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Release Day Review! ALONG CAME THE GIRL by Kacie West

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Lieutenant Owen Mckinley swore to uphold the two cardinal rules at his new firehouse.

1. No drama
2. No dating the chief’s daughter

But three shots, two margaritas, and one spider steered Little Miss Muffet straight into his arms. He had no idea the blazing beauty was the boss’s daughter until it was too late.

Now two pink lines sent everything up in smoke.

Can they find a way to turn one night into more or will it all go up in flames?

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Another adorably smutty nursery tale retelling, this one of Miss Muffet! (minus the curds and whey, plus a side of extra spiders…)

Along Came the Girl is a really cute one night stand; oops, did we use the condom right?; what do you mean my brand new boss is your dad? story. (TBH I was a little less than thrilled with how drunk they both were during their fateful first night together–we see it from Owen’s POV but it’s clear neither one of them is clearheaded enough to be doing what they’re doing. It accomplishes what they need for the plot to move forward, but condoms are only 90-something percent effective when used under *perfect* lab conditions, so was it really necessary? )

Owen and Cece are absolutely adorable together, even if both Owen and I almost had about 20 heart attacks before they told her dad what was going on. For a guy who wasn’t interested in anything permanent anytime soon–a previous relationship went very, very bad–he sure went awful fast from mind-his-own-business bachelor to bringing Cece meals on every shift and fixing all the stuff at her apartment that needed fixing, not that neither of us is complaining. 😉

An absolutely adorable ending, with fun little tie-ins to other books by pseudonym Kacie and IRL authors Jenni Bara and AJ Ranney, this one can absolutely work as a standalone. I’m still not sure how I feel about the fictional author from Jenni’s books (Kacie) writing the “real” people she knows (ie Evans boys/Metro players) into her fiction, though…not that it’s going to stop me from reading and enjoying them, mind you, it’s just odd.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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