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To Get to the Other Side

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I liked this book but overall didn't leave me feeling any type of way.

One of the main characters is a chicken and one of them is an adult named Bear so... yeah..

I would definitely read another book from this author because I think she has great potential, this one wasn't the story for me.

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I understand that this book was going to have to do with a chicken due to the cover and the title but like OH MY STARS why is the chicken like the main character?? Like I'm sorry I didn't sign up to read a romance book where the romance is essentially the side story to the chicken like I assumed the chicken would be their meet cute and set up the story not be the whooooole story! I wasn't a fan of our MFC who is quirky and not like other girls or the MMC who is oh so boring cause he basically is just a walking hard on for the MFC like come on give the dude a personality! I'm not a fan of insta love especially insta love based on love at first sight.

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This is a grumpy/sunshine roomies to lovers romance that will keep you laughing. The MCs were so cute and this was such a fun, easy read. Definitely recommend!

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I did not finish this book. The blurb sounded intriguing, but unfortunately the story did not hold my attention. I hate to give up on a book, but I’ve learned it’s not worth it to waste time on something that does not bring me joy.

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This was a fun, clean romance that was very unique when it comes to romance and with unique names. Trixie and Bear meet when Trixie decides to slam on her brakes and get out of her car in the middle of the city all to help a chicken and drove off. I did enjoy this book but I didn't love it b/c this one has alot of miscommunications and I really struggle with that trope. When are authors going to realize its not a popular trope? But nonetheless, I would still recommend to others if they are looking for a light and clean romance read.

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Thank you, NetGalley for thr ARC!

When I got the chicken crossing the road reference, the plot and pacing was not for me. I tried to appreciate the story but the only redeeming point for me was Bear. I found him sweet and nice. I enjoyed a few bits of banter between the characters and always clap at happy endings. But I feel the novel lacks some ooomph to make you want for more.

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Unfortunately I struggled to get through this book. It had all of the elements for a sweet romance but it didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t connect to the characters and found myself so bored that I DNF quite early on.

There is definitely an audience for this type of insta love romance, but it was not for me.

As a rule, I do not publish reviews for books I didn’t finish, so I will not be posting this on Goodreads. Thank you to Netgalley and publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

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Debut book by the author that starts off with a "Why did the chicken cross the road" experience that carries over into the rest of the storyline. It all starts with a chicken running around a very busy road. Two strangers, and love at first sight. They become roommates after Bear's sisters intervene in his love life. Bear is real mad at his sister's for posting an ad for a room for rent in his house without his permission, but when Trixie comes around looking to move in he starts clucking a different tune. This book is a slow burn with little to no steam or drama.

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This book made my heart smile. I loved that we had flawed characters, and I love that the book centered around the age old question of "why did the chicken cross the road". I laughed, I cried, and I truly felt for the characters. Trixie and Bear made audible "aww"s come out of my mouth, and I just couldn't wait to see where they would go. I went into this expecting a happily ever after, and that was exactly what I got. I also was lucky enough to listen to this on audiobook while reading along with the ebook copy and I have to say that the narrator did a wonderful job and it helped keep me absolutely enthralled with the story.

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It was cute and funny. But somehow, this book was not for me. It was cliched but it is a quick one-time read.

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I struggled to finish this one because I didn't love the main characters or the story. Despite being rushed, I had to force it. Maybe you'll enjoy the "romance," but I just didn't feel it!

Thank you to NetGalley & Publishers for access to this arc in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you to Netgalley and Alcove Press for the ARC.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 stars

This was a sweet, easy read about two people who become roommates following a meet cute involving a chicken.

Bear and Trixie were a cute couple with fun banter and a dose of insta-love. This story started off great, but my interest slightly waned as it went on. I wanted a little more from the 3rd act. Overall, this was a breezy little romance with quirks and swoons.

ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Many thanks to NetGalley, Alcove Press and Kelly Ohlert for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.

Trixie can’t help but rescue animals. When she sees a chicken in the middle of the road, she runs to save it. She does happen to notice the cute man who tried to help. When she gets kicked out of her apartment she ends up at Bear’s place. Bear is a quiet, stick to himself kind of guy and Trixie and her chicken are upsetting his balance. But that is just what Bear needs. As they start to fall for each other, they are afraid of ruining their budding friendship so they try to keep it casual. But, really, when did that ever work.

The story was cute enough, the characters likeable if not predictable. Trixie is the mess and Bear jumps in to save her every time. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a handsome guy who does nothing but help you out? It’s a dual POV so you get both Trixie and Bear’s perspective. There was a quirkiness to it, maybe because of the chicken? Overall, it was just okay for me.

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It took me a while to get into the story but when I finally did I enjoyed it.

A really fun and easy read. The chicken was a good add to this story, something totally unexpected but which was a good add in.

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I picked this up because chicken! And I"m glad our chickens are outdoors!

This was a fun, clean romance. I appreciated the mental rep! I love that it was dual POV so I got to see what makes Trixie and Bear tick. They both have some childhood traumatic experiences (must always be happy to be loved and toxic masculinity) they need to get through that leads to miscommunication. Sometimes the miscommunication trope is frustrating and hard to read but it's also the most realistic. How many of us are perfect at communication with those kinds of backrounds? I enjoyed Bear's family and hello binging Grey's Anatomy! Love it!!

Thank you Netgalley and Alcove Press for my review copy!

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This was a quirky, clean and low-angst rom-com. There is a ton of miscommunication so unfortunately I liked the story, but didn't love it. I couldn't connect with the characters. However, I did like the authors writing and will definitely try to read her work in the future.

I want to thank NetGalley, Kelly Ohlert and Alcove Press for the e-ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are honest, my own and left voluntarily.

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I love looking for new authors! When this author reached out to to last year to help with her cover reveal I knew I needed to add it to the tbr!

I love the dual POV and especially hearing Bear completely head over heals for Trixie from the beginning. This is a heavy case of guy falls first which is a trope I enjoy.

That being said, Trixie did not deserve it. She was not a likable character at all. She ran hot and cold and was giving mixed signals all over the place! We had hints of her back story and what she went through, but I sort of wish we dig deeper into it. Especially since it was such a motivator against her relationship to Bear.

I loved Bear and his family. I wonder if we’ll get another book about Ryan?

The chicken angle of the story was different/interesting. I wasn’t super sure what to think tbh.

I wasn’t obsessed with this book, but I would still be interested in reading more from this author.

3/5

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Thank you to Netgalley, Alcove Press and Kelly Ohlert for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This story had its quirky and funny moments, mainly in the beginning, but after a few chapters, it lost me.

What started off as comical soon became ridiculous. Not only did Trixie have to find a new living situation because she was determined to help an injured chicken (who she names ‘Chick Chick’ of all things), but she also goes into debt due to the vet bills. She has to work tons of extra jobs to make ends meet. I’m an animal lover myself, but the chicken subplot went from quirky and endearing to overboard and tiring really fast.

Trixie and Bear didn’t actually seem to have a lot of chemistry. Bear appeared to have the majority of the feelings all the way through. Trixie always seems to be anxious and/or on edge and just trying to figure things out. There wasn’t steaminess or spice, it was more of Bear being turned on by any little thing Trixie does.

The one bright spot in this story is Bear’s family. Bear is close to his mother and sisters and they really care for each other. They are kind and welcome Trixie with open arms. I love to see positive family dynamics.

Trixie has an angry outburst that was deeply concerning and I don’t feel it was ever properly addressed. The story kept referencing the fallout with Trixie’s high school roommate and the estrangement from her parents, yet those things felt far away.

The two main things that stuck with me after reading this book:
1) Trixie was in such emotional turmoil due to the tensions with Bear, as well as caring for Chick Chick, that it overshadows everything else.
2) Trixie should seek professional help and go to therapy to help address her issues.

This was not for me, but there will be readers who enjoy it. It has its quirky and funny moments in the beginning and shows some positive family dynamics between Bear and his mom and sisters. But overall, the execution was lacking.

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**3.5 Stars**

!!NetGalley Review!!

I had the opportunity to both listen and read this book. I thought it was very cute and a unique storyline, but eventually Trixie's feeling of everyone only wanting her to be happy and her feeling of not being good enough to be loved kind of got old. It was kind of a toxic cycle between her and Bear of miscommunication. Trixie could benefit from some therapy! Overall, it was cute and I enjoyed the ending in Bear finding himself. Thank you: NetGalley, Alcove Press, Dreamscape Media, and Kelly Ohlert for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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📖My Thoughts📖

Rom-coms are in the top five of my favorite genres to read. There’s the every so popular meet cute, the funny moments, the part where the two main characters fall in love, then the falling out, followed by highly anticipated happily ever after. This one had all that, but how many do you know include a chicken? Yes, a chicken! I honestly thought this fit in perfectly with the quirkiness of Trixie’s character. I really loved this book! It had me laughing so much, which was exactly what I needed! I really enjoyed watching the relationship between Trixie and Bear unfold, as well as getting to know Bear’s amazing family. This was a fun and entertaining read. The quirkiness was what did it in for me! I’m a sucker for quirky rom-coms! If you’re looking for a funny feel good story, look no further and give this one a go!
Thank you Netgalley, Kelly Ohlert and Alcove Press for the opportunity to read and review this lovely gem! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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