Also by this author: Heidi's Guide To Four Letter Words
Series: Summersweet Island #1
on July 24,2020
Genres: RomCom, sports romance
Tropes: Enemies-to-Lovers, Smalltown Romance
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“Palmer ‘Pal’ Campbell has epic breakdown on the 18th hole of the Bermuda Open! Video at 11.”
After spending my entire pro golfing career being known as the quiet, controlled, no-nonsense golfer on the tour, there’s nothing more humiliating than throwing all of that down the drain—or into a water hazard—on national television. Needing some place to hide, to lick my wounds and figure out what I even want to do with my life once this blows over, I can only think of one place I need to be. Summersweet Island, where everyone treats me like one of their own, and they’ll all be happy to have me home again.
Well, except maybe one person. It’s been two years since I last set foot on Summersweet Island or spoke to anyone there. But I’m sure Birdie Bennett, my best friend since I was 15 and the clubhouse manager of my favorite golf course, has had plenty of time to forgive me for that tiny little misunderstanding where I blocked her on social media and blocked her in my phone. Oh, and I guess I kind of, sort of accused her of being a stalker. It’s fine!
Once my sexy, spunky, former best friend gets over the shock of seeing me again and stops trying to drive a 9-iron into my skull, I can finally let her know I’ve also kind of, sort of always been in love with her...
It’s always hard to review books you had issues with yet still enjoyed. It’s challenging to find the balance between explaining the good stuff and the things that bothered me and still make the reader of my review believe they’ll have a good time anyway. But let me try anyway.
I love Tara Sivec’s brand of rom-com. They are funny as hell and always have pretty awesome characters. In KISS MY PUTT we meet Birdie, who manages the local golf club on tiny Summersweet Island, off the coast of Virginia, where everyone sticks their nose in everybody’s business. Birdie’s peace of mind is disrupted when her former best friend, now enemy returned to the island after having shot his reputation as one of the most balanced and polite golf players on the international scene all the way to hell. And she is tasked with fixing his reputation.
Palmer’s public explosion comes with one big bonus – he can retreat to the place he loved most until two years ago, when he stopped all communication with Birdie. Now he wants to go back and fix what he broke and win Birdie’s heart while he’s at it. Not an easy task seeing how she hates his guts.
This story was based on the miscommunication and often total lack of communication between two people. This is one of my pet peeves in books and while I wasn’t a big fan of both Birdie and Palmer being incapable of talking about their past, thoughts, issues and feelings without a lot of prodding they were still endearing characters. Birdie was a tough woman with a gooey core and I lived for the sisterhood she had with her best friend Tess and her sister Wren. What frustrated me was that she knew exactly that she was being obstinate and instead of speaking up about the things she wanted she let things eat her up inside. This is a strong, independent woman who was complaining about her incapability to communicate. She also didn’t really like to listen unless she was forced to. Yet I really liked her.
“I just don’t get why you haven’t admitted you’re in love with him. Now, and always. I mean, for fuck’s sake, Birdie, this is why the two of you spent fifteen years being miserable. Because you didn’t communicate and say how you felt.”
“Stop telling me something I already know and beat myself up about every damn day!”
Palmer was a dreamboat. A huge horndog, because no page passed without him mentioning the hard-on he had for Birdie, but a dreamboat nonetheless. He was so openly in love with Birdie, but he too had issues to say important things. Like how the fall-out of his public display of rage against his dad affected him. Or why he stopped taking to her. He just blocked her and turned his back on their friendship. Yet, I really liked him.
“I wanted to hold your hand down Summersweet Lane, I wanted to kiss you in front of the arcade, and I wanted to have you in my arms while we ordered ice cream, because I finally can. I want to give you the world, Birdie. Everything you’ve ever wanted. But for tonight, I just wanted to kiss my girl in front of the arcade without worrying about her kicking me in the balls.”
The supporting cast of KISS MY PUTT is so well fleshed out, they were almost a second set of main characters. Palmer’s best friend Bodhi was hilarious, as was Tess, who was the kind of loyal friend who’s bring the shovel if there was a body to hide.
I was really curious about this story – golf is an unsexy kind of sports to me and I was confident that I’d want to swing a club after being done with the first in Tara Sivec’s new series. And let me tell you, I was not wrong. The author adds a lot of steam and sexual tension to the mix and the end result is a roaring-laughter-inducing slow-burn small-town romance that entertains for hours.
“After dinner, you wanna sneak a couple of beers, get drunk behind the saltwater taffy place, and then let me touch your boobs?” Palmer asks, wagging his eyebrows up and down, and making me laugh at how ridiculous he is and how I was a complete fool for thinking all the times he left this island before hurt like a bitch.