⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.5 Stars)
What happens when your best friend, the one who has been with your through it all, the one that’s your person, needs you to move with her to the small town of Green Valley, manage a farm AND help raise her baby? Well, Thuy (pronounced Twee) is about to find out.
When I read the blurb I was expecting a rom-com scenario where two disaster-prone friends would learn how to navigate country life, but Prose before Bros is so much more than that.
It happens that Maddy’s (the BFF) brother is none other than Teddy AKA Drill. If you read any other Green Valley book you are well aware that this apparently calm city is haunted by the presence of the Iron Wraiths, the local biker gang. And well, we hate them, all of them, right?
Well, wrong. We’ve seen in other books characters like Jethro and Nathan (from Love in Due Time) regret their choices and make it out of the ‘crime life’, but Drill… Well, that was a surprise I wasn’t expecting. Cathy Yardley makes a great job of injecting us with a healthy dose of perspective and making us love him anyway.
And you might think, Thuy is a smart big-city librarian, what could she possibly have in common with a dropout gang member that has a shaved head and wears leather like a uniform? Funny enough, loads. Their interactions are supercharged, and you just root for them against all odds.
And this book ends up having a ton of angsty moments, I’m a sucker for drama, so I loved it. But I was biting my nails until the very end, wondering until the last few pages how things could possibly turn out ok. They do, though. The plot flows naturally and every detail gets a satisfying conclusion.
I loved Thuy as a character, she was loyal, beautiful, smart and unafraid. It’s an amazing thing to see a female character with so much backbone. And romance-wise, it was cute, steamy, angsty, and heartwarming.
Overall this was an intense story with a gratifying ending. I hope we get to see more of Thuy and Teddy in the future.
This was an ARC sent to me in exchange for an honest review.