Charming NFL marketing manager Logan Davis has a major crush on his best friend’s sister. Despite the fact that pursuing her would be a Bad Idea, she makes him want to abandon casual dating.
Sassy social worker Jeni Bishop has lost faith in love. She can’t stand Logan or the NFL team he works for, but can’t help thinking he could help her scratch an itch.
When Jeni’s brother and Logan’s closest friend is diagnosed with cancer, they unexpectedly find themselves on the same team. With Logan interested in a relationship and Jeni ardently avoiding them, they resist their growing attraction even as their lives continue to intertwine in unexpected ways. Can a man who has never experienced love convince a woman hardened by it that romance isn’t dead?
"Sparkling chemistry and artfully real emotion." -Denise Williams, author of How to Fail at Flirting
"Sparkling chemistry and artfully real emotion." -Denise Williams, author of How to Fail at Flirting
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I love this author and I was so excited when I received this book! It didn't disappoint. I loved this one even more than the others previous work! It was unputdownable.
I cannot begin to put into words how excited I was to receive an ARC of this book. Once I realized that it was connected to the author’s first book, “Perfect Distraction”, I was even more excited to get into it. Overall, I loved it. Was it on the same level as Perfect Distraction? Not quite, but I felt like the small things that I didn’t quite get in the first book were made up for in this one. I loved getting to know more about Logan and Jeni’s back stories. I loved that Logan seemed like a mature, normal guy, where Andrew came across as almost TOO perfect in the first book. The character chemistry was spot on - dialogue seemed to flow quite smoothly between the leads. As far as why I took this from 5 to 4.5 stars, Jeni. I loved her, I really did, but her reasons for wanting to avoid a real relationship were exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, her reasoning was valid, but I couldn’t reason with why it took so long for her to truly understand that Logan was different and loved her no matter what. Thank you to Net Galley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
*Thank you NetGalley and the author Allison Ashley for this e-ARC* I really did enjoy this book! I really was rooting for the characters the whole time. I enjoyed their witty and playful relationship as well. The slow progression of Logan and Jeni’s relationship was a classic story of having what you thought you knew and wanted for your life drastically change. The only thing that did seem off was the timeline, some aspects of the story seemed to move very quickly, but truthfully it didn’t ruin the story for me! It was a cute story!!
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I was beyond excited to read Logan and Jeni’s story. After meeting them in Perfect Distraction, I needed to know! I loved Logan from the first sight and knew he’d be just as spicy as I expected him to be. Jeni has such a strong determination to stay the heck away from him that it was only a matter of time before she was drawn in. Their relationship developed so fluidly, without feeling rushed or contrived. Logan gave me serious heart eyes as he found himself falling for Jeni. And although at times I wanted to shake her for keeping her heart so sheltered, I loved how their story developed. This one is a 10/10 recommended read, as was the first story in this “series” because Lauren and Andrew are just perfect! I received an ARC for the purpose of review and all opinions are my own.
So I almost didn't finish this one! But I pushed through it. Not sure what it was! But the things I did enjoy was the characters I loved Logan and Jeni. enemy to lovers is a great one to.me! This was a slow burn.... Which isn't always a favorite of mine! But I enjoyed the writing, setting, characters, plot!
Enjoyed Home Sweet Mess so much! I found both Jeni and Logan very realistic and well-developed. It was also a breath of fresh air to see how imperfect and insecure both of these characters were but actually acknowledging those flaws inside the story. I loved that part of the book dealt with adopting and fostering, but also that one of the characters had to go through a divorce in such a young age. Sometimes it's hard to imagine how life can be different, but starting over can also seem super scary even at a young age. Even though I completely understood Jeni's side and that due to her trauma she was unwilling to try something new, I was also glad that Logan stood his ground and didn't diminish his wants. I kinda wish that Jeni wasn't so indecisive but oh well! This book felt empowering overall and there was such an optimistic view on that sometimes the right person can make all the difference. Would love to read Ashely's other book, Perfect Distraction, as well and read more about Andrew and Lauren since there wasn't an in-depth examination of those two characters in this book.
Home Sweet Mess was a sweet story about a couple wanting different things from a relationship and working through it anyway. The stand out character for me in this book was Logan. A former foster kid, he had bounced from casual hookup to casual hookup before meeting Jeni. Don't get me wrong, at first I thought he was a real jerk. His opening line? No. Just NO. But as the story went on, he grew on me. He had vulnerability and self-awareness that gave some genuine authenticity to his story. I loved him. Jeni was, in a word, immature. Don't get me wrong - I liked her. Eventually. However, the big deal about getting married again didn't make sense. Sure, I can understand wanting to take things slow to make sure everyone was on the same page before progressing to the next stage in a relationship. Still, she's a social worker who works with foster kids, so her not envisaging that there could be another kind of family structure out there didn't make sense, particularly after having several conversations with Logan about family. I think this was the main reason she came across as self-centred. It was like she didn't even consider how he actually felt and instead just assigned him a role in her life that she expected him to fulfil. So overall, this book is a solid read. However, it does read more like a new-adult romance. Light on the heat, characters in newly established careers etc. So if that's not your thing, give it a miss.
Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. Logan who works for the nfl likes his best friends sister named Jeni. When Logan's friend is sick Logan and Jeni spend more time together I enjoyed the chemistry between Logan and Jeni.
I received an arc from NetGalley and this is my honest review. I have to say I was unsure about this book as I was unfamiliar with the author and wasn’t sure I would like it. I read it in one day so I guess that says something about the book. Jeni’s past had a lot of heart aches and she tried marriage once but her husband left her devastated and with some issues that she would soon learn she would have to work through. Enter Logan who Jeni finds out is a player right off the bat. Then to find out he is her brothers best friend to boot. Some interesting twists in this book and it’s well worth it to read. 5 stars
Home Sweet Mess is my first book by Allison Ashley. I requested it because I really enjoy both the friends to lovers AND enemies to lovers trope and while I couldn't be sure which category this book fell into, I knew it was one of the two and either way that's a win for me. The book started out pretty meh for me. Jeni, the main character, felt off. I wanted to like her, but something about her seemed immature to me. Sadly, as the book progressed, I couldn't love her character. There were times when I liked her character but there were also more times when I did not like her at all. Unfortunately, her immaturity deepened and it just didn't FIT with the character the way she was written. However, this book is written from multiple points of view and Logan's character was the whole package. I loved him, I rooted for him. His story was so well developed. His insecurities FIT with his past and ultimately his character. He made so much sense and kept me coming back to the book. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was compulsively readable and the trope DID NOT DISAPPOINT ( I knew it would be a win). As soon as I finished, I searched the author and ordered Perfect Distraction. I can't wait to read Lauren and Andrew's story. I give this book 3.5 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Allison Ashley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Home Sweet Mess.
Thank you #Netgalley for the advanced copy! Jeni is new to Kansas City, working in child protective services, a passion to help people has always been in her blood. Her twin, Andrew, is her best friend and always keeps an eye out for her. Logan, is Andrew's best friend and wants the two of them to meet and become friends. Little did Andrew know what would ultimately happen to his two favorite people, let alone himself. I really enjoyed following the stories of these three individuals and how their lives change, progress, during good and bad times. You never know how much you have in common with people or how different aspects may intertwine for the better. I loved watching Jeni's guard slowly come down and Logan, the ladies man, take a relationship approach to his life. Great quick read! I would recommend!
3.5 stars. For the most part, I really liked this book. Even though it took me longer than I expected, mainly because I was having a hard time trying not to reach through the pages to strangle Jeni, I ended up enjoying it. I had a hard time dealing with Jeni's attitude throughout most of the book - she definitely let one mistake rule her life, and the "woe is me" pity party was definitely getting on my nerves towards the end. Despite that, the story had some funny moments as well as touching, sweet moments, and I loved Jeni's brother Andrew and his story. Logan was an absolutely sweetheart and definitely book-boyfriend material. The football rivalry was hysterical! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the chance to review this advanced reading copy!
This was a very sweet and easy to read story. It was fairly easy to spot what would happen and despite my predictions being 100% accurate it didn’t make it a boring read. The characters were likeable and it was a pleasant few hours lost in an easy to follow book. Would recommend for a few hours of escapism!
Home Sweet Mess by Alison Ashley is the companion to Perfect Distraction - there are character overlaps, so one should really read the other first to avoid two major spoilers. I really enjoyed Home Sweet Mess. Jeni is an outspoken, strong woman, and Logan is a bit arrogant, but also a kindhearted, genuine man. Their relationship begins awkwardly and not without conflict (though minor), but evolves into a strong friendship with benefits and more. There is plenty of banter balanced with deeply heartfelt conversations, which add to the characters' chemistry. It is a well paced novel with strong character arcs and realistic dialogue. If you enjoy enemies-to-friends-to-lovers or best-friend's-sister tropes, then this novel will be an excellent choice for you! Content warning: cancer, divorce, foster system Advanced copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start off by saying this is the second book written by this author. The first book is about Jeni’s brother and his experience with cancer. And him meeting his one and only. I absolutely loved everything about that first story! This one lacked a bit. I did enjoy the story which is why I am giving it four stars, but it is missing something/a few parts were slow. Logan is a well developed character who you can’t help fall in love with right away. Jeni was a bit annoying to me a few times and I just wanted to skip over some of her parts. Overall, I do recommend you read this one. It is an enjoyable story with mostly great characters. I just wish it had more of the feels that Perfect Distraction allowed me to experience.
So here's the thing - I liked a lot of things about this book. This is an enemies to friends to lovers to friends to marriage book. It has an unusual arc - and I liked that about it. I liked Logan and Jeni's commitment to foster children and their friends and family. I liked Logan's character arc of growth and the advice his mother gives him. What I didn't like? Jeni. I know, I know, she's "sassy" and tough. I can love that - and do love that in many books. I just didn't here. I felt she was selfish, immature, and cowardly most of the time. Granted - she is very up front about her feelings with Logan (which I did like) but everyone could tell - even Logan that while she was being up-front with him - she was also straight up not being truthful with herself. I'm also not sure about the title here - I kind of expected it to be about home improvement - but it wasn't. It was about finding home - to an extent - but it just doesn't fit for me. Overall - I liked it - but it definitely wasn't love. I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, but these opinions are all my own.
I love this authors writing style and this was no expectation, it was so cute. I’ve done very few 5 star books this year so far and this was one of them. I loved it! I’ll definitely be recommending this to all my fellow book readers! Thank you for this gem of a book! 😍
What a beautiful story. So many real and raw emotions are expressed in this book and so beautifully written, I cried more than once. I loved Jeni and Logan and how they bantered with each other. As each of their back stories unfolded my heart broke for each of them. Each had a wall they had built to protect themselves from being hurt again and even though Logan is the one who, rather unexpectedly decides he wants more, he wants that connection and commitment, he’s still holding back and protecting himself, it takes his mom pointing it out to him about his past behaviour for him to realise. He then lays his heart out to Jeni and leaves himself open to be truly hurt. Jeni takes a little longer to get the same point as Logan as her past hurt scared her deeply and it is asked her having to move on without Logan to make her realise he’s worth the risk. The moment when she opens herself fully to him is simply beautiful. This was my first book by this author and it was simply beautiful, the heart was so strong. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Home Sweet Mess follows new-in-town, social worker Jeni and her twin brother’s womanizing best friend Logan as they attempt to navigate friends with benefits vs dating while dealing with twin/best friend Andrew’s cancer diagnosis. (Too wordy? This is why I’m not a writer 😂). This was the enemies to friends to lovers romcom book I didn’t know I needed. I started out hating Logan (which was the point) and seriously considering putting it down cause I didn’t want a whole book of him. So glad I kept going as per usual romance style, you start to learn why Logan is who he is and fall in love with him. This book had back story and well as romance. I loved the alternating perspectives as I always enjoy getting inside a male lead’s thoughts. I also loved how you got to see a glimpse of the foster care system through Jeni’s work. My only minor issue is that it annoys me when girls want to be with someone but won’t allow themselves love because they don’t want a relationship 😒. (And this is the second book recently that had that as a story line). For those of us her are terminally single, I just want to scream at her! But that’s my issue entirely, not a fault of the book 😂. If you looking for a great romance with depth and backstory that will give you all the feels, go check out this self published one by @authorallisonashley Thank you NetGalley and the author for this gift eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This story is a breath of fresh air and one I enjoyed immensely. You could relate to these characters so much and once you get into their world, you have trouble leaving. I found myself rooting for them and wanting to meet them for coffee or drinks. It encompasses a lot of topics and the author did an excellent job weaving a story that many are sure to enjoy. One I will be recommending.
3.5 out of 5. This is a cute story. A predictable but cute and nice story that is a very easy read and a very enjoyable 1 sitting read. I loved the NFL focus, and all their meet cutes. Jeni is a bit stubborn for my taste but at least there is some strong character development throughout the story. Sadly i didn't know there was a 1st book, as i might have wanted to read that one but know i know how it ends!
I enjoyed this book. I found Logan and Jeni to be very realistic characters. It was nice to see that the characters weren't perfect. So many times you read books and the characters are so perfect, that they are just too good to be true. But Logan and Jeni are like regular people. It was easy to relate to them. It was also great to see them acknowledge their flaws throughout the book. I get that Jeni went through a trauma so she's unwilling to try something new, I completely appreciated Logan stood his ground and didn't waiver This was a very empowering and optimistic book. It let me see that the right person can make all the difference. Thank you NetGalley, Allison Ashley and the publishers for the chance to read this great book.
Complementary copy given for honest review and opinion. Copy provided by NetGalley. This book was amazing! I loved to see the love bloom from these two characters that was carried over from secret crushes of their younger years.
I really enjoyed Home Sweet Mess, Allison Ashley has a real talent for great characterisation. This is the story of Jeni and Logan and all the messiness of their past trauma. This starts off with a few traditional romance tropes - enemies to lovers and interested in friends sibling. Jeni and Logan have a rough start and Logan appears to be the ultimate playboy. Jeni on the other hand is strong and independent and not looking for love after a brutal past relationship. These two are thrown together over and over and their chemistry is undeniable. As we delve into their backstories Logan goes from a one dimensional playboy to a damn good catch. Jeni’s ongoing resistance to committing to Logan is understandable and at times frustrating. My favourite characters were Jeni’s visiting family and her escape tactics were so relatable. This is a lovely read with real heart and real world problems. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC.
This is a wonderful story, Jeni moves to a new town for a job, it has 2 perks. 1. It’s a job she loves, 2. Her twin brother is close by. She falls into an easy routine of drinking her morning coffee on her porch swing, often accompanied by the sounds of her neighbour and a different gentleman caller enjoying themselves in the bedroom, going to work and eating the best vegetarian sandwich for lunch at the deli on the corner, and watching football with her twin brother on Sunday’s. The last thing she expects or wants to find is a man, especially one she has seen leaving her neighbours house ! This is an endearing story about love and what makes a family. I really enjoyed it.
I loved this book it’s has a great story line. The love story which had been held a secret for many years was perfect. A really uplifting book. Excellently written.
I loved Allison Ashley's debut book, Perfect Distraction, so I couldn't wait to read Home Sweet Mess and I loved this book as well! I liked that the book follows Jeni, Andrew's sister from Perfect Distraction, so we get to see things that happen in that book from her perspective. Once I started reading this story, I could not put it down and was very invested in what was going to happen between Jeni and Logan. Jeni and Logan had great chemistry from the start. When you first start to get to know Logan, I wanted to dislike him, but he quickly made me a fan with how he was trying to change his womanizing ways and would do anything for Jeni. A few times I wish Jeni would've given in to her emotions with how she felt about Logan, but she had very valid reasons for why she wouldn't cave, so I also applaud Ashley for making her a character who was strong enough to stick to her beliefs. The book deals with some heavy topics including cancer, infertility, and adoption, and Ashley writes about them in a way that is not only realistic, but also extremely compassionate as well. Thank you to NetGalley and Kate Rock Book Tours for an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
A huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book tells the story of Charming NFL marketing manager Logan Davi and his best friend’s sister Sassy social worker Jeni Bishop. These two are forced to be in each other’s presence because of Andrew after an awkward first encounter and they eventually get along with each other *wink wink*. Jeni was once married and so doesn’t believe in love *read it and call me out* so watching her find her way to happy ever after one taco at a time was such a blast.. This book will make you laugh, crave tacos, appreciate siblings, and have an appreciation of the foster care system. I totally adored this book and I want everyone to read it and eat tacos of course.
Home Sweet Mess is a delight to read. Allison Ashley is a wonderful writer and even when discussing difficult subjects like cancer, the foster system, and foster kids; she writes about these topics in a heartfelt way without being overly sappy or contrived. The story is about friendship, learning to let go of self-imposed parameters and most importantly family, in every definition of the word. Jeni Bishop is a case worker who deals with heartache every day including her own. Jeni believes any type of relationship only leads to inevitable heartbreak. Logan Davis, works in social media for an NFL team is charming and has devastatingly good looks plus a big heart to boot. These two have lots in common, more than they realize and when Jeni’s brother Andrew who is Logan’s best friend becomes ill, they start becoming a team. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, the characters had depth and were well written, plot lines were developed and not forced, it was enjoyable to see how the story would progress. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about relatable people, about characters you’d wish you knew and where you look forward to seeing where the story goes.
This is another sweet romance from author Allison Ashley. The story is about Logan and Jeni, characters from her previous book, The Perfect Distraction, and it was fun to see them pop up again. Jeni has a strong desire to stay AWAY from him, but of course, it's just a matter of time. I have a new "book boyfriend" with Logan. Highly recommend. Thank you to the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Can't wait to see Ashley's next book!
I really really enjoyed this book. I loved The Perfect Distraction and was so excited for this one. It did not disappoint. The writing just flowed so well and I was able to fall in love with Jeni and Logan right away. Let's be real though- brother's best friend is one of my favorite tropes
If you like the type of story where the main characters are enemies, turn friends, turn lovers, you should definitely pick this one up. The beginning of their relationship has a lot of banter. Not much in the story is a surprise, there are some sad parts ( don't want to spoil it ) and the end is exactly what you wold expect from it.
Home Sweet Mess was such a wonderful read, with so much more under the surface than you realise. The story follows independent social worker Jeni Bishop and charming marketing manager Logan Davis as they go on this journey to falling in love and figuring things out. I had heard a lot about Allison Ashley after the release of her debut and I was curious to see what her second book would be like. It was all heart, it was filled with love and friendships, it’s the kind of book that wraps around you like a warm hug and makes you feel like a million bucks. Jeni and Logan are a great pairing and I really enjoyed their meet-cute, because it was most unexpected. Their chemistry was a slow burn, but it was also so relatable. As his best friend’s sister, Jeni is sort of off limits, but that doesn’t stop Logan from feeling something for her. Jeni isn’t looking for romance and she’s definitely not looking at it from Logan, because she’s had enough struggles and she doesn’t want to go through falling in love and losing herself all over again. While a closed door romance, there’s enough build up to make you fan yourself and grin as they take the steps forward in their relationship. One of the things I enjoyed was seeing how the tables were turned in their relationship – even though they’ve slept together once, Logan has decided that till Jeni is willing to give him more than just a friends with benefits situation, he’s not going to have sex with her again. It’s usually the other way around, where the woman is holding back and I enjoyed seeing how frustrated this made Jeni, but how strong Logan was and how much he stood his ground with his decision. There were certain elements of their relationship that didn’t work for me, but I really enjoyed their banter and the buildup of their romance. Logan might be charming and sexy and popular with the ladies, but he’s so much more than that. I love how much heart he has and how deep his feelings for Jeni run. Jeni was the complete opposite, but even though she’s got a big heart and is deep in her feels, I loved that she didn’t give in to Logan just because he was saying all the right things. Her reasons for holding back were valid, but I also felt like she could have given in a little earlier. I mean, these are purely selfish reasons, because I just wanted them to kiss and touch more and more and have their way with each other! Home Sweet Home tackles a lot more serious topics as well, but I enjoyed seeing how they were seamlessly woven into the main story of Jeni and Logan. How their histories and choices all reflected into the little things that they did. Those are the kinds of romances that I really do enjoy. We get a little bit of sports and we get a lot of family fun, but there’s also so much heart in this book that kept me hooked. I’m definitely going to be picking up Allison Ashley’s debut soon!
Jeni and Logan’s story! Social worker Jeni Bishop just wanted to make a difference in kids lives though her job as a social worker never planned to date again after the end of her marriage but meeting her brother’s best friend changed everything. Logan Davis loved his job doing social media for the Chiefs and running his charity finding equipment for foster children. Things changed when her brother Andrew found out he had cancer (Perfect Distraction) and Jeni and Logan changed from being friends to something more! Home Sweet Mess is what happens when you have a friend with benefits relationship but falling in love was going to complicate everything. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I loved this book. I ended up reading this one in just one day! It made me laugh, cry, smile, and cry some more. I loved the enemies to friends to lovers story and I also loved how the characters felt like real people with real flaws. The author 100% made me feel their heartache while I was reading. I highly recommend this book — however it should be stated there are some trigger warnings: cancer, infertility, & child neglect.
I adored Allison Ashely’s debut novel Perfect Distraction last year (one of my favorites of 2020) and I was very excited to read her next. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it features the twin sister of a character in Perfect Distraction. It is it’s own story and can be read alone, but having read Perfect Distraction first made me love this one even more. I could see little bits and pieces of that story in this one and how they connected. The book is heavy on dialogue and the author pulls you in with her humor and heart. She gives the characters life and you feel like they are your friends by the end of the book. Rom com lovers - put Allison Ashely’s books on your TBR! Out June 21.
Thank you for the opportunity to review this book. I read The Perfect Distraction and really enjoyed it. This was also very good! Jeni and Logan were a sweet couple although Jeni could be a bit frustrating and too rude. I liked Logan better :) I'm glad she came to her senses.
Amazing, stupendous, adorable, and show stopping. The characters have been written in a way that grabs you and doesn’t let you go. The story is amazing. I would love to find out what happens next but happy with my glimpse.
I really enjoyed Home Sweet Mess and think it would make for a great beach read or pool side book if you are looking to add any books to your summer reading. Allison Ashley has such a beautiful writing style that makes you so invested in the story and characters, almost like you feel you are a part of the story. It is a feel good contemporary romance filled with love, friendship and banter. I really enjoyed watching Logan and Jeni's relationship develop; their chemistry was so relatable. I really enjoy when a romance feels believable and honest. If you are a fan of enemies to lovers, with a forbidden Brothers BFF this is totally the book for you.
Jeni has had a past relationship that still causes her to not want to try again. Andrew is Jeni's twin brother. His best friend is Logan. Jeni first meets Logan as he is leaving the morning after a fun night with her single neighbor. They meet again later in the day and things don't go any better. When she learns he is her brother's best friend the sparks fly and not in a good way. I enjoyed all the characters, although I felt Jeni could grow up a little. The flirty, fun banter had me laughing. They both have insecurities they need to work through, but make a cute couple. This is the first book by this author I have read. I did not know there was another book before this one with the same characters. I will be on the lookout for that one. A quick and easy read. Thanks to netgalley and Allison Ashley for the arc.
This week I read, 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘀, by @authorAllisonAshley and this was such a sweet romance, I couldn’t put it down. The book takes place in Kansas City, where Jeni is still settling in after moving to be closer to her twin brother, Andrew. She has her dream job working as a social working for a local government agency and she’s trying to get over the demise of her marriage. She meets Logan, a friend of her brother’s and there’s an immediate interest although they don’t like each other at first. As Andrew has a health crisis, it brings Logan and Jeni together. There’s a lot of hilarious banter between these two people especially when it comes to their favorite football teams; she likes the Broncos and he loves and works for the KC Chiefs. (Which is cute, because we all know the Patriots are the best football team!) they also have such amazing sexual chemistry that you can’t help, but root for them. I will say, I wanted to shake Jeni sometimes because she’s was applying all the things that went wrong in her marriage to Logan without seeing they are two very different people. I did really love the focus the author brought to social issues. Jeni is a social worker for her job and Logan is the head of a charity he founded to help kids have beds to sleep in that they can call their own. I love that this focus on foster kids and adoption was such a big part of the story.
I don't read a ton of contemporary romance, but in the summer they make for great poolside reads. There's just something about sunshine and happiness that go together. Home Sweet Mess is a saccharine sweet love story that tackles some important issues around relationship trauma and the importance of healing. Logan is your typical playboy who is looking for more in his fleeting relationships with women but never seems to find anyone worth his full attention. Enter Jeni, his best friend's twin sister, she is new to Kansas City and he's quickly enamored with her. They have a bristly meet-cute where Jeni, who has just been divorced and has given up on love, disdains him immediately. They're thrown together when Jeni's brother is diagnosed with cancer and needs their love and support. Slowly, Logan begins to chip away at the ice around her heart but Jeni is adamant they will never have anything between them but a "friends with benefits" situation. But, can he charm her and convince her that he is nothing like her ex-husband and is worth giving her heart over forever? I found the characters quite likable, there were times where Logan's enthusiasm bordered on too intense and maybe a bit overbearing but the author did a good job at explaining why and having Logan evolve throughout the story. Logan’s love for Jeni was certainly swoon-worthy, he had a way of saying everything a girl wants to hear with such vulnerability. I appreciated being in both of their heads and seeing the source of their conflicts and their arc of healing through the story. I think I would have liked a little more of Andrew's cancer story, we got glimpses but I felt like there was some meat there that would have made its own great story. Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.
I wish to thank NetGalley and Allison Ashley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is a new author for me but I will go back and read her other book now. If you want to read a good romance this just might be the one for me. It is escapism at its best as you follow Jeni Bishop from the first time she bumps into Logan Davis to the last page. Truly worthy of a Hallmark movie you will be delighted with the saucy banter and highs and lows of both of their stories while they try to decide if this could be friends with benefits or the real thing. Jeni has been through a very painful divorce and Logan is her twin brother’s best friend. Logan is known as a player. It will never work. Or can it? Read it to see but be sure you have time because you will read it cover to cover. The book is a delightful diversion. It has lots of family dynamics on all sides and you will have read meeting all the characters. It is funny and sad in all the proper places.
This was an enjoyable book. I liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. The storyline was well done and emotional.
I absolutely loved Allison Ashley's debut novel, The Perfect Distraction, so much that I was eager (but also a little scared) to read her follow-up book HOME SWEET MESS. But, oh, is it ever good. No, not "good"....FANTASTIC. HOME SWEET MESS is a delightful Enemies-to-Lovers, teach me sex, friends with benefits, brother's best friend, love story. Yeah, Allison Ashley went for ALL the best tropes and nailed them ALL in one book! Jeni is the perfect female lead. She is smart and caring and snarky and you will LOVE her! You will laugh out loud at the hate-banter between her and Logan! it was also so refreshing for a female to be the commitment-shy part of the relationship. Logan is so swoony and sweet! If you like a "reformed rake" then saddle up because Logan is the BEST. This book handles some tough topics with care and authenticity. NOTE: There is a clear Trigger Warning before the first chapter and BRAVO to the author for adding it! These tough topics never feel just thrown in for drama, instead they feel genuine and add to the characters being complex and relatable. This author stepped up the steam from the first book and I was HERE. FOR. IT. The beautiful part is that the steamy scenes portray both the physical and emotional components of sex. The author finds the balance between lighting the reader's panties on fire and also melting their heart. HOME SWEET MESS is all the things! Funny, sweet, sexy, and full of feels. Just read this book already. You will LOVE it!!!
Home Sweet Mess is a delightful romance and a quick read. I enjoyed the main characters right from the beginning (and the secondary characters as well). This is the perfect book to read during the summer! Thank yu to Netgalley for this free ebook in exchange for an honest review!
This book is absolutely brilliant, a superb read that leaves you feeling empty when the last page is turned! Jeni moves to be near her twin brother Andrew, she needs stability after trauma and sadness, she immerses herself in working to help others. Andrew’s best friend Logan is intrigued by Jeni, he’s drawn to the possibility of a long term relationship, Jeni can’t deny the chemistry but struggles with commitment. When Jeni and Logan unite to help Andrew fight for his health, there’s no denying the love and complexity to their relationship. A truly enjoyable storyline, Jeni and Logan have an undeniable connection but it takes time to trust and face fears. There were many serious issues dealt with compassionately, well done to Allison Ashley, a fantastic work! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Allison Ashley grabbed me quickly from the beginning and I was officially on the ride of "Home Sweet Mess". I loved Jeni and Logan's friendship and banter throughout the story. My heart connected with Jeni and her role as a social worker as I too have worked with and advocated for children. She also won me over with her love for softball and football, although I am not as passionate as Jeni. Allison Ashley had a writing that carried me along and made me feel like I was hanging with friends throughout the book. I recommend this contemporary romance for a day at the beach, a rainy day or any day in the near future! Thank you to Allison Ashley, Kate Rock Book Tours and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The meet cute set the stage for a fun swoony romance. Jeni and Logan's story was a breeze to read and full of heart. Logan was the ultimate playboy with a heart. He wants real love but doesn't know how to achieve it or what it is supposed to feel like until he meets Jeni. Jeni is new in town and determined to follow her own path without relationships to drag her down. Epic bonus is that Logan is Jeni's twin brother's best friend so when the sparks start to fly complications and hijinks ensue with a bang. Somehow the author not only gave us an awesome romance but she also managed to cover some very heavy topics including adoption, fostering, cancer, and divorce, and fertility issues. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Alison Ashley in the future!
First of all I wish to thank NetGalley and Allison Ashley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. Jeni and Logan's story felt quite real. Enemies to friends to lovers is definitely one of my favourite trope. And moreover when the book showcases sweet family bounds. The ending is every much predictable and Jeni can be a bit irritating but I loved Logan. There are no surprising elements in the book which made it all the more real to me. In short it was a wonderful and quick read. So if you are looking for something quick then this is your cue to read this one.
This is my first book by this author and will not be the last. She draws you in with the witty banter and multi dimensional characters. The book deals with difficult topics with ease. Logan Davis has a devil may care attitude towards relationships. Until he meets his match, but dating his best friends sisters is a landmine all on its own. Dealing with her barriers and his past takes them on a nice twist to a new relationship. Jeni Bishop could be called stubborn and opinionated, but she loves helping others, especially the foster kids she works with. When she meets Logan he does not make the best first impression, but she simply can't get away from him. And the attraction is undeniable. Can she overcome her own issues with relationships and find a way to happy with the one man who might be perfect for her?
Home Sweet Mess is a heartfelt romance told from Jeni and Logan's perspectives. Young divorcee and social worker Jeni is determined not to be in a relationship again... but enter her twin brother Andrew's best friend and NFL marketing manager, Logan. When we first meet Logan, he's portrayed as a self-confident ladies man... but enter Jeni, the only woman he can now imagine himself in a relationship with. The pair grow closer when Andrew is diagnosed with cancer, but will they compromise for true love? I really liked Home Sweet Mess. I loved the juxtaposition of Jeni's snarky comments with Logan's sweetness. I also appreciated this was a romance with a difference - she's the one that wanted to keep things casual, while he disagreed and wanted a relationship. Both the character development and chemistry was flawless in my opinion. I also loved how their joint love of the NFL and the fostering system were strong themes in the book. So, if you're looking for a relatable and unique romance novel to enjoy this summer, I encourage you to read Home Sweet Mess. Thank you so much to NetGalley and the author for the ARC in exchange for this honest review.
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! ----- Charming NFL marketing manager Logan Davis has a major crush on his best friend’s sister. Despite the fact that pursuing her would be a Bad Idea, she makes him want to abandon casual dating. Sassy social worker Jeni Bishop has lost faith in love. She can’t stand Logan or the NFL team he works for, but can’t help thinking he could help her scratch an itch. When Jeni’s brother and Logan’s closest friend is diagnosed with cancer, they unexpectedly find themselves on the same team. With Logan interested in a relationship and Jeni ardently avoiding them, they resist their growing attraction even as their lives continue to intertwine in unexpected ways. Can a man who has never experienced love convince a woman hardened by it that romance isn’t dead? ----- I loved this book so much! I really enjoyed both Jeni and Logan as characters and enjoyed getting to know them both. I also really liked the subplot of Jeni's brother's cancer diagnosis and treatment and would love to see his life fleshed out further in a future novel (and really can see a set up for that in the book). My only problem with this book is that Jeni's loss of faith in love is perhaps a little bit drawn out and gets to be tiresome be the end of the book. I was really rooting for Logan, but by the end, Jeni had become a little tiresome for me. I also didn't really think the title fit with the plot of the book, and I also thought the cover art could have been chosen more thoughtfully. Still, all in all, this was a solid four stars for me, and I look forward to reading more from this author!
What a totally engaging book from new to me author Allison Ashley. "Home Sweet Mess" is a captivating read right from the beginning. The two primary characters, social worker Jeni Bishop, and social media guru Logan Davis, have seductive chemistry that cannot be denied. Their tragic pasts play a huge role in their ability to forge a forever together. Due a bad marriage, Jeni has no desire to form a romantic relationship in any way. Deciding to restart her life with a clean slate, she leaves Nebraska for a social worker position in Kansas City. Her brother is already living there, studying to be an attorney. Helping children within the foster care system is her true calling, and she is very good at it. Her brother introduces her to his best friend Logan, and they immediately take a dislike to each other. However, when Jeni's brother is diagnosed with cancer, they form a friendship that leads to much more over time. I liked this story and the way the author evolved the romantic relationship between Jeni and Logan. Jeni's rules were a constant barrier to love, while Logan's sensibilities and warmth created a wonderful dynamic. The antics of Jeni's mom and sisters added a bit of humor to a sad situation. Overall, a nicely-written romantic read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
What a sweet and lovely book. Jeni and Logan did not have a great first meeting. He was her neighbors one night stand. After their first awkward meeting, Jeni found out he’s her twin brother’s best friend. Soon after her brother received his cancer diagnosis she learned that she had to get along with Logan for her brothers sake. From there their relationship slowly developed between them that was beautiful. Both have serious past hang ups that they had to work on to be together. Which was understandable and appreciated. There were some serious topics that was presented in a caring and compassionate manner. Overall, I loved this book. It was like a warm hug. I totally recommend this book. I received this ARC from the publisher and Netgalley for my honest review and opinion.
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me read this book in exchange for an honest review! I had a great time reading this book! The world building was a major plus for me, and so were the relationships. I love reading about a tough, independent female characters with a soft spot for those she loves. Many of the romance novels I have been reading are only written in one perspective so it was refreshing to see two. For this book in particular it made so much sense to play off the two perspectives to better understand the two main characters and their personal struggles. Jeni is a social worker with a competitive streak who moves to Kansas City after facing a tough divorce. She promised herself to never get into another relationship again. Then in a series of unfortunate events that day leads her to Logan. A social media communicator with a ladies man exterior, and who also happens to her twin brothers best friend. After a rough start, they both promise to put their walls down and get to know each other for Andrew, her brother and his best friend. One thing leads to another and Jeni suggests that they become friends with benefits. Logan on the other hand has another idea in mind, like actually having a serious relationship with her. Their fun banter is great but I don’t know if I could call this an enemies to lovers trope. Yes, in the beginning Jeni blamed Logan for all the mishaps of the day but once she realizes he is her twin brothers best friend that aspect is dropped fairly quickly. A friendship blooms when a terrible news hits and a attraction is sparked. It was great to see the character development throughout the book. Both Jeni and Logan had there own separate things to figure out about themselves. Their relationship brought those things to light and walls are broken down. Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone! Can’t wait to see wait to see out!
I was really looking forward to Home Sweet Mess after reading Allison Ashley's debut book Perfect Distraction last year. The two books are connected but this can be read as a standalone. Jeni is new to Kansas City and the only person she really knows there is her brother Andrew. One day, though, she runs into Logan a number of times and finds out he is good friends with Andrew. It was interesting watching their relationship grow from tentative friends to mutual attraction to a relationship with potential. I was especially impressed with the character growth throughout the book, especially Logan's. I have to admit I was only feeling so-so about him initially, but he turned out to be an amazing guy. I think having dual POV really gave me the chance to understand him and how his past has shaped him. This was a really wonderful read and I liked the author's writing and storytelling styles. I can't wait to see what she writes next!
After a failed experience with love, Jeni has decided that it's just not for her. But when her twin brother is diagnosed with cancer, she ends up spending a lot more time with his best friend Logan. With all the time spent, they each learn they have more in common than expected and Jeni finds herself leaning on Logan for support during her brother's chemotherapy. Will Logan be able to knock down Jeni's walls for good or is all hope lost. I thoroughly enjoyed this love story! It was a toss up between not being able to put it down and wanting to read slower so that the story wouldn't end. I loved the characters of Logan and Jeni and found that the author added more depth to the characters and the things that they connected on were incredibly sweet and sincere.. This was an excellent read, my only complaint is that I want more!
Jenni and Logan only have one thing in common at the start of the book, and that is Andrew. Andrew is Jeni's twin and Logans best friend. However, as they unite to support their brother and frined through difficult times, they discover they have a lot more in common, And theres something else there that they cant fight against, despite trying. I love a simple boy meets girl story, and this ticked that box but also has more to it. Both Jeni and Logan have their own painful stories and demons to overcome and it was an emotional ride as they shared their past. The story does come with a subtle trigger warning as there are some themes that people may find difficult to read, I flew through this book and it was the perfect read to wind down with. Thank you @netgalley for your gifted copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Enemies to lovers might be my favorite romcom trope and 𝗛𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗦𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗧 𝗠𝗘𝗦𝗦 is one of the most emotional I've read! Jeni recently moved to Kansas City to be closer to her twin brother, Andrew. She's got the job of her dreams as a social worker and is trying to get over her failed marriage when she meets Logan, Andrew's friend who works for the Kansas City Chiefs football team. He's immediately attracted to Jeni but she can't stand him (the Denver Broncos fan is never going to fall for someone who roots for the Chiefs!) but when Andrew gets diagnosed with cancer, Jeni and Logan find themselves on the same team (excuse the sports pun - I couldn't think of another way to phrase it!). Ashley writes fantastic banter and there's great chemistry between Jeni and Logan. The story also has a lot of depth to it as it covers Jeni's social work and the charity Logan started and there's a lot that will tug at your heartstrings (there's a helpful trigger warning before the book starts). I also appreciated that Jeni was the one afraid of commitment instead of Logan (isn't it ALWAYS the guy?) and how the steamy scenes (and there is some steam!) weren't only about the physical aspects of sex but also the emotional. 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘀 gave me all the feels, made me crave tacos and had me calling my brother just to say I love him. It's perfect summer read.
I had quite a giggle at the beginning of this book. As the reader it was amusing that Logan kept appearing everywhere after their awkward first encounter, but for poor Jenny I don't think it would have seemed funny. This immediately made me warm to Jennys character. She seems a little misunderstood. I like how the story unfolds, through the different relationships, family dramas and difficult times. I really enjoyed the banter between Jenny and Logan and also the sibling love between Jenny and her twin brother Andrew, there bond is so lovely to read about. I've read a few books with young people in recently and this being about adoptions and caring for children who had no family (through social services and charities) was really lovely. You shouldn't never judge a person by how they look or act, this may be a cover up for something they're going through, life isn't always as it seems. I will definitely be recommending this book to others and reading another by Allison Ashley.
With Home Sweet Mess, Allison Ashley writes a charming follow up to her delightful debut novel Perfect Distraction. Reformed lady’s man and marketing manager Logan Davis is in like on his best friend’s sister and would love to date her. Jeni Bishop on the other hand doesn’t believe in love but would mind a no strings romp with Logan. But as the help Jeni’s brother, can they resist their growing attraction and the depth of their feelings? Both Jeni and Logan are wonderful characters I couldn’t help but cheer for. Jeni is caring and smart. Logan is deliciously swoony and wonderfully layers. Their banter was fun and the chemistry between them was sizzling. The combination between sweet and fun, love and loss was superb and feel that Allison handled the tough subjects with great care. Home Sweet Mess is a standalone contemporary romance by Allison Ashley. It is an enemies to lovers, brother’s best friend’s sister romance. Told from both POV with a happy ending.
I haven’t read Perfect Distraction, which I now know is about Andrew and Lauren. I’m going to have to read that, because I enjoyed this story so much! This is Jeni’s story, Andrew’s twin sister. Jeni is new to Kansas City, moving for a job, when she first encounters Logan. Later that same day, after two more aggravating encounters with him, she learns he is one of her brother’s best friends. As Andrew has a health crisis, Jeni and Logan become closer. Jeni married young and is now divorced. She says she doesn’t want to get married again. Logan is a little bit of a ladies man. But this time, he wants more and she only wants “friends with benefits.” Or so she says. This is a very enjoyable romance with fun banter between the two— especially about their differing favorite NFL teams. There is great chemistry between Logan and Jeni. He is a pretty amazing book boyfriend. I did want to reach though my kindle, at times, and tell Jeni to wake up. Logan was genuine and not like her ex-husband. Thank you to Kate Rock Book Tours, the author , and NetGalley for my advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Home Sweet Mess by Allison Ashley was a sweet romance with some witty banter and lots of football. Jeni has just moved to Kansas City for her dream job a social worker when her twin brother introduces her to his best friend Logan. Logan works in Social Media for the Chiefs and their first meeting wasn't super successful but their love of football (but not the same teams) is at least one thing in common. When her brother is diagnosed with cancer they find themselves together a lot more but they each have their own reasons why a relationship is a bad idea, but sparks are flying. There is some wonderful witty banter in this enemies to lovers story and I really liked both characters. Logan was totally charming and easy to fall in love with while reading, Jeni was realistically cautious due to her past failed marriage. I liked how difficult topics such as foster care and cancer were written well and were part of the story,
I am already a fan of this author, so I was thrilled to be given an advance copy of this book! The Logan and Jeni storyline is such a slow burn! 10/10 recommend, also if you like this one then you would love the author's other smash hit novel Perfect Distraction. Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for a copy of this book for an honest review.
Home sweet mess...what a beautiful messy love story featuring two popular arcs, enemies to lovers and best friend's sister. This book is about trauma and healing and most importantly find your way to love. I really enjoyed it
I was chosen to be a bookstagram tour participant for this book, which I also happened to have gotten through an ARC copy from NetGalley, so I KNEW it meant I was supposed to read this one. I had heard lots of great things about the author and the cover grabbed me immediately. I will admit, I judge a book by its cover all the time. Covers are huge for me. I started reading this at 11:30 at night when I couldn't settle down for the night after picking our daughter up from a slumber party, and it sucked me in so quickly. I was instantly invested in this sort of enemies to lovers romance between Jeni and Logan. I mean, who doesn't giggle their way through a neighbor's morning sex over a cup of coffee on their porch only to find out that the guy who stole your parking spot and your sandwich is the same guy from the morning "festivities" next door? I will admit that I found Jeni's trauma from her past relationship so realistic. The way she holds everyone but her brother at a distance and doesn't feel like she can trust a single soul. much less some hot guy that is her brother's best friend was so relatable. Allison Ashley did a great job of getting your RIGHT into Jeni's head. I found Logan to be a little unrealistic, but altogether charming and easy to fall in love with throughout the story. Especially when you get really into why he is the way he is and what shaped him into the man he becomes in the storyline. No spoilers, but I read the entire book in 4 hours in one night, so it's safe to say that I loved it. And when I found out that Andrew and Lauren's story was actually written BEFORE this one, I immediately went over and purchased it from Amazon upon finishing this book. Can't wait to dive into that one next.
I always love a good enemies-to-lovers story - the banter, feelings, and slow-burn are so fun to read, and this story definitely contains all three. But there are some heavier topics that make this story extra emotional and satisfying. The meet-cute between Jeni and Logan was perfect and really set the tone for the rest of the story. They two have undeniable chemistry and watching them acknowledge it was entertaining. I especially enjoyed the social work part of the story and Jeni's involvement in the foster care system. There were parts when I wanted to scream at Jeni to JUST ACCEPT LOGAN (come on, he's perfect!) but I know her past prevented that quick decision. Once everything is on the table and choices are made, it made for a great ending. I hope there is a sequel because I need more of Jeni and Logan! I also so appreciate the trigger warnings in the front of the book. I think all books should contain this.
Allison Ashley wrote an insightful book about family, love and fostercare. I loved her characters Lauren, Andrew, Logan and of course, Jeni. This was a strong work of fiction that I couldn't put down and read in one sitting. Ashley truly brings her characters to life with their imperfections and makes them come alive off the page. I cannot wait to see what else she publishes. Thank you netgalley for letting me resd and review this book!
Initially, Logan was not my favorite person. But, as I kept reading I absolutely fell in love with Jeni and Logan. Jeni works as a social worker in CPS and Logan works for the NFL Chiefs. Their paths cross in a few different ways, but Logan is good friends with Jeni’s twin brother Andrew. Jeni is determined not to fall for Logan after gave up on marriage following her recent divorce. He’s persistent though! I loved how close Andrew and Jeni are. Their “twin connection” was beautiful to read about. There are so many beautiful themes throughout the novel, like the family you choose, the family that chooses you, friendship and trusting yourself and others. I absolutely loved their banter, their story and Logan’s mom. She was so supportive and told it like it was! I totally recommend this one and would love to see more of Logan and Jeni’s story!
Enemies to lovers trope is my second favorite in the romance genre. Jeni and Logan are two different people who never expected to fall for each other. But a love story like this doesn't come easy. I mean, the story has a few very emotional moments, and it is a bit heavy. But that also what makes this book unputdownable. The characters are well-written, and the triggers were told with empathy and sensitivity. Also, it has many charming and sexy/steamy moments, which also added to the exciting and appealing love story. This is the author’s second book, and she did great in telling the character’s story. If you haven't done it yet, get yourself a copy!
I always go into the sophomore book of an author with a bit of trepidation - especially when I loved the debut book SO much. So I’m pleased to report Allison Ashley has done it again!!! Home Sweet Mess is just as charming, just as sweet, just as swoony, and just as heartwarming as Perfect Distraction. Jeni Bishop’s first interactions with Logan Davis don’t paint him in the best light, as far as Jeni is concerned. Then she finds out Logan happens to be her brother Andrew’s best friend, setting the stage for a humorous, combative relationship. But when Andrew is diagnosed with lymphoma, Jeni and Logan set their differences aside to be the support Andrew needs during his battle against cancer (which takes place in Perfect Distraction). And the more time Jeni spends with Logan, the more she realizes there’s more to Logan than his megawatt smile and charming, flirty banter. Which is inconvenient since she swore off men after her short marriage ended in divorce two years ago. Logan is one swoony hero (despite a sleazy comment he made to Jeni as he was leaving her next door neighbor’s house early one morning 😳). I’m not gonna lie, I kinda had the same opinion of Logan that Jeni initially did. But Logan’s inner-cinnamon roll won me over. I am always going to love a book that develops the emotional relationship between the couple before the physical one - especially when it’s an intentional effort by the hero. And I loved how this author slowly revealed Logan’s and Jeni’s pasts so we were able to understand their motivations, but did so in a way that made me want to keep reading to find out their stories - yet didn’t remind us constantly that there are mysterious things in the past we didn’t know. Logan and Jeni are compelling characters with realistic issues to work through and they deal with them with maturity. There's no unnecessary angst or drama, just two really good people doing their best to find what they need to be happy in life. I thoroughly LOVE Allison Ashley’s writing, her characters, her storylines, and I love that she manages to make a story totally swoony without graphic steamy times. I love a book that makes me laugh but also tugs hard on my heart and this author has done exactly that. I can’t wait to read more by Allison Ashley! * thank you to NetGalley and Allison Ashley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Jeni Bishop is a no nonsense social worker who is new to town. Still reeling from a bad divorce, she’s ready to start fresh. The only person she really knows in her new locale is her twin brother who vows to help her get accustomed to her surroundings. Part of getting acclimated involves introducing Jeni to his good friend, Logan. The only problem is Logan and Jeni have already met before- each brief experience being worse than the last one. The two acknowledge there’s a physical attraction to the other, but personality wise, they just don’t jive. Then Jeni’s brother gets some bad news that forces Jeni and Logan to band together. But the more they spend time with each other, the more they realize that writing the other off might be harder to do than they realized. They agree to keep it casual, until they start to catch feelings. Now they’re both left wondering if they can live with, or without, the other. Hope Sweet Mess is marketed as an enemies to lovers romance. This also happens to be my favorite trope. There’s a definite witty banter in the beginning that sets things up well, but I would say it shifts out of enemies to lovers territory and more into second chance romance territory fairly quickly. Rounding out the story is an undercurrent about the importance of family and how hard it can be to let go and trust someone completely. This is the perfect light read with Jeni and Logan as a home team you can root for. A big thank you to @katerockbooktours, @netgalley and @authorallisonashley for including me in celebrating the recent release of this sweet romance novel!
Home Sweet Mess by Allison Ashley • • Thank you to @katerockbooktours and @authorallisonashley for my eARC of this novel! • • When Jeni Bishop meets Logan Davis as he makes the walk of shame out of her neighbor’s house, she instantly dislikes him. When fate brings them together again and she finds out he’s actually her brother’s best friend, she decides to play nice, even if he works for a rival NFL team. As the two spend time together, Logan starts to crush on Jeni, even though he knows she’s off limits. Jeni has no interest in love after a bad relationship, but she finds Logan attractive and thinks he may be good for other things. When Jeni’s brother is diagnosed with cancer, the two come together to help him and must continue to resist their attraction to each other. • • This book was absolutely adorable. It is the perfect summer read! The characters are fun and relatable and I found myself just wanting to find out what happened next in their relationship (or lack of relationship)! I highly recommend that all romance lovers fit this one into your summer TBR! • • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jeni desipe Logan yet he's got a crush on her. Logan has install the help of her brother to get closer to her. The tragic of what. It's quick it's witty the book is over before you know you've started. I want to read more about Jeni and Logan. Their chemistry I really enjoyed.
Home Sweet Mess is the first book I read by this author and I quite liked it, as I have come to appreciate the enemies to lovers and the friends to lovers tropes and I feel like both of those were present in the book. The chemistry between the two characters was strong and realistic, just what I need from the rare romance book I read. While I didn't care for the back-drop setting of football and softball, I loved the banter between Logan and Jeni. I grinned more than once at the texts going back and forth between the two, as they just seemed so recognizable. Beyond the obvious enemies-to-lovers story, I enjoyed learning more about Logan's background and Jeni's job in the Foster Care system. Similarly, I enjoyed the relationship between Jeni and her brother as he goes through his chemo. All the same, the book is a bit of a slow burn and I am not sure I stayed connected with Jeni all the way through. I found her to be too unrelenting and too stubborn. Funny, after taking some time to connect with Logan in the beginning. All in all, this was a good romance, cute, with plenty of banter and just that little bit of backstory making it more than just a steamy romance novel.
This is a romance novel starring Jeni and Logan. Jeni is divorced at 26, and works in a welfare organization with children looking for foster care. Logan, who works at the Chiefs, has always been a non committal person and very popular among women. When the two opposites meet, a spark is sure to ignite. This is a light hearted and humorous story. It is mainly centered around family and relationships. The topic of foster care and its significance is very well presented. I would suggest not to have very high hopes from the book, but it is a perfect read after a dystopian fiction or thriller. If you are a fan of enemies to lovers and slow burn, then it is recommended to you. Also, I really liked the pretty cover of this book.
My heart is full right now! I was up all night reading this one, savoring every word! Logan is one of the cutest people I met on books and yes, that sort of person someone needs in their life. Jeni meets Logan through her neighbor. Not meet meet, of course, she just sees him. But she meets him again that day, as Logan is the best friend of her twin brother, Andrew. When Andrew gets cancer, they tend to meet more, and Jeni doesn't date or want any relationship. But Logan is falling for her, hard. Will he be the person Jeni decides to trust again to be in her life or that's the end of a chapter? My thoughts: I get where Jeni was coming from. I definitely get why she didn't let anyone in her life. The author perfectly wrote Jeni's character, just how maybe a person will be messed up and afraid to let someone in their life. I loved how Jeni and Logan's friendship grew and how amazing the dynamic between all three of them- Andrew, Jeni, Logan. Also, if I had a best friend would definitely want him or her to get along(romantically) with my sister or brother(not that I have any of those), cause I take bonds seriously, and if I make a friend -they are practically family and I love them dearly. That's why I guess my siblings are my only friends😃it's easier. Anyway, back to the book- I love the friendship between Logan and Andrew, the bond between Andrew and Jeni, cause it was the perfect show of sibling bond. Thank you Netgalley for sending me an arc,I loved it.
I enjoyed reading how the romance blossoms between Jeni and her brother's best friend, Logan. Jeni is not ready for serious dating after her painful past and Logan comes off as a player so it was interesting to find how they fall for each other and how their past keeps throwing some curveballs in their present lives. The more we get to know about Logan , he absolutely becomes an adorable boyfriend especially after knowing about his family situation. It was a slow burn romance which shows how the right person at the right time can make the life so beautiful! Trigger warning: Lymphoma
Jeni Bishop is a social worker and Logan is a marketing expert. They meet a couple of times in awkward situations and don't get along well. Jeni's twin, Andrew is Logan's best friend and that's how they end up meeting and knowing each other better. Logan finds it difficult to fall in love and Jeni has had her share of harsh experiences in love. Will the two fall into a relationship? I loved reading this easy and quick read. Fun conversations, good character development and lucidity in the story makes it a perfect read for a lazy chill day. Enjoyed reading it thoroughly !!
Loved this book! Such an easy read that hooks you in right away. Almost get the How to Lose a Guy in Ten Day vibe between Jeni and. Logan at first. Highly recommended!
Home Sweet Mess was Allison Ashley's follow-up novel to last year’s Perfect Distraction, and I loved both! I’ll read anything else she writes moving forward, her writing is so fun and fresh. Home Sweet Mess is a contemporary romance with an enemies-to-lovers trope. It starts off just before Perfect Distraction and then runs along the same timeline. Jeni Bishop has been living in Kansas City for a month, escaping a bad marriage and starting over. She doesn’t have any friends in the city except for her twin brother and best friend, Andrew. He quickly introduces her to his best friend, Logan, who Jeni notes is a womanizer. Shortly after they meet, Andrew learns of a cancer diagnosis, forcing Jeni and Logan to grow closer. Logan and Jeni quickly bond over Andrew, their love of sports (and fierce dislike of each other’s NFL teams), tacos, beer, social work in foster care, which is an important cause to them both. It seems too good to be true, but something is holding Jeni back, and will Logan be able to convince her to give love another shot?!
Thank you NetGalley, author Allison Ashley, and publisher for giving me a free arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 5 stars TW: Cancer and infertility This author pulled out all the stops in this incredible book! An enemies-to-lovers/sibling's best friend troupe...YES please! This was such a delight. The characters were so well developed and engaging! I loved the wit, banter, and of course, chemistry between Jeni and Logan was very realistic and swoon worthy. The writing and storyline flowed well, which led me to complete this book in no time and left wanting more and tacos! I also liked the balance the author was able to create between humor and heartache. I appreciated how well the author handled and wrote about some very tough topics. These topics were true to the story and the characters and not just included in order to add unnecessary drama. The physical aspects of the relationship between Jeni and Logan had a lot of emotional connection not just the act! I loved how much Logan wanted to be worthy of Jeni! His desire to take care of her and think of her with the gifts he knew she would like really showed Jeni and the readers he was serious in wanting to create a life with Jeni by his side. I also could understand why Jeni was very hesitant in wanting to be in a relationship with Logan. I was glad she had an amazing support system around her and was able to put a voice to her fears in a very realistic way. The ending was very satisfying with all the story lines wrapped up well. Overall, I can't recommend this book enough to those who are looking for a wonderful romance! I will be looking for more new releases by this author in the future!
This was such a sweet romance read! I loved Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley and was so excited when she sent me her newest book, Home Sweet Mess. I didn't realize it was a spinoff story about characters from her first book and it was so fun being transported back to that setting! This one tells the love story of Andrew's twin sister, Jeni, and his best friend, Logan. While this is fun as a spinoff, it can totally be read as a standalone. 🧡 I recommend reading both!! Things I loved: 🏈 All of the NFL talk. I am a huge football lover (Go Bucs!) and loved that Jeni was a superfan. 💜 Jeni is a social worker who works with foster children and Logan grew up in foster care. I got emotional reading about how they connected over their shared passion for helping children. 🔥 Enemies to lovers! 🌮 TACOS AND BEER. Enough said. The only issue I had with this book was Jeni's attitude at times. She was extremely stubborn, which I don't really mind, but it grated on my nerves a little how she kept rejecting Logan. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I don't know if I'll ever be able to express how much I needed to read this book. The last book I read said something about 'what takes you out of this world?' Well, this piece of art did that to me. This book became also a reminder of how I have overcome every situation in my life and I was never alone. They were always by my side. My family. #homesweetmess #NetGalley
I really enjoyed this book from Allison Ashley. While this book was emotional at times I still loved it. I loved Jeni and Logan and was rooting for them from the beginning. I definitely recommend this one.
Great read. Sweet and spicy. I would recommend this book and author to anyone who is looking for a great read from a good author.
Can we say AMAZING, EMOTIONAL, EXCEPTIONAL! Allison Ashely knows how to take her characters and make them as if your right in their lives and friends with them. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars it’s so worth more than 5! I loved the banter between Logan and Jeni and everything in between!
This is a good read. Jeni wants nothing to do with Logan. Until, her brother is diagnosed with cancer. Now then are all on the same team. Loved it! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for my honest review.
Homesweetmess by Allison Ashley #homesweetmess #NetGalley 4.5⭐️ Well this story is about friendship, forgiveness and letting go of your past. It has romance, humor and teary moments. This book mentions infertility once but if that is a trigger for some individuals then I wouldn’t recommend it. It was an amazing story. I love romantic stories and this one did a great job in giving me those romantic feelings. I could relate to the the protagonist about being scare in loving someone when you think you can’t give them everything. And what I mean everything I mean creating a family because that is what society has define. It has define that women need to reproduce but sometimes that is not possible and this book gives a great example of what family is and how we can still help others when we can’t. It talks about letting go of the past that is holding you back and your insecurities. That we deserve a second chance and have others love us. In addition, it mentions about unlikely situations in which a random person can give you all the support you need. It mentions about the struggles that some indícelas experience with an unexpected health decline and disease. And the immense energy, struggle and support family and friends do to support them in this tough journey. I love it. I can’t wait to add it to my personal physical book collection. Thank you.
This was an enemies and sorta friendemies who find love with each other and brothers best friends sister romance. Its not a light reading story as it has a Cancer storyline with it but it was an awesome story and I really enjoyed it. I think its part of a series but I had never read this author before and I did not feel lost in the story even though I had not read the previous book.
I wasn't sure what to expect by the cover and title but this was a romance that I absolutely loved! A little bit of enemies to lovers (the first chapter will have you reeling!) and a whole lotta heart. Jeni and Logan are equally dealing with some dark pasts/demons but somehow seem to keep up this banter and tension throughout the book that throws them into an undeniable attraction that cannot be ignored. I loved the subject of foster care, Jeni's work as a social worker, and Logan's charitable group. It gave each character some depth and a big heart that I wasn't expecting. There were some serious family issues (and illness) that these characters also had to deal with, all while trying to navigate a semi-relationship. Absolutely enjoyed this book, not your typical breezy romance, but so much more.
I really enjoyed this book! The banter was cute and the meet cute at the beginning was great! I liked that first impressions aren’t always what they seem.
I loved this book so much. The meet cute was hilarious and I loved Jeni's quick wit. I also loved Logan even if he was a total player and worked for the wrong NFL team. I have to admit I related to Jeni a lot - especially her hatred of the team Logan worked for because I can't stand them either! But I also related with her in her heart for foster kids. This book did a good job covering tough topics but also staying lighthearted. I loved all the little things Logan did for others. I loved what a good friend he was to both Andrew and to Jeni. I'm so glad Ashley wrote this second book. I love how the story paralleled Andrew and Logan's book. It was really neat to see more perspectives. I also really enjoyed a book set near my hometown. Reading has me longing for good KC BBQ and a stroll through the Plaza. I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.