The Start of Something Good (Stay #1) by Jennifer Probst

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An enriching story of family ties, broken hearts, and second chances from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

When Ethan Bishop returns to the Hudson Valley, his body and spirit are a little worse for wear. As a former Special Forces paratrooper, he saw his fair share of conflict, and he came home with wounds, inside and out. At his sisters’ B & B and farm, he can keep all his pain at a safe distance. But quiet time isn’t easy when a fiery woman explodes into his life…

It’s business—not pleasure—that brings Manhattan PR agent Mia Thrush reluctantly to the farm. Tightly wound and quick tempered, Mia clashes immediately with the brooding Ethan. Everything about him is irritating—from his lean muscles and piercing blue eyes to his scent of sweat and musk.

But as the summer unfolds and temperatures rise, Ethan and Mia discover how much they have in common: their guarded histories, an uncontrollable desire, and a passion for the future that could heal two broken hearts. But will their pasts threaten their fragile chance at a brand-new future?


The Start of Something Good was a fun, sweet read. Ethan and Mia were pretty fun to read. 

Ethan left the Hudson Valley as soon as he could. He wanted something bigger and better, but now he is back to try and heal somewhere where he can be alone. He doesn't want to deal with people when he is a bit banged up inside and out. He is pretty closed off and grumbly. I loved him. 

Mia was sent to Ethan's family's ranch to watch over her client's daughter as she works her community service. She has a PR firm in the city that she has built from the ground up and if she can keep this client happy it will open a lot of doors for her. So she can suck it up and spend the summer on a farm if she has to. 

When Ethan and Mia first meet they definitely do not like each other. Each makes a snap judgment of who the other person is without really knowing them, and they were both very off base. This is an enemies to lovers story and it was awesome. These two couldn't stand to be around each other until they both start opening up. Then they realize just how much they have in common. But this is one of those stories where I didn't know if it would work out for them in the end. I mean Ethan wants to live in the country. He wants that calm, quiet life that you can't get in the city. And Mia is a city girl. That is where her business is and she can't just abandon what she has worked her whole life for. So it was a tough one, but I loved how this story played out. These two seem like they shouldn't work initially, but they were great together. 

If you are a fan of this author already then this is another great read from her. If you haven't read her before this is a great place to start. Ethan and Mia were so much fun!

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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