It's Kelli and I'd like to welcome you to our stop on the Serendipity Blog Tour!
Author: Stacey Bentley
Release Date: June 15, 2013
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Fiction
The saying goes that there is a fine line between love and hate...but what happens when the line becomes blurred?
When life hands Phoebe Andrews her dream job, she’s ecstatic. That is, until she realizes that in order to pursue her dream she’ll have to give up her cosmopolitan lifestyle in Chicago and move to Nashville. As if leaving all she knows behind wasn’t enough, a car accident on her first day in town does nothing to convince the city girl that country living is all it’s cracked up to be.
As an only child, Dean Montgomery has obligations—obligations which have left him angry at the world. Just as his monotone life has begun to leave him jaded, he is brought back to earth with a bang...literally.
Fate conspires to bring the city girl and the country boy together, but can Dean stay out of trouble long enough for the pair to test the boundaries of their tempestuous relationship?
We are introduced first to Phoebe, and she's not the typical heroine we read about these days. She didn't go to college. Instead, she went to work straight out of high school and has a great job. She ends up snagging a huge promotion but has to move from Chicago to Nashville if she accepts. She does. Her first day there she is in a car accident with the attractive farm boy, Dean. Tall, dark, muscular, and handsome, Dean is the country boy who is bored with his simple life. Both characters have issues and throwing them together was a bit of a recipe for disaster.
The relationship between Phoebe and Dean was strange. Initially they hated each other, but as the story progresses, they come to care for each other. To be honest, when I first started reading, I couldn't stand Phoebe. She comes off as a stuck-up bitch - and that is only confirmed in her early interactions with Dean. Her outlook on life was also odd. She didn't see the point in saving money, so she bought designer clothes. And her "dating" rules gave her a more manly outlook on love. Dean stole all of my sympathies from the time he was introduced. His parents treated him like a young teenage boy instead of a man. He was bored with his life and wanted more, but didn't really have the opportunity (or the heart) to make changes. He is by far my favorite in this book. I'm not saying he is a perfect character. Dean was definitely less courteous southern boy and more bitter asshole, but he had reasons. The banter between the two was sometimes funny and other times I felt the need to smack them.
I think Serendipity is a cute, light read. There are no crazy secrets being harbored. I like the alternating POV - being in each of their heads gives you knowledge that becomes necessary so you don't go crazy wondering why they do certain things. My only issue with the story is pacing. We go from days to weeks then all of the sudden months, ending after years. Other than that, I recommend for anyone who enjoys a quick love story.