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Monday, May 25, 2020

Wine Hard, Baby by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Review)

Wine, Cowboys, Math, and Swearing... doesn’t get any better than THAT! Laugh out loud funny as always, in book #6 of the OhHellNo Series, we’re treated to the story of Jed and Camilla in a true opposites attract slow burn saga that proves there are some things that are TRULY worth waiting for!

Jed is a hot, sexy cowboy with a heart of gold and a moral compass pointing true north at all times. He’s dealing with a lot of past baggage, including abandonment issues. Camilla is an a calculator-collecting math nerd with a strict religious upbringing to overcome, and a knee-jerk sailor-mouthed defense mechanism designed to keep everyone at arm’s length. Between my giggles at the antics of these two characters and their support networks, there were times I was almost concerned these two were not going to manage to get their act together...

I loved the inner dialogue that we get from both viewpoints, and the struggles for each of them to find their way to center and really understand what they want/need so they can get it together and work on their HEA. Both of the main characters are real and fun – flawed and funny and TRUE in a way that’s so very relatable. One of my favorite things about Mimi’s writing is how invested you get in the characters and their stories – from page 1. I’m always so invested that I feel like I’m riding out the highs and lows, laughs and tears right there with them all – book after book!

There is SO much chemistry between these two, and as the story unfolds we see it was been there, simmering, for a long time. It was mental blocks on both sides that make them shy away from what they KNEW they wanted/needed – full on proof (in awesome romcom story form!) that opposites attract – and come complete with fireworks!

This is a stand-alone book with NO cliffhanger. There are passing references to characters from other books in the series but you don’t need to have read them to read this book (but really, you should because they are all excellent and very, very funny). I really enjoyed the fact that this book built a bit on characters from My Pen is Huge (since Cami was Giselle’s roomie in the last book, and Jed & Leeland are friends) – so we got a peek into where things were at for them during this story. That was EXCELLENT! 

5 very happy book nerd stars from this girl! 


My general rating rationale:

3 – Perfectly fine story, perhaps some minor editorial errors. Entertaining. Typically with this rating I feel like there could have been MORE – be it believably/relatability, character development, internal dialogue, explanations or depth, richness to the overall storyline, etc. May lose a bit of engagement here and there but always finish reading.
4 – A very good book. Engaging, with well-developed characters, a great plot, relatable scenarios; keeps you invested to the last page. Would recommend to reader friends.
5 – Can’t say enough amazing things, loved the characters, fabulously detailed plot, a quick hook, intense investment in both story and characters (including supporting characters) throughout the book. Will tell anyone who will listen that they should read it (if they won’t listen, I’ll be louder).

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