by Inés Saint
Series: Spinning Hills #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Filled with storybook architecture and rich with history, the town of Spinning Hills, Ohio, has seen better days. Now the Amador brothers are determined to restore the neglected community to its former glory. But it takes more than a hammer and nails to make a house a home… Perfumer Holly Bell has a nose for scents and a head for dreams. A former military brat who longs to put down roots in Spinning Hills, she’s been saving for years to buy a certain ramshackle Craftsman for herself and her young daughter. For once in her life, everything’s going according to plan—until a real estate flipper steals the house out from under her! She can’t afford to outbid him—but she can’t seem to stop thinking about him either... Dan Amador isn’t back in Spinning Hills to stay. Checking on his brothers and renovating one house in the family tradition will be plenty until it’s time to move on. Yet what seemed easy turns out to be anything but, especially when it comes to the gorgeous single mom who lives next door. Before he knows it, Dan seems to be creating the house of her dreams. He doesn’t believe in the kind of fairy tale ending Holly longs for—but he can’t deny that her stubborn optimism has found its way into his heart…
Flipped by Ines Saint is the first novel, in her new small-town contemporary romance series called Spinning Hills. I was drawn to Flipped because I love watching shows about flipping houses. Flipped offered small-town charm, banter and sweet moments making it the perfect read for a summer afternoon escape.
Coffee Dates with Flipped!
- First Date: Holly Bell is a single divorced Mom and has the night off. She decides to take an unauthorized walk into “her” future home after learning the bank accepted her offer. Holly has big plans for the rundown Craftsman and has spent the last five years saving to realize those dreams. The events that unfold have me giggling and annoyed when we discover Dan Amador has outbid her and now owns the house. These two have chemistry but I would not exactly call it sizzling, unless thoughts of frying up Dan are romantic. I have a feeling we are in for a ride.
- Second Date: I love this quirky little town.Dan is a bone-headed idiot at the moment, but I have hopes. The banter between Holly and Dan slowly develops into friendship and more. Saint weaves in wonderful secondary characters from the other Amador brothers to Holly’s daughter. We get plenty of banter as Dan makes some assumptions that quickly get him in trouble with folks. It was fun watching him make amends and discover how wrong he was. Holly is a perfumer and I liked her snark and independent streak. Saint does a wonderful job of fleshing out Dan and bringing me around to liking him.
- Third Date: Growing pains, a little two-step and some “ah ha” moments had me flipping the pages, swooning a little and losing myself within the story. When I began reading, I did not realize this was the first in a series. In fact, I often felt like I had missed something regarding secondary characters and eventually stopped reading to see if this was perhaps the third book in a series. I was surprised to find it was the first. Secondary characters piqued my interest but felt information was lacking. I enjoyed the romance, which was slow burning and offered passionate kisses and eventually some heat.
Caffeinated Reflection on my dates with Flipped: Flipped was a fun, light read and I found the town of Spinning Hills to be one I’d like to visit again. Low on angst, with side stories that wrapped up nicely I ended these dates with a smile.
I do like books that aren’t that angsty too, sounds like there were some interesting side stories. Lovely review Kimba!
Thanks Jeann, it was fun and I liked the flip aspect
Well, the cover is adorable but the story sounds just okay.
The romance was fun, I just wanted more deets about secondary characters. However the series will feature each of the brothers and I am hoping they are all fleshed out
This sounds right up my alley! Great review Kim!
Thanks Paij, it was fun 🙂
Braine Talk Supe
I’m a single mom so that’s the initial draw for me. Also, a “bone-headed idiot” is a good thing. Tsk, Men!
Hehe it was and the little one was adorable and added humor and sweetness
This book sounds so sweet! And from the cover it seems that these two fall on love over flipping the house? I’m a sicker for romance.♡ and oops! Didn’t realize it was the third book in the series? That has happened to me before and I had to reread and start from the beginning. 😉
It was the first but secondary characters had me thinking I missed something
I like “quirky” little towns, too! Thanks for the post!!
I hope you give this a try Angela
This sounds like a sweet and cute little romance! However, I get so lost and confused in a story where I feel like information is lacking. That’s why I mostly avoid jumping in to a series at the middle. I’m glad that Dan realized his mistakes and made amends. Holly sounds like a really fun character. Wonderful Review Kim!!!
It wasn’t confusing thankfully, it just made me feel like I missed a book, but I have a feeling we will get to know the characters more in the next book.
Melissa (Books and Things)
Low angst after the confrontation? 🙂 This one does sound fun even if a bit underdeveloped. I’m wondering if the others in the series would fix that. I might have to pick this one up for the fun of it!
I think so Melissa each book will be about a different brother
Fun and light in a cozy town, but that niggles me about about it feeling like a second or third book due to lack of information.
Yeah, it was like the secondary characters just appeared and I felt left out..but they were such a small part and apparently the rest of the series focuses on each brother.
Ah, another small-town romance, but with a bite, if I understand correctly 🙂 I love nicely done banter! It’s got potential and I hope to get to it over the summer. Wonderful review as always, Kimba <3
Bite as in snark, banter, back and forth yep! Low on heat though.
I love reading about small town communities, building houses, banter, so I guess I’ll have to add this one to my list. Lovely review, Kim 🙂
Hope you enjoy it my friend
This does sound like it would be a really good escape read. I love watching these type of reality shows as well (about the only ones I will watch except the cooking ones, those fascinate me as well!). Great review Kim. I think I would like this as well.
Thanks Ali, I have one on in the background right now..LOL
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
This lack of information on secondary characters would surely bother me too, but small town romance, low angst and a whole community are exactly what I want to read.
It appears the series is about brothers and we will learn their stories in the next book, but yep I felt like I missed an episode.
Definitely right up my alley. The book looks fun and I’m already swooning just by that cover and blurb and your very cute review just gave me the nudge to check it out 🙂
Enjoy Paula, I had fun reading it.
Sounds cute:D I like the fact these two sound like real people and its not all perfect. Nice review:D
I liked how realistic it was too Lanie 🙂
Brandi Breathes Books
Yay for swoon worthy and page flipability 🙂
Exactly, thanks Brandi!
Kim, love the cover, love the low angst rating so this one goes on my list! Thanks
Low angst is always welcome
I love books about making over houses or even just rooms….this one sounds like a series I will enjoy. Thanks!
It does, and I love that it is about brothers and renovating houses
You mentioned the magic word! *BANTER*
You know how much I enjoy banter in books and this sounds fun.
Ha! Here is another one..the series is about Brothers!
Felicia The Geeky Blogger
Sounds like the perfect afternoon summer read. Flipping house shows are like crack but then they end up expensive cause I try stuff!
hehe…I’ve been guilty of that as well Flea!
Tyler H Jolley
I really enjoy the flipping house shows as well. That couple in Texas is my favorite, Chip and Joanna I think are their names.
Oh yes I love Chip and Joanna. I like the way she decorates.
Fluffy, light reads can be just what the doctor ordered, Kim, and having a male MC being kind of boneheaded makes me chuckle 😉
I love small town romances, so I will definitely check this one out.
Realistic right? lol
LOL, yeah, that’s one way to put it, Kim!!
Sounds like another great small town read Kimba! Just a shame about that feeling of missing something, sounds like it’d be difficult to wrap your head around.
It just felt odd, but we will meet the rest of the brothers so I am sure she will flesh them out
Lover Of Romance
oh this sounds like such a fun romance!! I do love that small town feel to books. Glad to see you enjoy this one so much.
I did enjoy it, and love small-town romances.
This sounds like a sweet read Kimberly. A shame it felt like you were missing out on something. Hopefully things fall into place if you continue to read them!
Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace
Yes it is about brothers, whom we met. I have a feeling since she fleshed out these characters she will do the same in the next, but yes the way they were introduced made me feel like I missed something
SOunds like a nice town and a nice couple
It was thanks Linda
It’s nice to have a mum there, it’s not used a lot. I didn’t know about this one I confess but the review is really cute. great review!
It was cute Melliane, and I loved the craftsman home