Tuesday, May 14, 2024

LOYALLY, LUKE by Pepper Basham, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

The third in a series and the icing on the cake of delightfully funny stories taking place in Skymar.
After Luke lands in Skymar and has a meet cute with Ellie in the airport, he texts cousin Izzy and sister Penelope. As usual, meddling Penelope has a runaway imagination and plots the future love life of Luke through romantic fiction tropes and Hallmark movie scenarios, complete with *chimes*. This is a hilarious but heartfelt story. We see just how likeable, loveable and legendary Luke can be when he is just being himself and befriends Ellie, the secret Princess and the workers and kids at the orphanage he is rehabbing.
The texts from Izzy and Penelope are over the top funny and the signature Pepper Basham closet scene has a clever twist. I loved so much about this book including the movie references from The Princess Bride to Jason Bourne to LOTR to Star Wars. And the amusing witty banter and silly trope references to a Happily Ever After were so much fun!
If you are looking for a feel good rom-com that has an uplifting message and a subtle faith thread you cannot go wrong with Loyally Luke. This one is too good to miss.
*I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author and via NetGalley. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are mine alone.*5 stars and a subtle faith thread

BackCover Blurb:

Sometimes love means embracing the good, the bad . . . and even the impossible.

Dear Reader,

My name is Luke Edgewood, and there are few things in life that I require. Mainly black coffee. And flannel. And lots of solitude. And my dogs, Chewy and Indie. What I don’t need is romance, so I have no plans to change my thirty-year-old bachelor status anytime soon.

But my youngest sister thinks that by accepting a short-term construction job in the small European country of Skymar, I’m going to follow along in her footsteps and discover my own romantic adventure. Nope. Bah humbug. The End. This time, her rom-com-movie senses are totally wrong.

Or maybe not. Because I’ve met a Grace Kelly look-alike who is annoying . . . until she isn’t. But she is impossible. As in, nothing can happen between us because she is a literal princess. Even though that’s easy to forget when we’re working together to restore a castle-like orphanage in a secluded mountain town and “forced proximity” includes a small closet, a secret one-hundred-year-old journal, and the tactile memory of an off-limits royal in my arms.

Basically, the whole situation has turned into an ooey gooey magical snow globe of romantic tropes complete with cute kids and an actual ball. Now, even my sentences are starting to sound like mush. Ugh. Send high levels of testosterone my way—I’m going to need it.



-Witty, hilarious, and heartwarming contemporary romance
-A sweet, kisses-only romance
-Stand-alone novel
-Book length: approximately 107,000 words
-Includes discussion questions for book clubs
Thomas Nelson Publishing, May, 2024
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