Brooklyn Manning thought her life was perfect in every way, until it crumbled down around her and turned into a dumpster fire. With her pride wounded and her tail tucked between her legs, she leaves New York and goes back to her tiny hometown of White Timber, Montana.
No more twenty-four-hour taco trucks, no more shopping at the best designer stores within walking distance, no more giving taxi drivers the finger when they angrily honk at her. She didn’t think it could get any worse. But then Clint Hastings walked into the room and insulted her.
Her arch nemesis from high school is no longer a nerdy computer whiz, masturbating to pictures in PC World magazine in his free time (allegedly). He’s grown up to be a hot-as-hell cowboy, and she has no other choice but to be a smart ass right back to him. After all, it’s what they do. It’s what they’ve always done, and twelve years apart hasn’t changed anything.
Only this time, getting under each other’s skin is a hell of a lot more fun than it used to be.
When I started the prologue of this book, I thought Brooklyn was a vacuous, stuck-up, nightmare. I wasn’t sold on her, but I knew Tara Sivec would deliver and I needed to see Brooklyn be better than my initial impression. I wasn’t disappointed. Her growth arc was terrific, and I was quite happy to see her come to realize that the illusion of something doesn’t always translate when you’re able to look back and take in the full picture impartially. Brooklyn changed, grew, learned a lot about herself, and completely redeemed herself in my eyes.
I loved the snarky, silly mutual harassment Brooklyn and Clint engaged in; especially that it didn’t end once things became more serious and caring between them. Their humor and good-natured ribbing were what made them such a great couple, and I was so happy they didn’t quit in fear of hurting their partner. They were really a wonderful couple and that they could be 100% themselves around each other made their connection that much more special.
For all the humor in The Simple Life, there were also plenty of incredibly poignant moments. Tara Sivec spun some challenging situations into Brooklyn and Clint’s lives with grace and allowed them to grow and learn from them in beautiful, organic ways. I was especially fond of the mirroring of Brooklyn’s childhood with that of Clint’s daughters; it gave them something pivotal to build their relationship on and made their bond stronger than it may have been otherwise.
Tara Sivec is about the only person who I look forward to reading romcoms from. Even when the comedy is a little too on the nose for me, she finds a way to turn it into something smart and relevant to the characters. I love that she weaves heavier subject matter into her romcoms and allows those emotional situations time to breathe and develop without bringing the levity of tempo of the book down.
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, babysitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She writes in a wide range of genres including Romantic Comedy, Romantic Comedy/Mystery, Romantic Suspense, New Adult Drama, Contemporary Romance and Psychological Thriller. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.