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Good Catch

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Ben and Marlo have been adversaries since elementary school. Marlo is from a family that appears to have it all. They own a fitness center and she teaches there after being unable to pursue her dream of being a ballerina after a heartbreaking injury. Ben is an investigative reporter whose family has barely made a living from the independent family-owned bakery where he helps out. After failed relationships, Ben and Marlo set out on a journey of dating that is fraught with interesting companions. Between the two of them, there is chemistry but will it be strong enough to overcome the past feelings of animosity they both harbor? Will they be able to help with the obstacles their families both face to a secure financial future? This book is an interesting and entertaining read, full of characters that are amusing and emotionally seeking love. For lovers of romance, this is a must-read. Thanks to #GoodCatch#NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Since I had really enjoyed Sweet Bliss, I was really excited to read Good Catch by this author too. The small town feeling I'm getting from the Harper Landing books, remind me why I really love small town romances. The feeling of the united community, it's just like the village life here.

This was a really sweet story, with slow burn and a few laugh out loud moments. I really loved Ben and I can relate with his character. Marlo was also a lovely character and I enjoyed their slow burn romance.

My only issue with the book was that it was too slow, as the biggest percentage of the book was about them trying the Good Catch app and going on dates with other people, instead of getting to see them together. I felt like I needed more romance or scenes with them getting closer.

Overall, it was a really nice and heartwarming story that I really enjoyed and I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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3.4 stars
Good Catch is a sweet, slow burn love story with complicated characters. Marlo and Ben are the epitome of childhood enemies, who never really got to know one another, but are finally at a place in life where they can ‘see’ one another (enemies to lovers, my favourite trope!). It’s been a while since I read such a cozy, small-town story, and Jennifer did a such a good job of describing the town that I feel like I’ve been to Harpers Landing.  

I struggled with the pacing of the story at times, as there was a lot of time spent on the details, descriptions, and scene setting, and for me personally I prefer more dialogue and less description so I found it difficult to stay engaged and invested in the story.  BUT I can be a little impatient sometimes as a reader haha so if you are a detail-oriented reader, who thrives on slow burn stories you will probably love it!

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Literary Bounds tours for the opportunity to read an ARC of Good Catch. All thoughts and opinions are my own and weren’t influenced by receiving an ARC of the book.
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3.5 stars 

This was a cute, quick read with a small town romance at the center (which I'm a sucker for). The main characters of Marlo and Ben had good chemistry and I liked the enemies to lovers feel the story took on.

There was some level of "is this too-much" for me in terms of some of the dates/exes, especially Goldie and Brittany. Because one, Goldie is an ex of Ben's that really didn't feel useful to the plot at all (and the marginal humour she brought to the story felt forced) and whatever weird scheme Brittany was doing just seemed childish and also never got resolved.

What I thought was refreshing, however, was that there was no last-third breakup scene. I liked that once they got together, the characters stayed together!
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The story 
Marlo is a former ballerina forced to quit being a professional after serious injury. She is working at her parents’s athletic centre teaching barre and spinning. When she attends the wedding of a friend the day after breaking up with her boyfriend who was cheating, her father challenges her to date someone for their personality rather than their looks. Her nemesis from school, Ben, is also at the table without his “plus one”. His parents challenge him to date someone more attractive for once. The dating game is on, when both use the Good Catch app, but is Ben too attractive for qualify as a date in Marlo’s challenge? 

My thoughts 
This is a sweet story set In Harper’s Landing on the outskirts of Seattle. Surrounded by the water and scenery, this is a story that deals with Ben’s struggle with dyslexia, the struggle of being a twenty-something finding a way to earn a living that pays the bills versus following your heart career-wise. It’s about finding love where there was misunderstanding. I kept waiting for something to derail the fledgling relationship, but thankfully kissing the frogs (both by Ben and Marlo) ended up with a sweet and kind relationship that worked for both in the end. ❤️
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What an absolutely fantastic sequel to Sweet Bliss. Good Catch by Jennifer Bardsley is book two in The Harper Landing series and it is definitely my favourite summer read. 

The story takes place in Harper Landing an idyllic small town in the PNW. Marlo, a former ballerina, has moved back home after she suffers a devastating injury that put an end to her career as a ballerina.  Marlo is now a fitness instructor at her parents gym and is trying to help them through potential financial ruin. Ben is a happy go lucky Seattle journalist, but journalism does not pay his bills. This results in Ben picking up shifts at his parents bakery in Harper Landing to earn extra money.  Both Ben and Marlo have had terrible luck in the relationship department so their parents challenge them to date people that they would never normally date. Oh boy, what a hilarious, awkward, and uncomfortable ride that is! But eventually Ben and Marlo, who were once sworn enemies, discover they have way more in common then they ever realized.

This is such a sweet, romantic, funny, thoughtful and feel good book.  I love how Jennifer Bardsley always addresses important issues in her novels, such as single parenting, Alzheimer’s, dyslexia, MS and stresses the importance of community, family and friendship. 

Thank you so much Jennifer Bardsley, NetGalley and Montclair for sending me an electronic ARC copy of Good Catch. Definitely a five star read for me. I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a book 3 in the Harper Landing Series.
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I really enjoyed this story. It's a clean read, and on a similar line to pride and prejudice whereby first impressions can give you a mistaken view of someone, but it's a thoroughly modern story. Both characters were really likable, and the ex girlfriends were really funny due to their eccentricity. I almost wish the author hadn't given the side characters endings in this book so it could've spawned spin off stories for them, as I enjoyed it so much. I couldn't put it down and had to survive on caffeine the day after reading due to staying up too late to finish it, that's how much I liked it
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Good Catch by Jennifer Bardsley is a sweet and quick read. Marlo Jonas has returned to her hometown after an injury that ended her career as a professional dancer and is working at her parents fitness studio. Ben Wexler-Lowry is a reporter, who loves his job. They both experience a series of dating disasters, which provide them with some common ground. Marlo and Ben have been arch enemies since kindergarten, but this book ends up showing how misunderstandings and assumptions can really get in the way. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
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Jennifer Bardsley’s, Good Catch, is a sweet romance about finding out that who you want to be – and be with – has been within reach the whole time. 
Marlo Jonas came back to live in her hometown after an injury ended her career as a professional dancer. In the wake of a bad breakup, her father – who is also her employer– challenges her to date men based on who they are rather than how they look. 
Ben Wexler-Lowry loves his job as a reporter and his family and friends love him – but they don’t love watching his ex-girlfriends either mother him, stalk him, or menace him with balloon animals. He is challenged by his parents to date a woman based on her attractiveness and not her eccentricities. 
At first, you’d think Marlo and Ben would commiserate but they’ve been arch enemies since grade school, and it takes a series of dating disasters before the two of them find common ground. As Ben helps Marlo figure out a way to make her parent’s gym profitable and find a deeper satisfaction in her new career path, they begin to clear up the misunderstandings that have kept them apart all these years. Readers will empathize with Marlo and Ben’s desire to find a little more separation from the people they love without alienating them.
Bardsley is a talented writer with a gift for conveying all the foibles and charms of small town life. Perfect for those who enjoyed her charming debut, Sweet Bliss, Bardsley’s standout sophomore effort is a wonderful romance with equal parts humor and heart.
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I genuinely loved this story. I feel like it could be the perfect Hallmark movie. I’m always a fan of enemies to lovers, and this book did not disappoint. The love interest is absolute perfection and quickly turned into my favorite and my top choice for Marlo! If you’re a fan of feel good romance stories with quirky exes and a beautiful plot line, then this is the book for you!
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- Book Review -⁣
Book: Good Catch (Jennifer Bardsley)⁣
Rating: 5⭐️
Genre: Sweet romance
Smut: -
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Summary:⁣ Marlo, a former ballerina turned into fitness instructor, finds her boyfriend cheating on her and swears to date only guys based on their heart and not their looks. Ben, formerly dating only women that are on the crazy scale of interesting, promises to aim higher and only date ladies that are out of his league. So it is time to put the Good Catch app to use - and let the games begin!

Favourite character: Marlo.⁣
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To whom: To fans of small-town charm, rivals to lovers (you honestly can't use the term "enemy" with this book!) and sweet stories!
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Additional notes:⁣
Simply put: I adore Harper Landing. I admired how dyslexia was incorporated into the story and how I just could  not stop turning the pages. Also, I’m a huge fan of the characters not swelling on obstacles life throws their way but instead always looking and moving forward! A solid 5 stars, add this book on your TBR!

Thank you so much Jennifer Bardsley, Montlake and NetGalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion!
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Good Catch is book 2 in the Harper Landing Series.  I suggest reading in order as you will enjoy them more.  I loved the 2nd book just as much as the first.  It's like being transported into another place.  The details and characters seem so real.  The story kept me turning pages!   Former Ballerina Marlo and reporter Ben have had some rocky relationships that never workout.  On a dare from their parents they have been challenged to date out of their normal comfort zone.  It is such a good book, I don't think 5 stars is enough!
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Return to Harper Landing and prepare to fall in love. Good Catch is a delightful story of childhood nemeses who are looking for love and turn to a dating app to find it. Bardsley's characters are entertaining, relatable and touch on important issues of empathy, friendship, loyalty and determination. Her brilliant portrayal of a small town community makes Good Catch a story readers can take to heart. Some may even catch glimpses of their own childhood towns, dreams and rivalries.  

Marlo is a protagonist who is misunderstood by many. As her character unfolds, she reveals she's more than anyone expects her to become. Her awakening to not only her own potential but the realities and potential of others will draw you in and keep you turning pages throughout the book. 

 I enjoyed the first Harper Landing book, Sweet Bliss, but I believe Good Catch is even better. I sincerely hope a third installment of Harper Landing will be in the works next year.
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