Mars . . . with Venus Rising
by Hope Toler Dougherty
A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all---including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.
Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she's worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.
When John Townsend---full of life and the joy of living---moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn't such a bad thing until she falls for him . . . and discovers he's a pilot.
My thoughts: MARS... WITH VENUS RISING is a cute contemporary romance, set, where else, but in Mars. The town, that is. Not the planet. Penn is not open for love. She has dreams. A CPA license. Losing the title of orphan. A big city and the ability to get lost in the crowd. John, on the other hand lives life in the limelight. A pilot--and almost (but not quite) as cocky as Tom Cruise on Top Gun. A crime-fighter--though he does it from the cockpit. As big as life and despite herself Penn is intrigued. Add some matchmaking aunts, a meddling horse, and a town festival and you have a romance guaranteed to send our heroine flying off into space--on a spaceship, not an airplane.
I learned something--didn't even know paperbag floors existed so I looked them up. Who knew? And the pictures I saw online indicate they look nice when done.
I enjoyed MARS...WITH VENUS RISING. It was slow... and the characters didn't really reach out, grab me, and draw me in, but it was a nice, quiet way to pass a few evenings. I won my copy through a giveaway, but am participating with Litfuse tour to help get the news out. This is a book for contemporary romance lovers who can't get enough of Beth Vogt, Becky Wade, and Melissa Tagg.
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