Blog Tour: Love, Exes, and Ohs (Cactus Creek #4) by Violet Duke

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He may very well be the perfect ex...

Isaac McKnight has had enough loss in his life to know never to take anything for granted. So when the perfectly-imperfect-woman-for-him puts an end to their relationship out of the blue, it's Isaac that makes sure they remain friends. Now a year later, whether it's at his gym or her brewpub, or the dog park they visit every weekend--though neither of them own a dog--he and Xoey are steadily getting sucked deeper into buddy-zone galaxy, with its dangerous proximity to watch-me-settle-down-with- someone-else abyss. It's a reality he's resigned himself to. That is...until one drunken confession changes everything.

But she's looking for the perfect oh...

For Xoey Montenegro, history has taught her that sometimes, it's Prince Charming who vanishes without a trace. And fairytale love? Highly overrated. Heck, give her a real and perfect 'oh' over that fantasy any day. So as far as rock-solid tequila-fueled plans for her love life go, coming up with a match-finding formula based on the qualities of the men responsible for her three most epic ohs seems brilliant. Except for the fact that one-third of her genius little man-quation is all about her friend Isaac. Actually, more than a third if Xoey were being honest with herself--which she's not. Because full honesty would require thinking not just about how perfect Isaac really is, but also about how perfect the fourth epic oh she's kept buried deep in her past once was. An easy enough thing to keep ignoring...until her past isn't past tense anymore. 


*Note: I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Love, Exes and Ohs was such a great read! I am so glad I took a chance on this new to me author. This definitely won't be the last of her books I read, especially if they are all as good as this one was.

Xoey and Isaac are best friends. They talk all the time, the meet up for breakfast every week at the dog park, they are just perfect together. Only Xoey doesn't want to be more than friends. She dated Isaac in the past then broke up with him for no reason he can figure out. That didn't stop him from making sure that they stay friends. He loves her and wants to be with her in whatever capacity she is willing. Maybe one day she will realize how amazing they are together and he will get his happily ever after. For now though he is just there for her whenever she needs him and he takes his frustrations out at his gym. When she goes on dates he hits the bags. It works for now.

Xoey really cares for Isaac. She loves him, she just doesn't believe in the happily ever after. Though it is getting harder to keep things in the friend zone with Isaac. He is always there for her and it is just so sweet. One drunken night she decides she is not going to look for love anymore, but someone to give her a great oh. She makes a list of qualities the men must have based on the three men who have given her great oh's on the past. Only Isaac makes up most of the list.

This was a great story and Isaac and Xoey are so cute together! Watching them fall for each other and work everything out was just amazing. I just loved them so much. Xoey has been burned in the past and she is having a hard time letting that go. When the past comes into the present I thought oh no. This is what is happening? Oh this is going to be lame drama llama. Only it wasn't. The author dealt with the situation the characters find themselves in in such a refreshing way. Not a lot of drama. Not a lot of unnecessary heartbreak. It is like Xoey and Isaac are adults and handle what comes at them in a more grown up way. Instead of being all crazy emotional they work through things. Sure it took some time to get to happily ever after, but the way the author handled everything I loved. There were a lot of times when it could have been really cheesy, or cringe worthy, but the author didn't go there. It was amazing. I loved it. Most other authors wouldn't have written the story this well. I definitely need to go read more as the way she handled everything was just perfect. I loved the characters, I loved the story, I just loved this book! A great read, highly recommended. It was a lot of fun, so cute and sweet and just amazing. I'm so glad I gave this book a try.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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About the Author:

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her NYT and USA Today bestselling books have been Top 10 bestsellers across the major eretailers both in the US and internationally. When she's not writing or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. A born and raised island girl, she spends her days getting into creatively fun trouble in Hawai'i alongside her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.

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  1. Thank you for the awesome review and spotlight post!!! <3 <3




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