his brothers on his side to assist plus the addition of a little manipulative interfering called Phi, the narrative is a wonderful balance between sexy and heartfelt emotions.

With a supporting cast of adorable characters, the foundations are there for more delightful tales from Ghost Falls and I can't wait to read their stories. Whether you're familiar with the author or not, you'll love this first book in this new series.

***arc generously received courtesy of the publisher Zebra via NetGalley***