Where The River Takes You
by Sophie Sinclair
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Pub Date 14 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2022
Perfectionist event planner Blakely Mayfield screws up when a food poisoning debacle puts her career on the line.
Battling bad press and her business partner’s “suggestion” to take a sabbatical, Blakely doesn’t think twice when her best friend offers up her mountain retreat in idyllic Greyson Gap, NC. Armed with the task of stepping out of her comfort zone by her therapist, Blakely quickly realizes that fresh mountain air, roommate chore charts, and Tucker Greyson, the annoyingly handsome housemate she didn’t bargain for, might not fix her broken ego. Finding herself stuck in between a surreal episode of The Bachelor run by the Greyson Gap Golden Girls brigade, and her hunky housemate wanting to be friends with benefits, Blakely discovers she kind of likes the simpler life—going camping, catching fish, wearing hiking boots, and, perhaps, falling in love.
Ex- baseball star, Tucker Greyson, prefers to be alone in the small mountain town where he grew up. The last thing he needs is a high-strung, clean-obsessed roommate for the summer. He hatches a plan to drive her perfectionist sensibilities into overdrive and out of his house.
What he doesn’t expect is to fall for her. He tells himself to keep it simple and not let his heart get involved, but when Blakely gets called back to her old life, Tucker realizes he has more to lose than just a summer roommate.
Where the River Takes You is the first book in the Greyson Gap series.
"Sophie Sinclair's books never fail to make me smile." - Allisson G.
"Sophie Sinclair's books never fail to make me smile." - Allisson G.
Average rating from 43 members
Something to always look forward to with Sophie’s books is the humor. This popped up on my kindle a few days before the weekend and I knew immediately I was going to be lounging in the sun reading this gem.
Ok a small town opposite attracts book… I’m freaking there! Also when I say small town I mean Creepy Carl, Barracuda bohdi, ecelctic Tanya … and nosy Etta… who I’m thinking I most relate too.
From the title chapters to the content I laughed, swooned and fell completely in love!
Sophie I absolutely love that brain of yours and so exited for the next Greyson Gap!
Blakely is a Type-A clean queen on sabbatical in the town of Greyson's Gap. She quickly meets Tucker Greyson and embarks on a journey of self-discovery all while rooming with the boy who annoys her the most, Tucker himself.
This was my first book by this author and needless to say, I will be picking up some more titles! This was a very sweet, enemies to lovers book that I couldn't put down. I really enjoyed the relationships Blakely created with all the crazy, wonderful characters in Greyson's Gap and her own personal journey as well as the romance/steamy side of things.
This is definitely a recommendation I would give to any of my fellow romance lovers!!
Slow burn romance. They start off on the wrong foot, both making rush judgements about the other person. However, they soon get into a routine as roommates and friends, and both hope for more.
For me, secondary characters make or break a book, and I really enjoyed them in this story. Whit, Jason, Junie, Annie, Etta, Tanya, even Bhodi. Great cast of characters to add to Blakely and Tucker’s story.
If you are looking for a sweet story with some laughs thrown in as well, this is the book for you.
Where The River Takes You is the start of a new series from Sophie Sinclair that takes place in Greyson Gap, a small mountain town in North Carolina. When Blakely Mayfield’s life falls apart in Atlanta, her best friend offers up her river house in Greyson Gap for her to stay in for the summer. Blakely is incredibly high-strung and anxious, so imagine her surprise when she finds out she has a roommate, her best friend’s cousin Tucker Greyson. Tucker is aggravated by Blakely’s OCD ways, but as the two learn to live alongside each other, they both start to catch feelings. Blakely then wonders if the big city where she came from is where she’s meant to be.
I loved this book! I thought the banter between Blakely and Tucker was excellent. The romance was a bit of a slow burn, but very worth the wait! I also loved the townspeople of Greyson Gap. They were hilarious and reminded me a bit of Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls. They truly made the town feel like one big family. Blakely shows incredible character growth in this story as well. Topics such as anxiety, mental health, and panic attacks are handled with care. I can’t wait for Junie’s book, which is the next installment in the series!
I absolutely loved this story. The banter and dialogue between Blakely and Tucker is so funny and Blakely’s interactions with all the supporting cast of characters in the town are so well written they come alive. It was a great novel that I didn’t want to finish and I am really looking forward to reading Junie’s story. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me access to an early copy. I thought Sophie couldn’t top Coffee Girl but I think she has. If I could award more than 5 stars I would.
Looking at this cover (which is beautiful, btw), I did not expect this book to be so much fun. It’s a small town, slow burn romance between unwanted roommates. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Blakely and Tucker. I loved all the quirky characters in Grayson’s Gap and I’m so happy I’ve discovered Sophie Sinclair.
Thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the chance to review this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. #WhereTheRiverTakesYou #NetGalley
This book is the true definition of a small town, opposites attract romance, with an almost enemies to lover’s vibe as well, and I absolutely loved it!
This was such a sweet and quick read. I read the book in one sitting, it just flowed so well! I adored Blakely and Tucker. The push and pull between the two was perfection, and their banter, there were moments between these two that had me laughing out loud. There was no denying their chemistry, it was palpable.
I have to say, I truly loved the setting of this story. It was like I could picture the small town in my head, it was like I was transported there. Sophie Sinclair did an incredible job in all aspects of this one. And let me tell you, the secondary characters were absolutely amazing, I have a girl crush on Etta for real! I’m excited to see what’s next!
I just fell in love with this story and all the characters! It's a sweet, charming, fun and funny story that also pulled on my heart strings a time or two.
This story had me smiling almost the whole way through! (There were a few tearful moments in there as well.) Between the banter, the crazy meddling town, and all the "uh oh" mishaps, there wasn't a dull moment!
I thoroughly enjoyed Tucker and Blakely's story and I can't wait to revisit this small town with the next story.
If I could give this book more than five stars I would!!! I went into this book not knowing anything about it, other than Sophie (I’d read anything she writes) Sinclair wrote it. Oh my word was I surprised. I don’t know what I expected but it wasn’t this book! I haven’t laughed like I laughed while reading this book in forever!! I was hooked from the moment I started this book! I absolutely loved Tucker and Blakely! This was such a fantastic start to a new series! The story telling was so vivid that I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind! You got to know the cast of side characters and get invested in them without it taking away for Tucker and Blakely’s story. If you love small town, slow burn, enemies to lovers, and laugh out loud funny you will love this book! I absolutely recommend it and can’t wait for the next book!!!
Received a arc for a honest review.
A five-star read that ebbs and flows like a lazy Sunday afternoon in the sunshine. This is number one in the Greyson Gap series and I am so, so excited to read what’s next, I adore this author and the Coffee Girl series is one of my all time faves, but this one is going from strength to strength. This author has a great way of making all of the characters strong and enough to hold your attention, you need to know more about everyone, they just feel like old friends and you can picture yourself sniffing candles or popping along to the self-help night. This whole story wraps you in a massive hug, its great, and I cant wait to hear more about Junie and her story.
It was the cover of the book that drew my attention first - and it is just gorgeous, like a beautiful watercolor painting! - and then the book kept popping up on bookstagram, so I was really happy my request on Netgalley was approved and I got to read an advanced copy. Thank you to Sophie Sinclair, Netgalley and the publisher!
This book has everything you could ask from a smalltown novel - there is our girl Blakely, who comes to Greyson Gap to stay at her friend's house after a disaster at work, there is the charming all-around nice guy Tucker, a former baseball star who has moved back to his hometown to help with the family business, and then there is the wonderful supporting cast of townspeople, friends and family who all bring their own kind of craziness to the everyday life of Greyson Gap, North California. And let's not forget Hershel, the dog!
I'm so happy that this book begins a whole series of Greyson Gap books, can't wait to go back!
I will post my reviews on Instagram and Goodreads today, on release day, July 14, 2022.
"The Eluewei flows in all of us, son. It's in the quiet where the answers lie. You just have to move the boulder and your heart with beat again."
Sophie Sinclair does it again! I love this small town, opposites attract love story. There's family with no boundaries, a community that claims you as their own, and enough breathing room for you to find yourself. Paired with Sophie's signature humor, "Where The River Takes You" gave me everything I want in my rom-com novels.
Blakely Mayfield is out of her element in Greyson Gap. But after a disastrous work event, she's forced out of the city with the goal to regroup and let the dust settle. What she doesn't plan for is finding a place where she feels the most herself in years. The only catch is her sexy roommate with a plan of his own.
Tucker Greyson, yes of those Greysons, is the complete opposite of Blakely in every way yet he is drawn to her in ways he can't understand. One moment he wants to bring chaos to her order and in the next second, he wants friends with benefits, to show her how good life could be in the Gap.
"Where The River Takes You" gives you small town drama - is there anything better? - a motley crew of characters that will have you in stitches as you read, and the perfect ending that leaves you fully believing that love can work it's magic in the most unlikely of places.
Honorable mention to Tucker's grandpa, GT. I love a sweet old man and he was just the perfect father figure in this novel.
Where the River Takes You is a small town romance filled with humor, sizzling chemistry and characters that you will fall in love with. After a disaster at work, Blakely takes a break, leaves the city, and finds herself in the small town of Greyson Gap. She unexpectedly ends up with a roommate who she is constantly butting heads with. Blakely and Tucker are complete opposites but over time they start to fall for each other.
Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope which made me even more excited to pick up this book. There were loads of sexual tension between Tucker and Blakely. Their banter and chemistry was fantastic. The part of the book where they were "enemies" was the perfect length for me. They are now added to my list of favorite couples.
Blakely was such a fun character. She got herself into these awkward and hilarious situations that are making me smile now just thinking about them. But she did have some things she struggled with. She showed a lot of growth throughout the book. Her journey to happiness and really living her life added a layer of depth that made this so much more than a rom-com.
There's just something about Sophie's writing and humor that I've always connected with. She's one of the few authors whose books I read that make me literally laugh out loud. After not reading any of her books for so long, the second I started this one I remembered why I enjoy her writing so much. She creates characters you care about and a fictional world you feel connected to.
This is the perfect summer rom-com read!
I read an advanced copt in exchange for an honest review.
This has to be one of my favorite reads of the year. I love Sophie Sinclair's writing style and how she makes her characters feel so real. Like any minute I can run into one if them or call them up. I absolutely loved it and want to read it again. Blakely and Tucker are perfect for each other. I loved the banter between the two and the chemistry between them is off the charts.
I really loved this sweet small town, opposites attract, finding yourself romance.
It’s a bit of a slow burn. Blakely and Tucker have sparks flying! They bicker and don’t like each other at first and how their relationship builds is so much fun. I love the little adventures they go on!
The side characters are all top knotch! Crazy old sassy ladies who are hilarious, to new friends found along the way! This book was definitely entertaining and I loved it!
"I think I would like the river to take me home where I belong."
"And where is that?"
"Here. I belong here."
"Yes, you do."
Where The River is basically the plot of a Hallmark movie with more laughs and steam (a.k.a my ideal combo 👏🏻). What happens when Blakely, a high-strung event planner who counts organisation as her most fun hobby is ordered to take a summer vacation and has to share a house with Tucker, an ex-baseball player and cocky small-town boy?
Here's what to expect:
- City girl x "sinfully sexy" small town boy
- Dual POV
- Summer romance
- Enemies to lovers
- Forced proximity (housemates) to heighten that sweet sweet tension.
- Found family
- A mischievous dog
- Small town shenanigans, complete with characters like Etta Bird, GT and Creepy Carl.
- So many laugh-out-loud moments: "You're like Martha Stewart on crack."
- Amazing chemistry: "I'm drowning and I can't breathe, just from his touch."
- Excellent banter, as Tucker knew how to push her buttons!
- Cute nicknames, like Smiles, Blake and Blakely May .
I just loved these two. It was a delight to see people-pleasing Blakely finally let go and find what truly brings her joy. She was so endearing and relatable, from her honest therapy experience to getting flustered telling Tucker she wants to do casual but doesn't know how. Tucker oozed small-town charm and confidence and I adored how he slowly pushed Blakely out of her comfort zone. The amount of swoony moments I highlighted is concerning 😂. These two were just perfect for each other and their love story was so heartwarming, in case that wasn't obvious ❤️.
Thank you so much to Sophie Sinclair and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.
Very cute and addicting small town romance which I flew through. Tucker Grey was a wonderful book boyfriend who checked all the boxes for being swoonworthy. I struggled with relating to Blakely at times with her extreme type A personality but grew to like her as the book continued. The support characters and overall charm of the town was an added bonus. Did not disappoint.
I just adored this book! It's such a fun story and the characters make it memorable! It could totally be a cute Hallmark movie, but has a lot more steam!
Blakely is a super organized party planner who is on a mandated vacation after a food poisoning at her last event. She drives to Greystone Gap for rest and relaxation at her friend, Junie's, river house, only to find she's sharing it with the rude guy she met down the road while asking for directions. It's a fun, small town rom-com with totally laugh out loud moments. One of those books that kept me smiling the entire time reading it.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review.
I absolutely adored this small town romcom and this is certainly of the kind that make the readers grin almost entire book. It is perfect for opposites attract and forced proximity trope readers. Type A, Blakely comes to this small town in NC to relax and calm herself after a disaster at her business and meets Tucker, who is such an ideal hero, can he be bad in anything at all? The sassy and witty banter between them was simply cute and adorable. I liked how Blakely grows personality wise after her vacation. More than anything, it was just heartwarming and a perfect summer read.
Where the River takes You is a gem of a story, full of great characters and humour and real laugh out moments but basically a lovely romance.
Blakey has come to small town Greysons Gap North Carolina at her business partner Liz’s insistence for a break from her events managing business after an event disaster where everyone suffered from food poisoning.
She stays at a house her Atlanta roommate owns not knowing there is another guest staying there. Blakey basically has OCD, a complete neat freak and has to be in complete control. When she discovers her roommates cousin Tucker is also staying at the house as he has also rented his own local house out she completely stresses out.
These two completely clash, Tucker doesn’t care about mess etc and certainly won’t adhere to Blakey’s rota of chores.
But they are obviously attracted to each other and slowly start a relationship.This is not just a romance, it’s small town life and the characters that make it special. With some sparkling and funny dialogue and some scenes that are laugh out loud moments(the hairdressers) this book is throughly entertaining and I was sad to finish it.
My thanks to net galley and publisher for the opportunity to review this book honestly.
A new author for me and I absolutely loved this book, Blakely is OCD and takes everything on herself, to the point of almost having a breakdown, when she runs into Tucker who ends up being her housemate. Full of great one liners and funny quips., this small town romance involves the whole town as everyone plays a part in getting our couple together. Looking forward to meeting up with Etta and the other great characters again in Junie’s story.
Was so excited to see a new book from Sophie Sinclair! This is an opposites attract romance. Blakely is a event planner and a perfectionist. She plans everything in great detail. She has an event go south and heads to Greyson Gap to stay in a friends cabin to lay low for awhile. Turns out Tucker is staying in that cabin also. Tucker grew up in this town and has been back for a bit from retiring for pro baseball. They are complete opposites but have an immediate attraction even though they think they hate each other. Their banter is great and the side characters are hilarious. Tucker is encouraged to drive her crazy to get her out of town, but as you can imagine things don't go as planned.
My favorite thing about this book was the adorable, quirky town of Greyson Gap. I loved the charming small town feel, with all the quaint shops, annoying neighbors, and well meaning but interfering older ladies. Like Blakely, I could see leaving life in the city behind to escape to a quieter life for a few months.
Add this one to your TBR if you enjoy
💕 small towns
💕 forced proximity
💕 enemies to lovers
💕 Sophie Sinclair's wonderful writing!
I have loved Sophie’s writing since I found The Coffee Girl series a couple years ago and while those books are still my some of my favorite books I’ve read. I absolutely adored Where the River Takes You.
This was such a feel good, laugh out loud, swoonworthy small town romance, enemies to lovers with forced proximity. The chemistry and banter between Blakey and Tucker was perfection. The snarky banter thrown had me cracking up.
Tucker helps his family on their ranch near Asheville, NC in the Smokies. He has a dog name Herschel that loves to cause trouble and a quirky, close knit family.
Blakely is a city gal, who’s type A and needed a quick getaway and ends up in this small town not knowing a soul.
These two couldn’t be any more opposite but somehow they complement each other perfectly.
Also there are some hilarious elderly people who can’t keep their nose out of anyones business that just make this even funnier.
Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for an e-ARC of this book - all opinions are my own!
I am SUCH a fan of Sophie Sinclair and when I saw she was releasing a new series, I jumped at the chance to read Book 1! Overall, I really enjoyed this book, as it is quintessential Sophie… filled with great banter, lovable characters, amazing steam, and secondary characters that bring so much life to the story.
Read this book if you love:
💘 a quirky heroine with OCD and a hunky hero who used to be a pro baseball player and now works on his family’s farm
💘 small town romance with amazing secondary characters and nosy old ladies who like the Bachelorette
💘 an adorable pup who steals the show
My only downfalls for this book were sometimes the story was a but slow and/or over the top in some ways, but I still really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for Junie’s book!
I truly enjoyed this enemies to lovers, small town, romantic comedy.. I have really enjoyed Sophie's Sinclair's novels in the past and this one was no different. It had me laughing out loud and cheering on the characters throughout. I really could relate to one of the main character's, Blakely's perfectionism and her want to let herself go and enjoy life. I also loved that it was a book about finding yourself as well as love. It helped remind me that that even on the days that you may think that one event is the end of everything and could ruin your life, sometimes things happen for a reason and they could lead to something you never know you needed in your life. The only reason I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars is because it felt rushed at the end and I wanted more. On a side note, the cover of this book is absolutely beautiful. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.
When perfectionist event planner Blakely Mayfield makes a big mistake at work, she desperately needs a break. Luckily, her best friend offers to let her stay in her house in the small mountain town of Greyson Gap, NC. It’s perfect, it’s quiet, it’s idyllic. That is until she realizes the house unexpectedly comes with a roommate. Tucker Greyson, the annoying but handsome former baseball star, is exactly what Blakely doesn’t want or need in her life. Can they temporarily share a space without killing each other?
I was so happy to learn about a new Sophie Sinclair book! Her books always make me laugh out loud and feel so much joy. This one is no different. The townspeople are wacky, the mishaps are hilarious, and the sexual tension is off the charts. I could not get enough of Blakely, Greyson, and the whole town of Greyson Gap.
Read this book for:
-fishing, camping, and cattle ranching
There are so many opportunities for more books set in Greyson Gap and I want them all!
A lovely small-town romance with plenty of funny moments. I liked the hint of slow burn, which turned into friends-with-benefits. The characters felt realistic, and the town was almost like a character itself. I enjoyed this and will keep an eye out for other stories by Sophie Sinclair in the future!
Thank you NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC of Where the River Takes You.
I am happy to report that Sophie Sinclair has started a new series! The first installment of the Greyson Gap set was great. It had a feel good vibe while Blakely found her way on a path she hadn’t planned for and Tucker reconciled that his wants and needs were changing.
I enjoyed the bantering dialogue and humor of this book. I am not the biggest Enemies to Lovers fan and this one was a heavy dose in the beginning. I enjoyed the plot and evolution of the characters. I’m super excited to read the next book!
I loved the way Sophie engaged the other residents of the town by making them involved in the story like the feud between Etta and the lady who wants to use the toilet always. The constant swirl of gossip keeps the town like what a small town should be, “everyone in everyone’s business”
Slow paced and fine story telling.
When first I reading the book, somehow I feel relieve, calming and relax. An enemies-lover trope that doesn't feel like it is.
It's a slow burn romance and I enjoyed both MC Blakely & Tucker. their interaction are very adorable and doesn't really over the top. other characters also very well done written and I love the little spice as well..
All I can say this book is really sweet, charming and hilarious. despite there is a bit minor issue with pacing that for me a kinda too long at first but I really love how the author could bring us to picture the small town and be part of them.
If you looking for a lighthearted romance with necessary drama and could pull you in like you are in a small town with nature around, this is a right book for you.
Thanks NetGalley and publisher for the e-ARC!
This book so far is the closest of new adult small town romance that brought me the feel of warm and calm when I'm reading it. The slow burn romance, tension, and kinda long pining to each other from both of MCs are to dying for. Not to mention how great and entertaining it is to see their banter and antics to drive each other crazy at first to resists what their heart wants till they're being honest to each other. I love all the characters in the town, they're all so alive, quirky, and hilarious, and that's what brings the town truly come alive! I admire some of the town's wise words too from GT and Etta. Overall, this book is a good one to pick to relax and enjoy yourself in the weekend.
Where are my romance and romcom lovers at!?! Or anyone who loves a fast-paced story that combines humor, strong women, and a whole lotta steam!
From the very beginning I just wanted to move to Greyson's Gap just so I could hang out with this amazing cast of characters!
Like all her other books, Sophie Sinclair writes a story that has you wanting to jump into the pages! There is always a bunch of laugh-out-loud moments, quirky characters, heart, friendship, and just the best kind of storyline to lose yourself in.
But the best part, like in all her books, are the real characters that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions making your heart melt, has you getting good and angry, crying, and almost peeing your pants laughing - Oh the humor in this story is just the best! And I just loved the way I was able to relate and connect with each character.
As for the romance...This is an enemies to lovers that brings all the steam and tension I love!
If you are looking for a slow burn romance with tension, small town drama, then this book is for you.
Where the River Takes You was absolutely adorable and it is the most I’ve laughed while reading a book ALL year. I got very strong “The Proposal” vibes from this one. It is full of sneaky, meddling, well-meaning geriatrics and downright hilarious family members who are all desperate for the two main characters to get together. Blakely is a bit of a control freak, who’s hobbies include organizing and stress-vacuuming and her favorite color is white. She is living to work and absolutely miserable doing it, but doesn’t realize this until there’s a big blow up in her career, bringing her from Atlanta to Greyson Gap, NC. I saw a lot of this girl in myself and nothing made me happier than to see her to grab the YOLO mentality and run with it. Then there’s Tucker- an honorable guy who, very willingly, gave up his pro baseball career to move back and help his family. He’s started his own business, comes to his family’s aid on a minute’s notice, and even still maintains their family ranch. It seems like he’s absolutely thriving until Blakely, his unexpected neat freak of a roommate shows up, and changes everything. This guy was determined to scare her off and the things he tried to do to spook her were so entertaining! The way these two fell in love was sneaky… they slowly weaseled their way into each other’s lives until there was no turning back. This was an adorable love story with a few very spicy scenes that were perfection! I highly recommend this to anyone that loves an enemies to lovers, close proximity, small town romance.
The opening scene proves that Mayo is an abomination and should be forbidden. Utter and complete chaos from Mayo. What an opening that had me alternating laughing and covering my mouth in horror.
I loved this book and it was just what I needed. Low in drama, high in humor and steam, and a small-town setting that made me feel right at home. After finishing it I was sad that Greyson Gap, nestled in the mountains of NC, doesn’t really exist. It felt like home.
I loved the enemies to lovers banter between the 2 MC, the forced proximity from having to share a house, and all the found family. Bhodi had me snort laughing because he was just so over the top clueless and in his own world, doing his own thing. He’s the neighbor that would grate on your very last nerve and cause a perma eye twitch, but as an outsider, I found him quite comical. And I petition all small town romances must come with an adorable dog.
The dialogue between Tucker and Blakey was snappy and humorous and kept the story flowing while waiting for the payoff from the slow burn. The wait was well worth it because the author did not hold back on the steam.
I’m sorry I waited so long to review Where the River Takes You. It is perfect for a lazy summer afternoon with a glass of ice cold sweet tea and the sound of running water nearby. It’s available in KU. Even though summer is coming to an end, I encourage you to pick this one up. It will leave you feeling refreshed and smiling and would be a great pick me up.
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