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July 7, 2015

Loved It: Something To Prove by Kimberly Lang

Series: Magnolia Beach 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Signet
Source: Publisher 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

In the small waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, Alabama, people may forgive, but they never forget—especially when it comes to scandalous reputations, juicy gossip, and a sexy new flame.

Former wild child Helena Wheeler was happy to leave behind her hometown—and her sordid past—for Atlanta twelve years ago. But when her grandmother suffers an injury, Helena has no choice but to return, even if it means facing down all the people who have shunned her.

Ryan Tanner went from being a football legend in high school to Magnolia Beach’s young, hot bachelor mayor. As a teenager, he never wanted anything to do with a girl like Helena. But when she hires Ryan to do some construction in her grandmother’s house, he finds that she’s grown up into a different person—one he quite likes.

For Helena, confronting her past has its share of surprises—and falling for the resident golden boy was definitely not on her to-do list. But will her reformed ways be enough to get her back in the town’s good graces, or will her reputation keep Helena and Ryan apart for good?




Oi! SOMETHING TO PROVE from Kimberly Lang's new series, Magnolia Beach, is a delightful and perfect Summer romance read! I love everthing about this novel from the small town setting, down to the romance. The blurb hints at somewhat of a serious plot, but it's really light, funny, and romantic. Helena came home to tend to her grandmother and her homecoming set off Magnolia Beach's rumor mill, not everyone is happy to see Helena. But with the bad comes some good. Friendships were renewed and Helena found herself a beau in the end. 

Let me start with the characters. Helena is a great lead to this story. She's very spunky, super independent, witty, while remaining compassionate and kind hearted despite the town painting her as this social pariah.  Helena might've been infamous back in high school, definitely an outsider, but I think I would want to be friends with her back then. Her feats were legendary which explains why a lot of the townsfolk are a bit wary of her homecoming. As for Ryan, he and Helena were HS batchmates and though they weren't friends, they know of each other. Eligible is the adjective that comes to mind when I think of Ryan. He's the perfect Southern Gentleman that anybody would be proud to bring home for Sunday lunch. 

There's no insta-anything here. The romance felt very gradual, filled with tension, not antagonistic at all. Helena and Ryan's relationship went through levels and I enjoyed seeing them fumble and grope around in denial before they finally realized they're in love. SOMETHING TO PROVE is one of those light romances that's full of love with a huge dose of humor. The small town setting combined with the colorful secondary characters added charm to the story. I was very much entertained and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.



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27 comments:

  1. Delightful and perfect with romance sounds great, and like I need to get my hand on

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    1. Yeah, you've been having a DNF streak. I think it's time for a change :)

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  2. Hmm, new to me author Braine and I love small town novels. Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome!

      I checked her GR page, she has a few romances out already.

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  3. It does sound like the perfect summer book :D

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    1. Tis the summer for sweet romances!

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  4. Oh that sounds fantastic! I'd missed that one. Will add it to the list now :) And yay for no insta-things :D

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    1. I hope you get around to trying this soon!

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  5. A well-done romance in a small town setting. All I need is some cold lemonade and my evening should be all set :)

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    1. Since this is set in the South, hope about sweet tea for you my friend?

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  6. That cover is so pretty...And I love small town romances in the summer! Sounds like a great read!

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    1. It is! It really felt like a book vacation

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  7. Ahh... I need a light, lovely summery romance, and this one sounds fantastic. I will go look it up.

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    1. Fantastic! I think this is more up your alley than Swerve!

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  8. Looks like you're on a good streak with the review books :D

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    1. *knock on wood* I don't want to jinx it!

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  9. I didn't really take to Helena, but the rest of the book was a hit with me. Love the small town summer setting, too.

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    1. I saw your review, I can see where you're coming from.

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  10. It's always nice to have a sweet summer read like that presentif a good romance.

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    1. It's the season for it, that's for sure!

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  11. This sounds like a fun summery romance! I like small town settings as well, they are just so fun to read about! And that's nice there is no insta love and you liked the characters. Great review!

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    1. I wanted to move to Magnolia Beach

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  12. Something to Prove sounds fantastic, Braine! It has some of my favorite ingredients for a great story: romance, small town, and happy feelings :) The added bonus of no insta-love is almost impossible to pass on, so I'm adding this to my TBR ;)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  13. Ooh, I love a Southern setting for a romance, Braine. And I like that this sounds like a slow-burn love affair. I'll have to check it out.

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    1. Tell me more about Hawaii! Magnolia Beach has nothing on Aloha land!

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  14. I love small town settings and fun storylines like this. You can spot them a mile away from the cozy covers. Thanks for the review. I added it to my TBR.

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