Book Addicts: Small-town love story pulls at your heartstrings

August 18, 2013 

  • ‘THINGS GOOD GIRLS DON’T DO’ by Codi Gary (Idaho); Avon Impulse ($6.99)

Katie has always been a good girl; the residents of Rock Canyon, Idaho, can always count on her to do the right thing. Several months ago her boyfriend of seven years left her. Now feeling as though she has not moved on, she is re-evaluating her life, making a list of things she wants to do but has always been afraid would disappoint others.

Chase Trepasso moved from Nevada five months before. He opened a tattoo parlor, much to the dismay of some of the town elders, yet he likes living life on his own terms. Although he appears to not care what others think of him, he does get angry when they make assumptions. The fact that he went to college and created a comic book series is rarely mentioned by people who look down on him.

The first time they meet, Chase knows Katie is too good for him, yet she intrigues him. He starts calling her Firecracker. When he gets a look at her list, he thinks it would be fun to help her cross off some of the items. Their relationship is a push and pull, with him doing most of the pulling back, not wanting to make a commitment. When his mother gets sick, he takes off, leaving Katie confused and hurt. Will he come back?

My take: This is simply a wonderfully engaging story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The chemistry between Katie and Chase works well, and they both need a change in their lives. I like that once Katie makes up her mind, she does not let others push her around again, and that Chase is not as much of a bad boy as people think.

My rating: I highly recommend this book: small-town romance with heart.

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